SantaMuch to my disappointment, shock, and sheer panic -- it appears as though my 6-year-old is starting to catch on to the fact that the whole idea of Santa seems a little bit fishy.

The other night, we were sitting on the couch and he saw some commercial on TV where a little boy (or maybe it was a girl, I can't remember) was watching Santa come down the chimney into the living room on Christmas Eve.

And at that point, he turned to me and said, "Mommy, I want a video camera installed in here -- because then I can watch for Santa and see if he's real."

Not gonna lie, my heart totally sank, and my inner reaction was something along the lines of, "Holy freakin' sh&%. He's figured it out."

I looked at him and kind of laughed and said, "Oh, of COURSE he's real!" -- and then I quickly changed the subject.

But seriously, even though I knew the day would come when he started questioning Santa's existence -- I thought he'd be a little bit older than 6 before it happened. (Like maybe 8 or so?)

And I'm really, REALLY hoping that's the last glimmer of doubt I'll hear from him this season, but what if it isn't?

What the heck am I supposed to do if he looks me in the eye and flat-out asks me, "Is Santa real, Mommy?"

Do I lie straight to his face for the sake of savoring what may very well be the last year I get to relish in the look of wonder in his eyes on Christmas morning?

Or do I go ahead and tell him the truth, all well knowing it will break both of our hearts? And what if I tell him the truth and then he goes to school and spills the beans to some other kid who still believes in Santa and then I get the phone call from hell from an irate mother who thinks I'm the anti-Christ?

I'm definitely torn between which way I should go if the question pops up again. But until it does, I'm going to savor every single second I have left of him believing in the little bit of magic that is Santa.

Have your kids asked whether Santa is real yet? What did you tell them?

 

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