She didn't get it. And she also thought I was totally nuts. How in the world can you celebrate Christmas without Santa? She said something alluding to the fact that it was cruel and unusual punishment for a kid to have Christmas without Santa.
I said: But kids just want the gifts, they don't care where they come from.
She's now looking at me like I have a third eye.
So, I try to explain: I just don't want my kids to miss the real point of Christmas and think it's all about Santa.
She then calls over her 5 year old daughter. "Bobby Sue (name changed), why do we celebrate Christmas?"
For Santa Claus!
I was embarrassed for the mom at this point.
"No, Bobby Sue, what's the real reason we celebrate Christmas? Who is it about?"
Bobby Sue looks really confused now and says:
I wanted to go hide in a hole for her now! But Bobby Sue certainly proved my point. Just because you read the story of Jesus' birth every year doesn't mean your kids are going to look past all the Santa and reindeer and see the true meaning of Christmas.
What do you think?
(Oh and just fyi, I don't think that Santa is the devil. That was hyperbole. You got that right?)