Dec 8, 2009

Santa Really Screwed Up.

Today's post is simple.

I'm going to ask a question and you are going to give me the answer I want to hear. Any questions?

Okay, okay, fine. I will ask a question and you give me your answer, whether I want to hear it or not, which I probably won't because I feel like I know ahead of time what you all will say and it is probably the same thing the Attorney General is saying and whenever he says something and then I say something different and then other people agree with him, well, I get really mad and go to my room and shut the door and then eat cheese toast.

See? Now you got me rambling.

So here goes...

To all of you "Santa's" out there:

Let's say, hypothetically, you have a three year old. And let's say, hypothetically, your three year old is somewhat precocious and attentive and well, quite the busybody. And lets say that your merry little elves made your three year old a Radio Flyer Scooter which she has been wanting for a while.

Now, let's say your elves brought it to town early to put in Meridith's garage - but before your elf could drop it off that precocious little three year old we were talking about spotted it. In the backseat. In the box. And that smart as a whip three year old has now said, not once - but twice, "I got a scooter. Momma, you got me a scooter. I have been being good and I am getting a scooter."

Does that mean that the three year old will see the scooter on Christmas morning, put two and two together and realize that 1.) there is no Santa and 2.) If there is he is driving mommy and daddy's car?

The AG and I are "in one" over this: I say we set the scooter out on Christmas morning and she never remembers she saw it in the backseat out of pure adrenaline and excitement.
He says, "are you a freakin' loon?"

Who's right?

Will a three year old really be able to put all of that together? Or must I do the unthinkable; return the scooter and buy her something bigger, better and something she can't see in the back of the car?

I'm gonna need some personal Santa help on this one. You've all been Santa's before, what do you suggest?

17 comments:

missy said...

my son was two...saw his santa gifts briefly...has never believed in santa. i cried. and i don't really even care about santa that much. i'm not saying it has to be that way. that's just how it went down for us. can you give her the scooter from you guys as a gift(it makes me too sad to think of her not getting it at all just because she is observant) and get some other things from "the big guy"?

June Freaking Cleaver said...

Don't return the scooter.

You tell the 3 year old that Santa's elves brought the scooter early because it's not going to fit in Santa's sleigh.

Mommy and Daddy will keep it safe and put it under the tree Christmas Eve, before Santa comes.

It's a lucky girl who gets to see one of Santa's gifts come early!

Anonymous said...

Tell her you bought the scooter for a child that doesn't have a lot of family that spoils her like Remi does. Tell her that if she continues to do her best and be as good as she can be that maybe just maybe Santa will bring her one. This will happen every year so start making a list of explainations!
XOXO Randi

Sissy said...

She will find out the truth about Santa at some point and I bet it's better that she figures it out herself than have some mean kid at school tell her. Plus, the more you weave the story, the more upset she will be when she eventually figures it out. Is it so important to you that she believe in Santa? I guess that's what you have to figure out.

Katherine said...

I'm with Randi on this one!

Oldwomaninashoe said...

I'm with Randi too on this. My kids stop believing by the time they're in school. Which makes me the least popular parent this time of year. Especially when my rotten 5 year old announces to the class that the Santa they're getting their pictures taken with at WalMart is his Uncle Gerald, his Mom's brother.

MBush said...

We don't do the best gift from Santa. He's a fat old guy that fills stockings and maybe leaves a small gift under the tree. The cool stuff comes from Momma and Daddy cuz, well....we're cool. Just sayin'.

Jan said...

Just tell him that Santa delivered that one early because he wanted to be sure it got there on time. Or maybe because he was EXTRA special good. And find a good hiding place for next year.

Stephanie said...

That happened to me last year with my 3 year old daughter, Emilee, ironically it was a Barbie scooter. When she saw it, I told her that a friend at work had bought it for her neice and I was going to deliver it for her. (That was the best I could come up with that fast). The next time she got in the van she made sure to look in the back and the present was gone. She did ask if I gave it to the little girl and I told her that I did and the little girl loved it!! On Christmas morning when Emilee got her scooter she was very excited and said that Santa knew she would like one too.

Kaye said...

I know my three year old (who is 4 now) was smart enough that he would have immediately known. That is a tough one. I'm not big on doing the whole "Santa" thing personally, but if you are going to go that route, there are definitely a lot of good suggestions above on how to handle it! Best of luck!

Lisa said...

I agree with Randy and Stephanie. I think you do whatever you can.. Ben once found one of his "santa" presents in my closet and I told him that Santa had left it with me because he wanted to see if Ben would go looking for it or if he really believed that Santa would bring it to him. He didn't snoop the next year and he still believes in Santa. The rule at our house is when you stop believing in Santa, he stops bringing you gifts. Plain and simple.

natalie said...

I agree with a few of the others...I would tell her you got it for someone else. A little girl who was also being really good. She'll be excited when she gets one too ;)

neeki said...

First of all, I'm shocked that you of all people really thought that your own daughter wouldn't spot the scooter. I mean come on! In the box?? In plain sight?? My kids are 14 and 10, and when dad and I went "Santa" shopping, they knew exactly what we were doing. But did I leave the goods for all to see??? NO!

No more easy, breezy Christmases for you! You gotta get your game on! Sneaky is the name of the game from here on!

Having now chastened you, I would suggest what June suggested. Say you met Santa's elves while she wasn't looking, that Santa thought he might not fit the scooter in the sleigh, etc, etc, but that if you catch her snooping, it'll be Return to Sender to the North Pole ASAP!!

Kat said...

This one's a toughie... My initial thought is to give it to her from you and other gifts from Santa. This way, the scooter surprise is spoiled, but in the end she still believes in Santa. Also, then you don't have to weave a bunch of other "lies"...

Marcie- your answer about him being a fat old guy cracked me up!

ugagirl30 said...

We never distinguish between Santa gifts or parent gifts. We just put them all out under the tree Christmas Eve while they are asleep, and no one bothers to ask which ones are from Santa. They know that Mama goes Christmas shopping, and even see some presents, but they never question where it came from. Give her the scooter. Just don't say it is from Santa. That's the moral of my story.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Why not just tell her it's from Mommy and Daddy - Santa brought the other stuff. I agree with the previous post - if you don't say anything she won't ask but if she does, some things are from parents and some from Santa. blessings, marlene

Ashley said...

You tell her... what Randi said!