Until now, we've not really had to go down the whole discussion route on Santa Claus in our house. In fact, we're avoiding it for as long as we can. Unfortuantely, our oldest who's 4 arrived back from nursery yesterday with a mixed bag of fun things to tell us about Christmas.
It all started well when he said that he was going to be the inkeeper in the nursery nativity play. Then he started to sing 'Away in a manger', followed by 'Little Donkey'. Unfortuantely it was all downhill from there: he started belting out an unfamiliar tune which was accompanied by lyrics that included the words "santa", "chimney", "stuck", and "what bad luck!" Eh? He then informed us that he "hated santa" only 15 minuted later to say that he "loved him"and that he was coming at Christmas.
And so today I've decided to ask what your convictions are about santa? (Hence the poll to the right). I'd also value your thoughts on how you navigate your kids through Christmas, particularly in relation to what you tell them about santa and the practical outworkings of this when it comes to family and friends who 'do santa.' To get you thinking you can read Catriona's fab 2 part article on this from last year, here and here.