Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa, But Not If You're a Teenager
Dear Mouthy Housewives,My 15-year-old daughter says she still believes in Santa Claus. I don't think she really does and feel that she only says this because she wants more presents. However, a (very) small part of me wonders if she really still believes. Should I tell her the truth? That Santa's not real?
Dear Santa Dream Crusher,
WHAT!?!?!? WHAT?!?!?!? SANTA ISN'T REAL!?!?!?? You don't know how badly I wish you'd told me this before I spent three hours sitting on that big man's lap at the mall. Now I wonder what he really meant when he said he was filling up his sack for me. OMG. I might need a doctor. Do HMOs cover velvet chafing? Beard bruises? Reindeer bites?
But as much as I'd like to worry about me and my problems, I guess we should talk about you and your problems. 'Tis the season of giving after all. Sigh.
Now, do I think your daughter is telling the truth about believing in Santa? Probably not. I think it's pretty hard to get to the age of 10 and not hear that Santa's a myth from other kids, much less make it to age 15 and not know. (Unless your daughter never leaves the house. Do you live in an underground bunker? If so, do you have room for someone who's currently in hiding from the mall Santa who might be looking in her windows right now?)
But if you want to keep up the ruse to "keep the magic alive in her life," go ahead. It'll be like you're both in on some weird secret that nobody wants to expose. Just have fun and don't mention that she believes in Santa in front of her boyfriends or college admissions officers.
However, if you think she's just doing this to be greedy, call her bluff and tell her something like, "Santa's had some personnel issues, so he's only giving kids Swiffer refills this year." Yep. Swiffer refills. The present of tears.
Good luck and happy holidays!