Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Earlier this year, Caroline's Grandma Libby spent some time writing out a wish-list to Santa on Caroline's behalf. Of course, Caroline did the dictation. Toward the end of the note, my daughter declared that "no one loves Santa", so the letter was signed off with "Goodbye, Caroline". OK.

Today, I determined why Caroline has held Santa at abeyance. She sees him as a simple delivery-boy. Earlier this week, when the urgency of Christmas became apparent, she demanded to know whether or not we had sent him gifts to bring her on Christmas because, "no one can bring EVERYONE presents, mom". (Like, duh. Scheduling, woman! Think about it.) She's gotten quite a few gifts in the mail that she knows are off-limits until Christmas - and she doesn't want someone else's stuff because, who wants to figure that mess out?

So Santa = holiday delivery elf. It's really supported by all of the age-appropriate literature on the subject. There's no indication that he's doing anything but making arbitrary lists of the good vs. the bad (and really...really? come on) and riding around to every house in the whole world delivering gifts. So if he's the Christmas UPS man... haven't most of the packages been marked? He's got to know what is supposed to go where.

I'm pretty proud of this turn of events. What a smart kid I have. Magic and logic intermingled.


Blogger Melissa said...

She's got a good point. But the elves do make the toys. It's more like Santa is the foreman of a toy factory who also does their high-publicity PR.

December 24, 2008 5:30 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

She doesn't buy into the elves thing. Not sure why. She thinks they are his delivery helpers. No joke.

I don't think we've focused much on the books that talk about the toy shop. Most of the Christmas books we read are about what a great guy Santa is or what he likes to do or what he brought to the main character. Interesting.

December 24, 2008 9:24 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

This also explains why she thinks it's crazy to go sit on Santa's lap ... when all he does, really, is take and deliver orders.

December 24, 2008 9:25 PM  

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