Call me Scrouge but I have been having this silly dilemma in my head about what to do with Santa Claus. Of course I grew up like most kids thinking he was real until the moment, sometime in my early elementary days, that I realized it was just mom and dad. As an adult I don't think there is anything necessarily wrong with Santa Claus, but I feel it's a bit over-rated sometimes and gets in the way a little of what Christmas is really about. Plus to be honest, the Santa's in the mall and such really sort of creep me out. Don't get me wrong - I'm not saying we should ban Santa or that he's bad or anything like that. The question for John and I becomes, should we go along with the charade and play it up like I know we can, or still tell the story of Santa but not really enforce his "realness" and focus more on Jesus and the reason for the season? I know some of you may be surprised that I would even struggle with this. (Mom, Dad I am grateful for having Santa as a kid don't get me wrong!) I have not come to a solid decision yet (which is almost impossible for me these days) but this video makes me really excited to play up Santa Claus.
The closer Christmas gets and the more excited about toys and festive Christmas things to do with Aaron, the more I want to create a little "Santa magic."
So I'm curious... Does EVERYONE out there play up Santa as a real magical person? I know there are some that don't have anything to do with Santa at all which is not what I'm wanting to do. Is there a happy medium? And for those of you who do play up the magic of Santa, what is it like when your kid realizes that it's all a lie and you've been pretending all along? I don't remember when this happened for me as a kid - mom?