Santa, Father Christmas, St. Nicholas is a magical character that lives in a dreamland with happy little helpers, whose sole purpose is to make children happy by delivering gifts to children of the world at Christmas time.
I’ve been thinking about the whole Santa thing and quite frankly, that guy pisses me off. I have become really intrigued as to how the whole thinking behind Christmas may have changed in modern times. I’ve asked around online as to how others explain Santa to their children and if they celebrate differently to the norm.
First, a few things I’ve thought about over the last, well actually I’ve thought about it for about an hour yesterday…
Basically, Santa is a stranger, an old man with a massive beard that’s nowhere to be seen all year and then turns up with a few presents and gets all the love and admiration. Father Christmas also contradicts several of the basics we’re trying to teach our children, yet the majority of us completely buy into the whole thing.
We talk to our children about strangers whilst explaining Santa basically breaks in to your home, whether that be down your chimney or with his ‘magic key’, but it’s OK because he’s leaving you lots of presents!
It’s funny isn’t it.
Another weird contradiction for parents mainly, is that it’s all about presence not presents. This old bearded bastard is nowhere to be seen all year, turns up with an XBOX and is loved and adored like no other! The best bit is, it’s us parents that reinforce this bollocks.
Hey listen, we celebrate Christmas the usual way, the boy writes his list and believes that it gets sent to Santa and he brings the goodies.
That’s another thing. Nothing in life is free, you have to work for things in life etc. However, at Christmas just write a list and he’ll fetch it for you. I know most people spend from November onwards using Santa as a weapon to discipline children, but it’s a bit of a shit tactic really isn’t it. Saying “behave or Santa won’t bring any presents’ is almost as useless as using ‘Look it’s dark outside, it’s bedtime’ when summer comes around. Add to the fact that Santa always comes through in the end despite how bad they’ve behaved.
By the way, if any of you reading this have ever let the kids wake up Christmas morning with NO PRESENTS, please get in touch I want to know how it all went down!
I just want to reiterate that I’m no scrooge, I’m all for the magic of Christmas and it only really lasts for a couple of years so why not go all in on making it fantastical. The kids haven’t got a clue until they’re probably 3 and then by 6/7 they’re starting to ask questions we struggle to answer. Yeah, we struggle because it’s all a massive lie!
We buy into it all as many of you will do, however Corben at only 6 right now is asking all the ‘right’ questions and quizzing us over our feeble attempts of lying through our teeth to him. We want it to be a happy magical time, but also want to scream I’VE WORKED HARD AF THIS YEAR TO SPEND ALL OUR MONEY ON THESE PRESENTS, IT WAS ME AND MUMMY THAT BOUGHT THEM, RESPECT US, APPRECIATE US AND LOVE US LIKE YOU DO THAT PORK PIE BELLIED WANKER! Please.
Below are a few responses I’ve had when opening this up for conversation online. I can see there’s a few parents yearning for some of the admiration and appreciation Santa gets, he’s definitely not getting it all his own way like years gone by…
See, I don’t think any of us want to lose the magic of Christmas but maybe alter the traditional story slightly to reflect a few modern changes to how we want to parent today.
I’ve poked fun at the big man in this post, but for the 3 to 4 years we get using him, his elves and all that is the magic of Christmas, does it really matter who gets the credit and how we explain the story of Christmas? As long as there are happy times and great memories you do whatever you want and have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
David and Donetta 🙂