Stormie got in trouble with her Kindergarten teacher for telling other children there wasn't really a Santa Claus.
We're not those Christians that think "Santa" is just a mixed up way of saying "Satan." Au contraire. We just let Santa Claus be a part of the whole kit and caboodle of the celebrating, but his part was just a fun story for my kids, "'Twas the night before Christmas…". No way I was going to let some fat guy in a red suit get the credit for buying all those gifts. We figured we'd let them know right from the start and then there'd be no disappointment later or wondering what else we'd been dishonest about.
Rocky and Stormie went through a phase of thinking he was real on all their own. Their reasoning? "We saw him. He was walking down the mall." It lasted about 2 days.
But Stormie, against our counsel, I assure you, told other poor, unsuspecting children. And she got busted. She probably wishes she hadn't known the truth because to have that kind of knowledge – to be able to tell a secret so powerful it will destroy another child – that is heady power, my friends. Heady.
I'm already dreaming of Christmas…Jeanie
NOTE TO SELF: Better find out what all my kids are telling my grandkids before Stormie gets to them.