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It's not so hard to think of other children this Christmas [Dec. 1st, 2010|11:09 am]
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Most of you know I'm a working Santa. It's a job I love. People seem to expect the kids to be horrors, but in fact they're mostly pretty great. But the problem is the inequality.

Every year I'll get children through who want a single item for Christmas - a doll, or a game, or a truck - and I'll get the ones with lists that would challenge the carrying capacity of a Mack truck. The thing is, this often reflects their expectations of what they'll get for Christmas.

And of course, the kids are told that Father Christmas has brought most of their presents.

So after Christmas, when the kids are talking about what they got, you end up with one child who got a single small gift from St. Nick, while another talks about their new trampoline, gaming system, bike, remote controlled toy... all of which are also presents from Santa.

While that's lovely for those that get lots, it leaves any number of other children regarding their one or two gifts, and wondering why Santa doesn't like them as much. And that's without taking into account the children who won't get any presents at Christmas.

I'm not saying that if you can afford to buy your child lots of presents, and you want to, that you shouldn't. And I'm not asking everyone to go out and buy a raft-load of toys for the various charities that pass them on to the people who can't afford to buy things for their children, though that'd be nice.

All I'm asking people to do is to just pick one, not the biggest, or most expensive, and say that's the special gift that Santa has brought for them. If you want, tell them that you bought the other presents, and asked Father Christmas to deliver them especially, but please, don't let them think that every parcel is a personal gift to them from St. Nick.

Chances are it won't make that much difference to your child, but after Christmas it will hopefully help any number of other kids feel like Santa isn't playing favourites, or wondering why he doesn't like them.

[User Picture]From: murasaki_1966
2010-12-01 02:22 am (UTC)
I believed in Santa until my eighth Christmas, when it occured to me taht Santa and Mum had the same handwriting....
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From: fe2h2o
2010-12-01 03:34 am (UTC)
_That's_ something I'm careful about:-)

But I suspect Puggle is going to read something over my shoulder really soon now, and the gig will be up for him:-)
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[User Picture]From: kaths
2010-12-01 10:33 am (UTC)
I can't actually remember specifically believing in Santa, Easter Bunny etc and then finding out the truth. Not sure whether I worked it out really early, or I've suppressed the memory :)
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[User Picture]From: drew_bowie
2010-12-01 10:41 pm (UTC)
In much the same way that it occurred to me as a child, that if the cat was able to write me a birthday card, surely I would find other notes around the house like "Turn the heater on!", or "Stop buying dry biscuits." Perhaps even a "And by the way, where are my testicles?"
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