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The Magical World of Believing in Santa

By Yvette Vignando - 19th December 2011

I have just come off a phone call with a close friend who I have known since primary school – after all these years, she revealed to me today that she has a direct line to Santa. Well, her ten year old girl has apparently confirmed this, having noticed that Father Christmas never leaves her any presents under the tree that her parents don’t want her to have.

And although our ten year old son has also decided that Santa is very unlikely to bring him a toy AK-47 gun, he thinks our Christmas influence is minimal. Instead our Mr 10 imagines some kind of Christmasy omnipresence that allows Father Christmas to regularly access the many redrafts of his Santa letter left on his desk and under the tree on Christmas Eve and ensures that Santa is ready to fulfil his every wish, no matter how last minute. This omnipresence luckily also allows Santa to intuit what Mr 10 wanted for Christmas even when it was not on a list – and often the unexpected presents turn out to be far better than the wished for but banned weaponry; all of this further confirms the incredible and magical powers of Father Christmas.

Our Mr 10 has also said variously that we “could never do what Father Christmas does” and that we “would never be able to get all those presents under the tree” in one night and we would “never be rich enough to get all those presents” for our three children. Any kids at school that express doubt about the Santa phenomenon are considered to be deluded souls that have no understanding about the universe in general. On the other hand, Mr 10 expresses no doubt about how Santa could possibly deliver presents to the billions of children around the world on one night, keep his reindeer from defecating all over the lawns or commit multiple break and enters without leaving a trace.

But that's what is so great about magical thinking and I know I will grieve slightly when it’s all over. Mr 10 is our youngest so it will be the end of an era in our family when the tooth fairy becomes Dad tripping over Lego pieces in the dark, when the Easter Bunny turns out to have been Mum who ate all the chocolate so had to rush out at the last minute for replacements … and when Santa is actually two exhausted parents at midnight impossibly trying to wrap presents on Christmas Eve with the crackliest paper ever produced.

What does your child believe? I would love to hear some funny anecdotes about the wonderful world of magical thinking.

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