I guess I’m ambivalent about the whole thing.
Which is probably why Siena doesnít really give a flip about Santa. Weíve never told her Santa is a figment of Hallmarkís imagination, and as far as I know, no other child has broken the bad news. But she does know enough to ask her Nana for that tricked out pink bicycle she wanted, rather than waiting to sit on Santaís lap.
Iíve never really encouraged the whole Santa Claus thing. Sheís in a Waldorf school, so we donít watch TV and get bombarded by the media with white puffball red hats and such. But weíve let the collective Santa fantasy ride.
So what would I do if she discovered the truth and wanted to tell all the other kindergarteners? Good question.
After all, Iím the founder of Owning Pink. Iím all about being ALL YOU, ALL THE TIME and speaking your truth. Iím a believer in being authentic and letting your freak flag fly. I discourage half truths and conformity and pretending to be something youíre not. So should I tell my daughter to lie for the sake schoolyard peace?
Itís not that Iíd ask her to get all excited and fake it. Itís not that Iíd want her to buy into the well-intended white lie if she didnít believe it to be true. But thereís a fine line between being authentically, truthfully YOU and risking someone elseís joy and well being.