Can Christmas be Magical without Santa?

Why oh why did I go along with the Santa thing? I am now beginning to regret it. After all, what’s wrong with celebrating Christmas and Mummy buying the presents with her hard-earned money? I can hardly now be the one to tell my daughter he’s not real, can I? Don’t get me wrong, I love the magic of Christmas, but shouldn’t she show Mum she’s been a good girl, not a man in a white beard?!

My little one’s gifts were from me and some of my friends- is it not better if she realises this? Perhaps I should have said just one of the gifts was from Santa? The thing is, though, I was worried about the whole “you’ve been good” stuff. I thought she may not think she’d done really well all year if she didn’t get more than one gift. As a single Mum with no family nearby it is also a bit of a logistical nightmare trying to buy presents without my daughter knowing.

Santa here, Santa there, Santa everywhere!

Nevertheless, I tried really hard to make the whole Santa thing real, but things got a bit complicated. In the end Santa was “popping up” here there and everywhere and I don’t just mean seeing him when out and about. First of all there was the trip to ‘ADVENTureland’ to meet Santa. Then there was the visit to friends’ – she went to the next room, rang a bell and a gift appeared (I have to say she loved that!) Next, I bought a bike on ‘gumtree’ and explained it was her main gift,  that Father Christmas brought early.

Christmas Day itself we spent at a friend’s and Santa put some presents under the tree. Then on the way home we picked up a toy castle found on ‘market place’. My daughter asked why the man hadn’t got a beard(!) Finally, when we got home, there were some small gifts in a box under the tree, as I thought she may wonder why he’d not visited our flat.

Thank goodness for the tradition of taking down the tree and decorations, as she did start asking if more gifts were coming. It’s hardly surprising!

I’m glad it’s a long wait til next Christmas. Maybe she’ll even find out the truth by then ?


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5 replies
  1. Jennifer | Mrs G Living Simple
    Jennifer | Mrs G Living Simple says:

    It really is such a sticky subject. We do one gift she asked “Santa” for the rest is from us and family. We teach ours from a youngish ag e(Around 5-6 …Little Miss is a young 4) that Santa is the loving and giving spirit in each of us. So essentially we can all “be Santa”.

  2. Tracey Abrahams
    Tracey Abrahams says:

    When my boys were young we always had it that father christmas gave them yhe presents in their stockings and the rest of the presents came from everyone else. It seemed the best way to avoid confusion and also prevented the thing where some kids get huge expensive presents and some got much smaller less expensive ones and feel that Father Christmas doesnt lile them so much

  3. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    That sounds a good way to go. Not sure how to reverse what I started. Maybe next year I could explain that’s how it works now she’s a bit bigger…

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