My little one is three now. So the hubby and I decided it’s time to introduce him to Christmas, and therefore, to Santa.
So we told him about baby Jesus, which he wasn’t interested in. He doesn’t like babies because his mother holds them and coos to them. Which is his sole right, never to be shared. So that’s that about baby Jesus.
Then we introduced him to the Christmas carols. He liked ‘Jingle bells’ and made an attempt to sing along. I think they must have taught him this one at school too.
The last weekend we were at the mall and we showed him Christmas trees complete with ornaments and all. We told him all about the stockings and gifts.
And then we saw this guy dressed as Santa at one end of the mall. The father and I held his hands and made a dash. Both of were so excited and, with twinkling eyes, we said, “Look, this is Santa!”
Completely exuberant, we looked at the li’l one for a reaction. And what do we see? He’s horrified. He shrieks at this hideous creature in red with a long white beard and a mask on his face.
Slowly, we explain him that this is the guy who brings gifts to children. And that he’s quite harmless. We shook hands with Santa to prove it but that didn’t pacify the kid.
Only when Santa fished out a candy did the kid somewhat warm up to him.
More candies followed and he shook hands with Santa.
“Nice Santa?” I ask, eager for approval.
He looks nonchalantly. “Okay.”
“Can he come home to give you a Christmas gift?”
Pat comes the reply, ‘Only if he promises not to come inside.’
“But he has to put it in the stocking, sweetie.”
“Hang the stocking outside the window.”