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I feel so horrible, yesterday Dave and I ripped a part of David childhood from him
On Saturday we were walking through the mall and happen to stop at Santa. That is when David asked the dreaded question, "Is Santa real Mommy?" I guess the kids at school have been telling him that Santa is not real etc. So I just asked him what he believed and he said he still thought he was real.
On Sunday I mentioned this to my sister who is a 4th grade teacher (david is 4th grade as well) she said that since he is already having troubles fitting in at school that we should really consider telling him the truth so that he is not teased by his classmates. We also didn't want him questioning it in front of his 6 year old sister.
So last night after Meghan went to bed we talked to him. We explained how Santa started out as St Nicholas and has slowly become a tradition in many families etc etc. He just sat there in silence and then all the sudden just brokedown. He was balling and it killed me.
I just feel so horrible for taking the magic away from him but I know it would have been worse at school had we not said anything.
We did make it very clear that this is not something you discuss with ANYONE.
I wonder how long it will take til it all clicks and he realizes the truth to the tooth fairy and easter bunny.
OH NO! The Santa talk.....................How is he today? I don't remember how I took it when they told me but I'm going to guess that my sister (which is older) was the one that ruin the fun for me. It seems like you did the right thing. Him being teased at school might make things worse, I know how mean kids can be these days. Maybe give him something special this Christmas
Maybe it would be easier if he got to help play Santa for his sister? Santa is really the embodiment of the spirit of giving, so maybe if he gets to help it'll make him feel special to *be* Santa. I'm sorry he took it so hard! GL!
Aww that really sucks. I got teary eyed just reading that. I think you did the right thing, it's no fun being teased at school and better for him to break down with you then at school but it still must really, really hurt. Im sorry