Deceiving Children: Santa Claus and Christmas

Everyone seems to have a story of something outlandish their parents did to make them believe in Santa.  Well, people who celebrate Christmas at least.  I was just thinking, time of year being what it is, of my own such memory.

Well, this one was more of my sister’s.  I was there and fully taken in, but I was only three at the time.  I was pretty easy to fool at that point.

Anyway, my dad decided that his kids needed to believe in Santa more.  At the time he was big into his stereo equipment.  Reel to reels and that sort of thing.  He had some equipment in the living room and some equipment out in the garage along with all the furniture and other crap we stored out in the garage. 

He went out in the garage and recorded himself bumbling around in the garage for a while.  Then, while we weren’t looking he put the reel on in the living room.  He’d recorded a delay in the tape so we didn’t hear anything right away and didn’t know he’d started the equipment.  Instead, he had us go upstairs to wait for Santa.  Thats when, when everyone in the family was upstairs, that we heard someone moving around downstairs.  He’d put out the presents out before he came up, being the last one upstairs, so when we went down it looked and sounded like Santa had been there.  My sister and I were sure.  We’d heard it.

It took many years for my sister to forgive my dad for this.  She insisted Santa was real long after her friends stopped believing and took some shit for that.  I was younger so it had worn off by the time my friends had stopped believing.  For her I think she kind of felt a little betrayed.

Still, it was one of the cleverest things my dad ever did.  He didn’t do it to be mean either.  He was doing his best to make Christmas magic for his kids.  I don’t think you can fault him for that, even if my sister caught some shit for believing in the scam.  It was a pretty good prank too.  We had a good time with it and he had a good time with it. 

Frankly, I think being a good parents involves scamming your kids now and again.  I’ve heard a lot of other people reminisce about similar experiences.  Is it bad just because it involves deceiving children?  I don’t think so.

About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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2 Responses to Deceiving Children: Santa Claus and Christmas

  1. Kelly Burris says:

    Imagine hunter-green carpeting…At Easter, I made a flour-dough bunny foot, and put flour “bunny tracks” leading up to the Easter basket. My 6-yr old wouldn’t let me vacuum until EVERYONE in the neighborhood saw them. “See, I told you he was real”. The neighbor kids decided they couldn’t see their tracks, because they had beige carpet…! Gotta love kids imaginations.

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