My daughter didn’t have any new questions about Santa this year (sniff! she’s growing up), so here’s a collection of your favorite holiday posts from years past. Thanks for reading Caterpickles.
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?”
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.
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.”…
Well, you’ve gone and done it — spent another year reading Caterpickles. We’re awfully glad you did, and to show our appreciation, The Seven-Year-Old wants to…
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?”
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.
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.
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?
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…