Teacher Who Spilled Santa Beans Should Get Coal This Holiday

Back before I had kids, I swore up and down and around the block that we would never do Santa Claus. The dude with the belly full of jelly (or however that goes) and the red suit creeped me out and I wasn't about to force him on my kids. And then my kid turned 2. It was Christmas and her eyes lit up with love for Santa, and all of a sudden, I was hooked on the magic and the innocence of her belief.

As a mom, I take issue with lying to my kids and the commercialization of the holiday and the general creep-factor of an old fat man who loves kids shimmying down my chimney in the middle of the night. But all of that pales in comparison to my kids' excitement. Both of my children adore Santa so much, I wouldn't want to take that from them even a moment too soon. I want to milk it as long as I can, which is why I'd be livid if I was one of the parents in New York whose kids were told there was no Santa by their teacher.

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The second grade teacher told children that it wasn't "Santa" who puts their presents under the tree at all. It was their mom and dad and there was no Santa. Can we say furious?

Look, I get that my kids are 3 and 4 right now and I get that they won't believe in Santa forever. But it's my job to tell them there is no Santa. Even if the teacher doesn't perpetuate the myth with her own kids or doesn't celebrate the holiday, she could, at the very least, just remain silent.

I'm not naive and I realize 8-year-olds might have their doubts. Lord knows, I knew myself when I was 5 and my mother explained it to me. But on the off-chance that a kid still truly believes, why take that away from them?

Life is short, but the years we believe in magic are so much shorter. If we live to 80, there is a good chance that we will spend 90 percent of that life grounded in reality and knowing that so many things in the world aren't as they should be and that life is unfair. Why start knowing that any sooner?

Let kids have their fun. I am not saying that teacher should be fired, but she should at least have a conversation with the parents and the principal of the school who can better explain a kinder way of handling those questions.

Would you be mad if your kid's teacher did this?


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