My ambivalent relationship with Santa continues.
BB loves the guy.
I remember my disappointment when I found out the Tooth Fairy wasn’t real and that was only a couple bucks here or there. I don’t wish I’d never believed, but the transition to not believing was a downer.
How crushed will BB be?
I keep asking other people how they felt when they learned the truth and in return everyone asks if BB is starting to have doubts.
Zero. Zero doubts. If anything, she’s doubling down on believing.
We’re headed to Disney in two weeks and BB has been studying her guidebook as if there’s a midterm coming up.
She points to Mickey and Minnie on the cover, who are looking fabulous in their 50th anniversary gear by the way, and asks,
“Are they real or people in costume?”
“What do you think?
“Well considering they can walk, and with smiles like those… They’re definitely real.”
So that’s where we’re at.
Santa on the bubble barge came to our neighborhood last week.
BB tells me,
“It was the real Santa.”
“How do you know?”
“I looked at his beard. How could he be fake with a beard like that?”
How could he?
And I don’t subscribe to this naughty list. It causes BB anxiety.
Over and over I remind her that she’s getting Christmas presents whether or not she’s nice to her sister. Even if it would be really nice if she were nice to her sister or at least maintain the status quo.
BB tells me,
“I told my friends that you said there’s no naughty list for me and they said you’re wrong. There is a naughty list.”
There’s nothing I can say to prove I know more than a 5-year-old.
I’ve been playing along for a few weeks now, but reached a breaking point.
A few days ago BB came home and asked our elf-on-the-shelf Tutu to please bring her a candy cane. I meant to put out a couple candy canes, but I forgot. Tutu moved. A miracle in itself.
The next morning BB was tearing the house apart in a fit,
“There are no candy canes! I asked Tutu for candy canes. So-and-so’s elf gave them a this and So-and-so’s elf gave them a that and Tutu hasn’t given me anything.”
When did the elves start bringing presents?! Santa help me.
Maybe because it was the first conversation of my day or maybe because it was Dec 18th, but something snapped. I wanted to throw the “magic” out the window. I tell BB,
“I grew up with no elf and I didn’t believe in Santa. Many people in this world do not have an elf or Santa. And maybe your elf knows that you had 8 nights of Hanukkah and now you’re going to have Christmas.”
Unswayed, BB tells me,
“I know, but I believe in Santa.”
I know. And believe it or not, Tutu brought candy canes the next night. RB gobbled hers up before it was out of the wrapper and BB’s is still untouched on the counter.
Who knows what RB makes of all this. Her priority is candy. She’s still walking around asking,
“More Happy Halloween?”
Don’t worry Goofy, we’ll be reunited soon!