“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, ” Francis Pharcellus Church, (From the famous editorial “Is There a Santa Claus?” which appeared in The Sun, September 21, 1897)
My own reaction upon learning the reality of Santa Claus was not too emotionally-damaging. Hey, as long as the presents under the tree on Christmas Eve continued, I was a happy girl.
When our daughter Naomi was young, we did not overly emphasize Santa Claus. Our tradition was that we exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve and then Santa brought a few smaller items on Christmas morning which were literally stocking stuffers. Santa was a low-key operation in the Lohr household.
But there was one caveat to this: “Santa” always used different wrapping paper for the Christmas morning gifts … totally unlike what I had used for wrapping Christmas Eve gifts.
Well, at least that was the plan. But it was foiled when observant five year old daughter Naomi shyly asked me one Christmas morning, “Mom, are you and Santa Claus the same person?” Ah, the best laid plan had unraveled! I don’t think our daughter was profoundly damaged by this revelation. (Did I mention the Christmas Eve gift tradition continued?)
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