Killing Santa April 1, 2007Posted by dorigo in humor, personal.
Filippo is growing up quite quickly… Today, he started questioning my wife about the existence of Santa Claus, based on objective reasoning on the amount of work involved during the night before Christmas.
He also reasoned on the existence of another entity which brings a gift every time a kid loses a tooth. The story is that a little magical ant collects the tooth, left outside of a window, and pays back with a gift. Filippo was really suspicious because of the large size of some of the toys he had been receiving – when Mariarosa reported on that I could not help laughing!
I thought it was due time to have a frank chat with him, so I brought him upstairs, far from Ilaria’s earing reach, and I took him to the rather uninspiring conclusion about these traditions by helping him reason on the observed phenomena. He really did not believe in Santa any more, but he had no candidate alternative for an explanation, so he was surprised to learn that it is parents who are responsible for putting gifts under the christmas tree.
I was happy to see how smoothly things went. It was also fun to determine together that Santa would need to spend no more than a few tens of millionths of a second on the delivery of each toy, something that really helped putting things in perspective…
In the end, I had him swear he will not tell any of his friends or other kids, especially Ilaria, and I assured him he will continue to receive lots of toys under the Christmas tree for a long time…