Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Santa Question

As soon as kids fully grasp Santa, they start questioning. Scott and I are in sync and prepared for the usual suspects.

Q: How can Santa be at every mall?
A: He has helpers.

Q: How does he get around the world in one night?
A: He makes use of the 24 time zones, plus the 10 hours of night. That is plenty of time.

Q: How does he know who's good or bad?
A: He usual special Santa magic and he just knows.

Q: If Santa just knows who is good and who is bad, then why doesn't he know what each kid wants? Why do I have to tell him the toys I want?
A: Good Question, we will have to get back to you.

That last one left Scott stumped last Sunday after a visit with Santa at the library. I wasn't with them, but it left me stumped too. If Santa can visit every house in one night on a flying sleigh, and if Santa can know every kid is good or bad, then why the heck can't he know what gifts they want. I have no idea. My best guesses. The malls like kids to visit Santa so we come in and spend more money. And, parents like kids to visit Santa so they can get their Christmas card pictures.

Scott reason to Sarah was much less cynical (and a good answer for quick on his feet). He told Sarah that kids have to tell Santa in person and/or by letter so that he can double check his gift list. He doesn't want to make a mistake. She accepted that answer, but she balked at Santa using magic to know who is good or bad. "I don't believe in magic," were her exact words.

Oh my we are in trouble.

That is life in the stroller lane. Lots of love.

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