Hey…I’ve got a secret to tell you.
You can’t tell ANYONE. It might literally DESTROY anyone you tell it to.
In fact…it might destroy YOU.
But I’ll tell you anyway.
Okay, here goes: SANTA CLAUS DOES NOT EXIST.
Broaching the topic of Santa’s existence, especially with kids, can be tricky. Kagura and Tomo find this out when they wonder if Chiyo (who has skipped several grades and is younger than her classmates) knows the truth. Tomo, as per usual, asks without proper discretion.
And in true Azumanga Daioh style, the jokes roll on from there, as Chiyo explains who Santa really is, Kagura and Tomo try to figure out how Santa can do what he does, and Sakaki daydreams about Chiyo Father, who she imagines is a yellow catlike creature (my favorite part of the series by the way).
But back to the declaration at hand—I was reminded of when I found out “the truth” about Santa. My 4th grade teacher read us Superfudge—one of my favorite books—and in it, there’s a chapter dedicated to the subject, which treats Santa completely as a fairy tale. I went home immediately and asked my mom about it, and she confirmed that Santa was indeed make believe. I was crushed and wouldn’t believe her, but I later confirmed the harsh reality when I found my stash of presents before the big day (I still feel guilty about that) and discovered that everything addressed from Santa was bought purchased by my mom and dad.
It was a weird Christmas, as I pretended to be surprised by all the gifts I knew were coming.
Having had this crushing experience, I wanted to be careful with my own kids. I wanted to break it to them easily, not by them finding their gifts early or hearing it from a book. Of course, I never told this plan to my wife, who one day just decided to tell them.
They were fine with it. No tears or crushed dreams for them. “It didn’t really make sense anyway, Dad.”
When did you all find out that Santa doesn’t exist? Was it tough for you to hear the truth, or did you adjust fine, like my kids did?
Day 6: Episode six for day six, as we jump into Wotakoi tomorrow!