Guest blog submitted by LyricallyCharged
Let the Christmas shopping begin! Halloween hasn't even passed yet and Walmart has set up one of those music demo players that plays nothing but Christmas carols. They've also already lowered prices on toys, sending other stores like Target, to lower their prices, too. The journey for the best bargain has already begun.
And while store managers are getting ready for Black Friday, I wonder if the little kids are getting ready to send Santa their Christmas wish lists. When I was younger, I never wrote a Christmas wish list. I don't know how my folks always ended up buying me exactly what I wanted. But I remember there being kids who did make letters.
Did they really send that letter out? Could you imagine its address -- to Santa's Workshop in the North Pole, area code unknown. And what did the USPS do with those letters? Did they slap a big "return to sender" stamp on it?
It was such a let down knowing it was Mom eating those cookies I baked on Christmas Eve instead of the fat man himself. It hurt just as bad when I found out there really was no tooth fairy. Parents are full of lies. The Easter bunny? Barney? They're all lies!
I don't know if I would tell my children these lies... or false hopes, whatever you want to call them. My mom told me that I went to some kids birthday party and they had "Barney" come in. The guy in the costume hadn't tucked his hair in all the way so it was hanging out of his giant purple foam head. She said I cried the whole party because Barney was a fraud. (Hey, Barney was my life!)
Why let your kids think one way and then have them feel so let down when they find out the truth? That sucks. I guess it's teaching the facts of life at an early age.
Would you go out of your way to tell your children about things like Santa and the tooth fairy?