Okay, a few weeks ago Darly announces at the dinner table that she doesn't think that there is really a Santa. Dh asks her "If there isn't a Santa, then who brings you all those gifts?" Darly says she thinks DH & I bring them.
Dh asks her why she thinks this...she replies that Santa's handwriting looks just like DH's and that no matter how late she stays up, she's never heard reindeer up on the roof and there are no footprints in the house.
So I ask DH if we should tell her or not. Dh doesn't care...personally I would like to not have to set the alarm clock for 5 am so I can get up and put out her presents (note the staying up so late bit above...she's been trying to catch Santa & the Easter bunny for the past few years!)
So the following day we have the talk. I tell her that she knows the story of St. Nicholas (they play it every year on the radio station that we listen to) and that part of the story is that St Nicholas passed away because he was just a normal person with a very big heart who did a lot of very good things. And I explained how the spirit of Santa lives in all of us...which is why we give gifts to the Angel Tree and Operation Christmas Child. I also tell her how she isn't allowed to tell her friends what she knows about Santa because it wouldn't be nice to spoil it for them. I also relate to her how when I was a kid and found out my mom told me that if I spilled the beans that I wouldn't get any gifts from Santa anymore.
Then I ask her if she still wants gifts from Santa and she says that she does.
Now she seems to flip-flop from still believing in Santa to not believing. We were at the library the other day and she saw a sign advertising that Santa was going to be at the library. (BTW: the Santa they have at our library is AWESOME! he's one of the librarians hubbies, he does a great story and has a stuffed rabbit who helps him keep track of all the kids' wishes named Allowishes.) Darly saw the sign and told me about it, I asked if she wanted to go see him. She says "Why? So I can tell him he's an imposter?" One of our friends has a child who says this about Santas because they don't "do Santa." I gave her the book (that I bought 2 years ago) "The Polar Express." She wasn't impressed with it and when the movie came on TV she didn't want to see it.
Poor kiddo... I'm thinking that perhaps she wasn't quite ready...but I sure was. Now I feel guilty about telling her. sigh!
So it looks as if I've still got to set my alarm clock for Christmas.