Interested to know if anyone doesn't do Santa? How do you go about it? Why?
DS is old enough to understand Santa this year, but I'm not 100% sure whether I want to do it or not...
We're not religious at all, so for us xmas is just about spending time with family, and giving small gifts as tokens of appreciation/love. I love xmas and get excited about decorating, putting up the tree, picking out the perfect gift for each person, and getting to spend quality time with my loved ones. But something about Santa just doesn't sit right with me...
I guess the things I don't like are:
- I don't feel comfortable with lying to DS.
- I don't like that with Santa the focus is all on receiving gifts. I don't want xmas to be about that for us.
- I don't like the whole 'naughty & nice' list thing. I don't want to threaten/bribe my child to behave.
(*please note - I by no means at all judge others who do Santa or who use the 'naughty & nice' list. Whatever works for your family is great!)
Buttttt... I loved having Santa as a kid! It really made xmas feel magical...am I denying DS that?? Also, all of his cousins/friends will be doing Santa, so I don't want him to slip up and tell them that he doesn't believe and ruin it for them!
Any advice, thoughts, tips, ideas?? I can't make up my mind...