The Elf is out, the Amazon cart is full, my stress level is through the roof, and my house smells like Christmas cheer (just kidding, it smells like feet cuz I have three boys) – the holiday season, ya’ll. I love it and I hate it at the same time.
For the fifth year in a row, my husband and I are playing Santa. My kids are still young enough to believe, so I won’t be taking them to any coffee shops and coming clean about Santa any time soon. We don’t do Christmas BIG and we like to give gifts (as well as experiences!). But in our house Santa doesn’t give the best gift. *insert shocked face here*
Yep, you read that right. In our house, THE PARENTS give the “big gift”. The kids get their NUMBER ONE thing on their Christmas list from Mom and Dad and whatever was number three, four, or five on their list is from Santa.
Our oldest LOVES Santa and thinks he is the coolest, I mean but what kid doesn’t!? In years past I’ve said, “Sorry son, but no, you can’t live with Santa” and “Santa doesn’t pay the electric bill, dude”. He’s said “I love you” to a big and intimidating biker with a long white beard at the check out line.
Using Santa to promote good behavior and to threaten – “Okay… If you can’t do this… Santa is going to give you a lump of coal for Christmas….” - is exhausting. Don’t even get me started on Elf on the Shelf.
At the end of the day, my husband and I are petty and greedy parents. We love being loved by our kids. We LOVE knowing that our kids think we’re cool. I, personally, need credit where credit is due:
Kid: “Dude! that’s SUCH a cool toy!”
My kid: “Thanks! Santa got it for me! It’s my favorite!”
Me: *uh no, your PARENTS got it for you but okay…..*
Now that he’s a little older, my kid still thinks the world of Santa but not as much as he did before. He’s excited for Santa’s gift but not as much as opening his present from Mom and Dad. I’m waiting for the day my kids say “Santa is cool and all but my parents are the best”. That’s probably not going to happen so I won’t hold my breath.
Santa doesn’t last forever.
Your kids thinking that you’re cool doesn’t last for ever either.
Your kids loving you will last forever, though, I’m pretty sure it’ll get a little foggy in the preteen years (heaven help me.)
So it’s totally fine that Santa gives your kid the subpar gift while you get the limelight for giving the best one. Merry Christmas!
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