What Happens When Random Adults Tell Your Kid That Santa Isn’t Real

Don’t Tell Them I’m Not Real

I don’t know about you, but I think it is totally delightful that at the ripe old age of six, my daughter still believes in Santa Claus. We’ve somehow kept her totally hosed.

I am dreading the day when she realizes that Santa isn’t fact but fiction and a figment of our collective imaginations. I figure that the realization will probably just come organically. Like she might piece together that there is no way Santa could get past the cap on our chimney (especially since he is such a large man), that it’s physically impossible to visit every home with children in the whole world in one night, and that reindeer don’t really fly. I’d like her to come to the truth on her own;  I would be pretty pissed if someone, especially an authority figure or random drunken dude, informed my daughter that Santa isn’t real. This hasn’t happened to me yet, but it has to several families from Texas to Canada, and there were real life consequences (besides crying and disillusioned children that is).

In one case—in Austin, Texas— this went down:

“Daddy,” a little girl asked her dad when she got home from school, “Is Santa real?”

The Dad informed her that “yes,” Santa was real and asked her why she posed that curious question.

“Because Mrs. Fuller” —the girl’s afterschool teacher —”said he wasn’t real. She said ‘None of you believe in Santa do you?’ and said that you and mommy buy all our presents and put them under the tree. She said that you should tell us the truth.”

Damn, apparently Mrs. Fuller went there, a land where no kindergarten teachers dare to tread. The child’s mother was, obviously, quite upset, and said,”To break that harsh reality to them in such a brutal way is just wrong. Especially since these kids are five. She is just really getting into Santa.” The mother complained to the school principal who was reportedly “horrified,” and reprimanded the teacher in question.

The other tale is far more beer soaked, and a bit more expected. A 24-year-old man in Kingston, Canada, was reportedly very intoxicated and in the midst of the town’s annual Santa parade started to scream to the children in his vicinity that Santa wasn’t real.  “It was pretty despicable that someone, during this time of the year, would tell kids Santa isn’t real — which of course we would argue,” Kingston police, Const. Steve Koopman said. The man was arrested for “causing a disturbance by being drunk and breach of probation.”

Has anyone told your child that Santa wasn’t real before you were ready?

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