By Chris Ingram
The Tampa Tribune
Published Saturday, December 25, 2012
The last few weeks, my oldest daughter Casey, who is 8, has been asking about the legitimacy of Santa Clause. She pleas for the truth, as my wife, Amy, and I look into her eyes muttering lame statements such as, “If you don’t believe, you won’t receive.”
The other night she told Amy, “Mom, I really need to know. I’m not a kid anymore; you can’t believe in fairy tales forever.” Last I checked, 8 years-old is still a kid. Besides, the magic of Santa and believing in something fun doesn’t have to have expiration date.
Of course believing in Santa is not the same as having religious faith. For Casey, she is a firm believer in Jesus. And she is quick to note she believes, even though she’s never seen Him at the mall.
Casey said she knows Santa isn’t real, “[Because] Dad keeps getting confused as to the presents you guys bought me and what presents Santa brought me.”
What can I say? I’ve got a bad memory.
Casey also boldly told us the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny aren’t for real. When we asked how she knew that, she said, “Mom, fairies don’t type notes to kids.”
As for the Easter bunny, she’s been paying attention, telling me, “Dad, we weirdly always take two cars to Easter service and then you always leave church 15 minutes early. You say you have to go get ice at Publix. But you go home and hide the eggs and wait for us at the cul-de-sac until we come home. Then you show up without ice and get us to notice all the eggs in the yard. And when I ask you, ‘Where is the ice?’ you always have an excuse about the store running out of ice. Dad, stores don’t run out of ice.”
Then there’s Eddie. We have this book called “The Elf on the Shelf” that came with a 12-inch elf that the girls named Eddie. He comes on Dec. 1 and makes his presence known in our house by parking himself on shelves, on the Christmas tree, hanging from the cord of a ceiling fan, and various other hiding places. He hides in a different place each night, and no one is allowed to touch him. The kids excitedly look for him every morning — at least our 6-year-old twins, Mia and Jordyn, do. Casey has decided Eddie isn’t real. “Mom,” she said,
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Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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