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“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 then there’s Santa.

Our bread is pretty well baked in that The Four-Year-Old already believes Santa is real, and as a family, the rituals and traditions associated with Santa are part of the fun of the holiday for us. But I’d love to hear how others handle this issue.

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.

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