|Picture with Santa 2009|
Our Beansprout has really been interested in the Santa aspect of Christmas this year. Since he was born, I've been wondering how we'll approach this topic with him. Luckily, I have the examples of others to take in as we continue to work out the what and why of who Santa is. My favorite post is actually a mom's letter to her little girl, who wants to know the truth about Santa; it's a real heartbreaker and definitely worth the read! I've also read some really great blog posts about how different people describe Santa, and I especially like this one and this one from Not Just Cute. At this point with Beansprout, I've sort of let the books we read do the explaining - it's easy now because he doesn't ask a lot of questions. I love hearing how he sorts it all out through his limited language and have to share our most recent conversation:
Beansprout: I go to North Pole.
Me: That's right, what that actually means is that you're going to have your picture taken with Santa. Do you want to sit on his lap?
Beansprout: I talk Santa.
Me: You can talk to Santa when you're on his lap. You know, you could tell him what you want for Christmas. *long pause* What might you tell Santa you want for Christmas, Beansprout?
Beansprout: Ba-bars. (snack bars)
We've been talking about Santa, but Beansprout has yet to sit on Santa's lap this year. I've been trying to prep him and show him pictures from previous years, because I really think this is the year he'll boycott Santa when it actually comes to getting the picture taken. I had made "Visit Santa" an activity in our Advent Calendar, but that's another story I will have to share soon.
Is anyone else astounded at the fact that Christmas is one week away?!? I would love to hear your stories about Santa! How did you find out the truth? What are your thoughts on Santa now that you're an adult?