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Classic Caterpickles: “Why doesn’t Santa have heart disease?”

After reading The Night Before Christmas, The (then) Five-Year-Old and I had a conversation about the perils of smoking, and whether Santa smoked. The (then) Five-Year-Old has obviously been busy processing this information because a few days later she asked me, “Why doesn’t Santa have heart disease?”

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Classic Caterpickles: “How old is Santa?”

Determining how old Santa is depends on who you think Santa is. In this post, we provide the ages of the top 6 Santa contenders: Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Albert Einstein, the Norse god Odin, and of course, Kris Kringle.

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The Seven-Year-Old’s on to you, Santa

The Seven-Year-Old, scrambling over a snow bank on a recent walk into school: “I think Santa puts some sort of trance on kids before he comes.” Mommyo: “You think so?” The Seven-Year-Old: “Yeah, so no one sees the flying reindeer and gets freaked out.” Related Links: “Mommyo, why does Santa…

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“Why do some people call Santa Kris Kringle?”

While we were driving through Orland Park a few weeks ago, we passed the Kris Kringle Haus, a holiday pop-up store specializing in European and American-made Christmas goods. It was obvious to The Seven-Year-Old that this merry little store was just the place to do a bit of Christmas shopping, but one thing was a little confusing.
The Seven-Year-Old, curiously: “Who’s Kris Kringle?”

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Classic Caterpickles: “Why does Santa miss some kids?”

While I enjoy all the rituals around Santa and the Easter Bunny, it is undoubtedly harder to teach your child that it’s important to care for others when your child’s world is populated by magical beings who are perfectly capable of doing all that work on their own. Here’s how I explained to my five-year-old why we can’t just sit back and expect someone else to do all the work of caring for others.

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“Mommyo, why does Santa have the same wrapping paper as us?”

Remember when The Six-Year-Old used to be so excited about what was in those presents under the tree that she tore into them without paying any attention at all to the paper they were wrapped in? Yeah. Those days were pretty great. Thanks for sticking with us all these years.…

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Classic Caterpickles: “Does Santa smoke?” Or how to use Santa to talk to your kids about smoking

This year, Patricia McColl self-published a version of Clement Moore’s classic poem, Twas the Night before Christmas, which edited out all mention of Santa smoking his pipe. And that’s a shame, because censoring objectionable things in old books robs parents of a chance to talk to their kids about why opinions on those things have changed.

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Classic Caterpickles: “How does Santa fly?”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been fielding a lot of Santa questions lately. This one’s been coming up a lot. How does Santa fly?

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“Why doesn’t Santa have heart disease?”

As you know, earlier this week after reading The Night Before Christmas, The Five-Year-Old and I had a conversation about the perils of smoking, and whether Santa smoked. The Five-Year-Old has obviously been busy processing this information because today she asked me, “Why doesn’t Santa have heart disease?” Mommyo: “It’s…

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“Does Santa spend the rest of the year sleeping?”

It’s the day after Christmas, and like Santa, I’m taking the day off to spend with my family. Which makes it a perfect time to run a Classic Caterpickle… Mommyo, admiring her daughter’s new pink and brown Dawson Crocs: “Boy, The Four-Year-Old, Santa did a great job with those shoes.…

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