Kids Say, vol. 9

Me (to Isabel and Elliana):  “Who pooped?”
Elliana (stepping forward):  “I.”

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Elliana is almost always the first of the four kids to wake up.  I know she’s awake when I hear, “Iiiizaba.  Iiiizaba.  Iiiizaba.

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Travis and I made the decision before our kids were ever born that we weren’t going to celebrate Santa Claus.  Instead of teaching the kids to “believe in” Santa, we’ve always told them that Santa is just make-believe and that people like to pretend he is real just for fun.  So, in other words, we haven’t attempted to “shelter” our children from Santa Claus–that would be impossible.  Instead, we have simply told them the truth about Santa from the beginning.  The other day at breakfast, I decided I ought to sing the song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to the kids since they had never heard it before.  It’s a cute song and a fun story, right?  After singing the song several times (repeating it at the request of Amariah), it dawned on me that although we’ve told the kids about Santa himself, we’ve never really told them about Santa’s reindeer.  I began to explain about Rudolph’s nose being like a red light bulb that helps Santa see up in the sky.  Then, just when I thought the kids would be somewhat awed at the mystical story of Rudolph, Abel interjected, “And who would think reindeer could fly, anyway….”

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  1. Mary Kaisand says:

    Awesome! Sounds like Melissa’s story with Max. You should ask her about his latest Spiritual questions. :)