Saturday, December 06, 2008

Pictures with daddy santa

Eric played santa at my parent's work today and so the girls and I went to visit and get some pictures with santa daddy. Elsie was not so sure about the stranger (daddy) in the beard and hat. In fact, she didn't like it at all. She didn't cry but as you can tell from the pictures, she was pretty uneasy with this funny-looking-daddy-sounding-santa.


(Elsie is keeping as far away as possible in the picture below)


The event got Eric and I into an interesting discussion about how we are going to handle santa in our home. We haven't come to a conclusion yet but Jenna is asking a lot of questions so we need to figure it out quick! :) Anyone want to share ideas?

9 comments:

Alison said...

Eric is a way better Santa than the one that I saw at Walgreens today--he was super creepy.

As for the Santa thing...maybe I'll email you about it sometime...

Jenne said...

I have always appreciated Sue Overby's take on it. As they were raising their kids they loved to "pretend about Santa." She said that they wanted to only be a source of truth to their kids. So they never told their kids anything but the truth about the reality of Santa. BUT THEY HAD A BLAST PRETENDING *TOGETHER*. Fun, silly, imaginative, wonderful pretending.

We have tried our best to adopt this philosophy. Of course Davis does not believe us when we tell him the truth about Santa: "Yes there IS!!" He emphatically states, "And I know because ALEX told me." What better source of truth than the stinker eight-year-old kid across the street, huh?

Shellee said...

Very cute pics Megan! I love the one with you holding Elsie who's looking down like 'Jenna? Are you sure about this?' Too cute!

ps. it looks like Jenna's shoes on the wrong feet ;-)

Megan said...

I was wondering if anyone would notice. Yes, Jenna's shoes are definitely on the wrong feet. They are a little big so it doesn't bother her. And it is just nice that she puts her own shoes on!

Irene said...

So far I've taught Julia the story of St. Nicholas, that he was a nice man that gave toys to children and that some children believe that there is still a Santa Claus that that he brings gifts on Christmas eve, etc. It is at this point we start talking about what we celebrate at Christmas, Jesus' birthday...I try to talk about the story of Jesus' birth and what christmas is REALLY about as much as I can and tie spiritual meaning into everything we do this month.

That said, Eric is the least creepy santa I have ever seen and I think it is so fun that the girls got a picture with their "Santa Daddy!"

Anonymous said...

We have loved Noel Piper's book "Treasuring God in your Traditions;" she has a great take on this - similar to Jenne's comment above.
kirsten

Angie Seal said...

Megan,
These are such cute photo's your girls are darling.
As far as Santa goes. My sister has explained to my 5 year old nephew that some kids choose not to believe in Santa and some do. She said its sort of like how different people believe in different God's and that some people do not believe in God. (He comes home from kindergarten with a lot of questions). He still believe's in Santa. It's hard with young ones. But I think or at least hope he understands. Good Luck! Oh yeah and just today I went to yourssanta.com and mailed him a Santa Letter. So FUN!!!

Pate Family said...

We've gone with the pretend together thing also- the first time Ains asked if there really was a santa we told the truth, and then she has told Hudson. But we pretend about him. However, be warned if you do this they often feel the need to tell other kids the truth also. So if your going for most popular parent in the preschool class this approach is not the best. Personal experience here.

Brooky, London, and Mommy said...

that's hard to offer advice on. It has to depend on the kid. I would never burst a kids bubble. I strongly believed in Santa, I think it is such a personal choice and shouldn't matter if Christ is the emphasis.