Not everyone does everything the same. More specifically, I am referring to how people do, or don’t, participate in the tradition of Santa.
Growing up, Santa always brought us many presents each. I honestly do not really remember my parents labeling any gifts from them during the time of us believing. I didn’t even consider then that other kid’s version of Santa may have done something different.
I have recently heard stories of how Santa was different for different people. Some people only got one present from Santa. Some people only got stockings filled from Santa. Some people, like me, got many presents from Santa. Some people didn’t have a Santa at all.
Before having kids, I went back and forth on whether or not we would introduce Santa. Eventually I came to the conclusion that I never regretted Santa. When you are little, it is the magic of Santa that sparks something inside of you that you can’t even explain. However, then there is the question; how do we explain Santa when the time comes?
Before I get to that….
Pickle is 5 and a half years old now. For the last couple of months he has randomly asked both my husband and I if Santa is real. I feel like he just started figuring out what the whole Santa coming means in the last year or 2. For him to already be questioning it sort of makes me sad. At the same time, I always want to be honest with him. Yet, when he has asked I redirect with asking him a question in hopes he would keep believing for at least a couple more years. I have been trying to find the way to explain to him when the time does come. Then, the other day on Facebook, a friend of mine shared this post.
I absolutely love this. It put into words what I had been trying to say. Though, I don’t think he is quite ready for it yet, I am keeping it in my back pocket for safe keeping.
Do you participate in the tradition of Santa? If you do, what is the tradition (many presents, one present, etc)? If you don’t, is there a reason you don’t? Let me know in the comments below!