Thursday, December 31, 2009

I love/hate Santa

Today's flavor: Fruitcake. It's pretty, often nutty and seems like a good idea...but can anyone really swallow this stuff?

I confess. I hate Santa Claus. At 10, 7 and 4, my kids still believe, and I'm sick of it. It is now a few days after Christmas, and I'm still bitter. I shopped until my credit cards bled, wore out my Uggs, fought crowds and browsed online until I was seeing double. I wrapped 109 presents; sent out 223 cards; went to the post office 17 times; doled out 14 cash "bonuses" to various service providers; Lord save me, I even baked! And I saw nary a single partridge in a pear tree. I was stressed out, worn out and buried under a to do list that couldn't be accomplished by an army of elves. And who gets all the credit, gratitude and adoration for everything I did to make the season brighter? You guessed it. Old fatty himself - Santa. The worst thing is that I've told my kids approximately 257 lies to keep the "magic" alive.
So was it worth it? There must be something I'm enjoying about perpetuating this somewhat disturbing idea of an old fat guy that stalks us (you know, he sees you when you're sleeping, etc.) decides who's deserving of goodies, and then mysteriously gets into our homes late at night demanding snacks. I don't know, but aside from the fact that I don't want to incur the wrath of the uber-moms, I just can't help enjoying that twinkling in the eyes when the little ones talk about Santa. Maybe it's because there are so few things that make my evil little monsters act like angels, and maybe it's because I like to dangle the threat of narcing them out to Santa when they misbehave. It could be that it's nice to have someone to blame when they don't get all 422 items on their list. And it could be the very thought of the end of believing signaling the end of childhood. But, when the mood is just right, and I'm sitting by the fire in a rum-laced-egg-nog induced haze, I just love Santa.


  1. i have similar feelings towards the jolly fat man...

  2. Thank you for reminding me why Santa only brings goodies for the stockings, and the good stuff comes from mom and dad at our house! ;) LOVE your blog!

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  4. I've got five kids of my own, so I know how you feel about Santa. Sometimes you can't help but feel some jealousy, and at other times, you just gotta love him (for excuse purposes) ;-)

  5. I feel the same way. As soon as my kids figure it all out I'm going to make sure they know it was all me making all the magic. But I'm sure they'll blame me for lying to them. You just can't win.

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  8. Honestly, we have pretty much decided that Santa Claus doesn't stop at our house. All of the stuff associated with him are things that we simply don't want to promote at home - sitting on a stranger's lap and whispering secrets, all those lies you told to "keep the magic alive", the shopping and explosion of gifts all on one day, the bribery to keep children behaving, the idea that this fat old guy is going to sneak into our home.

    Not that I have a problem with anyone who does choose to do it. :) Their time, their money, their children. But the Easter Bunny passed by our house this year, and Santa Claus will probably pass by in December.

    (I know, this was an old post I'm commenting on! I hope you don't mind.)

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