“Are elves real?”

SantaThe Four-Year-Old, from the backseat of the car: “Mommyo, are elves real?”

Mother, distracted by all the crazy drivers on the Thanksgiving weekend roads: “No.”

The Four-Year-Old: “But what about Santa’s elves?”

Mother, who somehow manages not to curse out loud: “That’s an excellent question, The Four-Year-Old. What do you think?”

The Four-Year-Old: “Well, Santa is real, so his elves must be too.”

Mother: “That’s excellent logic, dear.”

The Four-Year-Old: “What’s logic, Mommyo?”

Mother dives into long-winded explanation of logic to avoid thinking about the ethical lacuna allowing her child to believe in Santa Claus has created for a parent who tries very hard not to lie to said child.

Obnoxiously Swag makes a pretty good argument for never telling your child Santa is real in the first place. And in general, we try pretty hard to make the distinction between real and imaginary in the books she reads and TV shows she watches. And yet, there’s this Santa thing.

Our bread is pretty well baked in that The Four-Year-Old already believes Santa is real, and we’re going to allow her to revel in the magic of the Santa story for at least one more year. But I am dreading the fallout.

So, parents, how did you handle the whole Santa thing?

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Image Credit
Thanks to Bart Fields for the fantastic picture of the Santa float from the 2006 Nieman Marcus Christmas parade in Dallas, Texas.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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11 Responses to “Are elves real?”

  1. doodie says:

    Well, this goofy blond guy is definitely convinced they’re real. He even knows how feed elves and other wonderful nature spirits. What ever happened to critical thinking and reason?……out the effing window. http://doodiepants.com/2011/06/11/elves-faeries-gnomes-and-nature-spirits-are-real/

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