The True Spirit of Santa Claus

Fourth grade is a crucial year. I would know because I taught it for 6 years. Every year in December I would create a math test to assess their knowledge of the concept we had just spent weeks learning. However, there was always one question, the last one, that I was most curious about on this December math test.

20) Is Santa Claus real?
O Yes
O No

The ones who answered “Yes” simply thought it was a gimmie. An easy question because it was Christmas time. They thought it was as question I put on there so I would have an even 20 questions instead of 19.

The ones who answered “No”, I knew it was time for a chat. So at lunch time, I would line up the students who answered “Yes” without them knowing why I lined them up specifically. I would send them off and I would talk to the rest. It would go something like this…

Raise your hand if you’re not sure if Santa is real or not. Hands around the room would go up and furtive looks would be passed to one another. Do you know I think Santa is real? In fact, I know he is. Think about what Santa does. He delivers presents to people around the world. How do those people feel waking up to gifts under their tree? Pretty amazing, right? Santa spreads joy and happiness. That right there is what the whole Christmas season is about, bringing joy to others. This is a time of year for family, friends, fun, and feeling festive. So really Santa is a person who represents all that. Kind of like the flag represents our country or a cross represents Christianity, Santa represents Christmas spirit. As long as you, as long as others continue to spread joy and happiness, Santa is very real. 

But let’s not forget the true meaning of Christmas. This is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Heads would nod, faces would smile, and each of them understood what I meant. Then they’d go on their merry way to lunch and the subject would never be mentioned again.

I bring this up because just yesterday, Crash (who is in 4th grade now) was talking about a picture he colored of cookies and milk for Santa. It’s currently on the fridge and he says to me, “I want to tape it to the table we leave Santa’s cookies and milk on. But I think its you and mom who eat the cookies, drink the milk and buy the presents.”

I paniced. I tried to stay calm on the outside but my insides were screaming and crying on the floor like a full blown toddler tantrum in the candy aisle. My only response was, “I wouldn’t do that. They’re not my treats.” Nothing else was said.

I also bring this up because of a Facebook post that’s been making its rounds. It’s an amazing story of how a mom handled her son’s disbelief in Santa. If you haven’t read it yet, please go here. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Go ahead. I’ll be here when you come back.

See? Pretty awesome, right? Essentially, it’s what I told my 4th graders, Santa is the spirit of giving and all things happy. However, she took it a few steps further by allowing him to BE Santa.

I knew this day would come. I just didn’t think it would come this soon. I didn’t think it would be today.

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22 thoughts on “The True Spirit of Santa Claus

  1. I read that story on facebook, too, love it. I have a post in draft mode about how I’m pretty sure this is the last Christmas for LM to believe. He no longer believes our Elf is real and he’s point blank asked about Santa. (Granted, he asked when he was three or four, too, but we’ve been safe since.) I rambled and got off topic and distracted him, but I highly doubt he’ll make it another year. I’m not quite ready for that, but that’s really an awesome way to transition.

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    • Crash and LM are right on par with each other. I’m sure this will his last year with Santa unless I can convince him otherwise. Perhaps if I tell him “When you stop believing in Santa you stop getting presents.”

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      • Even better, “When you stop believing in Santa, not only does he stop bringing presents, he starts taking stuff.” 😉

        LM got a letter from the North Pole (from a list he wrote at a Christmas festival) a day or two after questioning him, so I imagine that went a ways towards suppressing those questions for the rest of the season.

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  2. Fab Post! I’ve read that Facebook article too and I think when that day come my way – I will also do the same. I love what you did with the question 20. What a great way to spread the love of giving. I wish you and your family a very lovely Christmas! 🙂 Xx

    Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

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    • Thanks for stopping by. Sorry I miss it on Friday. I feel like I’m busier than one of Santa’s elves! I think we lucked out this year with Crash believing. I don’t think we’ll make it next year. I hope I remember this talk and allow him to be Santa next year. Hope you have a great holiday!

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  3. Finally got round to this post – thanks to Silver Bullet or I’d completely miss this. This is such a beautiful story of Santa, an eye-opener for me being the Santa does not exist camp. Kudos to the mom for thinking that (and you for sharing) and this definitely makes a better story of kindness from within. 🙂

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    • Thanks. I never knew the age kids stopped believing until I started teaching. Then I found out the age I was teaching is the age they stop believing. I came up with on a spur of the moment thing and I stuck with it 🙂 Thanks!

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