Monday, December 14, 2015

Dear Kate,

Since neither of my children is quite old enough to force me to deal with the "Santa issue," I feel I am extremely qualified to offer you advice.  (In fact, the only person more qualified than myself would be someone who has never had children).  Why don't you just go with this whole "Santa is dead" thing?  But I mean, treat it very somberly.  I mean, cry when you talk about it.  "He's dead, but those poor children don't know yet.  Their parents are lying to them so that they aren't sad.  We shouldn't tell them that he's dead because of how sad they would be."  I feel this not only teaches empathy but is also a good lesson on death.  Heck, you'll be ahead of the game when one of your cats die!

You're welcome,

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