Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Reader Poll, of sorts

Tell me about how/where/when you "found out" about Santa Claus. Would you suggest others "find out" that way?
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Whoa! Has it really been last week since I last posted? Yeesh!

I taught Jr Hi all day Monday, so I was pretty shot by the time I got home. Yesterday, between errands and Christmas shopping and school Christmas programs, another blog post day down the tubes.
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As for my own story, I never had a chance. My parents always said, "Well, he's a fun story, but that's all."


Listening to: Yule Be Boppin', various Blue Note recording artists

6 comments:

The Ironic Catholic said...

I asked, Mom and Dad spilled the beans. I was 7 and not surprised.

Granted, the 2nd grade teacher spoiled that whole Easter Bunny thing....

HMSnow said...

Here is a family legend about my early acquaintance with Santa:

Once upon a time, when I was somewhere in the neighborhood of four years old, Mom took me and my sister to the mall for some seasonal shopping. We passed the Santa kiosk and, in a voice capable of carrying over an embarrassingly long distance, I asked her, "Mom, who's the fat clown in the red suit?"

Allen's Brain said...

IC, You mean the Easter Bunny isn't...? Oh no!

HMS,
"Who's the fat clown in the red suit?"
"That's your uncle Murray, Darling, and he's very self-conscious about his weight."

PaperSmyth said...

Well, he is more than an just an interesting story, but I'm up for the Saint thing most of the time and my name is a derivative of Nicholas, so...my teen evens knows who Saint Nicholas is. And the other two, in elementary school, will learn when they are able to "keep the secret" in the spirit of charity. (Not blabber and brag to scare younger ones.)
I got really irritated when the neighbors told my young ones "Santa is just made up to make Jesus jealous." What??? I wish I could make them read about the real Saint Nicholas, but they would run the other way screaming about Catholics being EVIL.
And we don't do the Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy. (Am I evil?)

Allen's Brain said...

Well yes, St Nicholas was a real person. However, the whole red-suited guy living at the North Pole, with the flying sleigh delivering toys to all good children thing--the guy who owes more to England's Father Christmas and Coca-Cola--THAT is merely an interesting story. I would separate those two in the same way as I would separate the celebration of Jesus' birth from the rabid winter shopping spree that goes by the same name.

PaperSmyth said...

"I would separate those two in the same way as I would separate the celebration of Jesus' birth from the rabid winter shopping spree that goes by the same name."

Oh, I totally agree with that.

And I realized I did not answer the question. Well, I was about 8 and caught my mom in the act of filling stockings, but it was kinda weird for me. (I was so naivé... nothing ever changes.)