Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

From Monday Mom – Neetika:
We celebrate Christmas in our family, and I was looking forward to Haley understanding the holiday rituals better this year. I explained the usual stuff—you have to be good, we make cookies for Santa, he comes down the chimney and leaves presents, etc. Unfortunately, you can’t predict the reaction of a three year old. I thought she’d buy into it big time. Well, it turns out that this mythology has brought out a different reaction—earnest concerns about home security. Haley does not like the idea of a non-family member coming down our chimney.

As a result, Haley came up with a different plan. Here’s how it’s going to work: Haley’s father is going to meet Santa Claus on Christmas night at the end of the driveway at my parents’ home, where we are spending Christmas. Santa is going to hand him the sack of presents. Then Haley’s dad is instructed to say: “Now you get out of here or there’s going to be trouble!” Haley also mentioned that her dad should use ninja moves if necessary.

I’m not sure if Haley’s declaration will get her placed on the Naughty List. Hopefully Santa appreciates her precocious, protective spirit. Three-year-olds change their minds quickly, so perhaps by the time Christmas comes around, Haley will warm up to the chimney idea. If not, that’s fine too. We’ll pack the cookies and milk (and of course, carrots for the reindeer) to go!

Enjoy the holiday season!

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