Hi, Carolyn: My son is 7 and still believes in Santa, that Santa makes toys in his workshop, all of it. He asked Santa for a hoverboard, an iPhone and a $200 robot. I simply cannot afford these things, and he wouldnt get a phone at his age anyway. Hell be getting plenty of other gifts from Santa, me and relatives, but Im already heartbroken at the thought of his disappointment on Christmas morning when he sees he didnt get what he asked for. Is there a way to handle this without ruining the Santa fantasy? - Not Santa
Answer: Seems to me the Santa fantasy has ruined the Santa fantasy, and so its hard to see a good reason to keep it going.
Its too late to change this year, but you can pre-empt next years Santa disappointments by starting the de-Santafication process now. Be a little less awesome at maintaining the facade and use the same wrapping paper and handwriting for your gifts from Santa and from you. Letting him piece it together himself is so much better than what would effectively be a JK! We yanked your chain for years.
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