It finally happened and now all my kids know.....
And the tooth fairy. And the Easter bunny. Mostly they came to the conclusions on their own, but I suppose it didn't help that I was caught one night, tooth-in-hand. It wasn't long afterward that everything unraveled.
Oddly enough, if it were only up to me, I wouldn't have played and pretended with any of the three kids about Santa, etc, but since I'm not the only adult in their lives all the holiday entities were presented from the time they were tots. Other parents I know have never fostered the belief with their children and see it in the same light as lying. I have mixed feelings.
I suppose it was fun while it lasted, and it was even more fun when they discovered the truth and started chattering about the different clues over the years that should have tipped them off. My 7 year old, shaking her head, said of her 20 year old sister, "I'll bet she already knows about Santa." With a straight face I said, "You know, I believe she does."
But for all the "fun" Santa adds to Christmas, have you noticed how many kids try to keep their distance? He is quite scary, after all! What I don't like is all the extra "stuff" to overshadow the Truth during the season.
What about your family? Santa--yay or nay?