‘Tis the season to be jolly. And deceitful apparently. Some people get really worked up about this whole Santa lie thing. Which I honestly didn’t even know was a thing until this year. It’s not my thing but it gets quite a bit of airplay in the world that is parenting.
Personally, I don’t buy into all that crap. Sure, Santa is a lie but so what?
I can go on about what Santa represents and the magic of Christmas yada yada yada but plenty of people out there have done it better than I could so I’ll leave you to read their posts on that.
What I am interested in are these folks that get so uppity about the lie. That suggests to me that they never EVER lie to their kids about ANYTHING. EVER.
Do you think this is really true? REAAAAAAAALLY?
I’m afraid I’m not convinced. I’m pretty sure that barely a day goes by where I don’t tell some small lie or at least a convenient interpretation of the truth.
I’ve tried the full truth thing but my little smarty pants kid seems to understand the difference between things that are within mummy’s control and things she just can’t change. Like the weather for example. He gets I can’t change the weather. Strange, I know, but true.
Here’s some of my liar liar pants on fire favourites.
1. Monkey wants to go to the beach and we can’t because it’s sleep time/dinner time/lunchtime… When I tell him that he tanties it out thinking he can change my mind. I hate tanties so my mission in life is to avoid them. Now if he asks for the beach at the wrong time I go for: the beach is closed / it’s too cold / too windy. You get the picture. These work.
2. Same thing applies for the park.
3. And bike riding.
4. Then we have the request for naughty food. Maybe I’ve bought one treat while we are out and he will just keep going back to it over and over again saying MORE. More. More. More. Now I just tell him there is only one allocated for each little boy and girl and he has already had his. Again, it works.
5. The other day he whined and whined to go on the train after seeing one go past. I just said “Next time. We don’t have a tkt today and we need a tkt. We didn’t buy one in time.” Untrue but it worked. When is next time anyway?
So why am I so blasé about all this?
Children aren’t complete morons. As they get older and understand more of what is going on around them they will realise some of these mummy excuses just don’t fly and call you out on them. Just like they will with Santa Claus. And I’m OK with that. I’m not going to go to extreme lengths to keep the lies alive. Once I’m busted it will be done and we’ll move onto the next thing.
Besides you want to talk lies? My oh my that elf on the damn shelf is 25 straight days of it. SO not falling for that one (famous last words!).
Hey remember I promised you an Aussie Christmas treat? Here is the Aussie version of Jingle Bells. Hilaaaarious.
It’s a satire folks so don’t take it too seriously 😉
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! XO
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