So, Thomas and I decided that at almost 12 years old, it was time for Benjamin to understand the whole "Santa Secret". It's not that we've with held it from him all these years, but for anyone who knows my trusting, ever believing, ever the optimist child, you understand that if he wants to believe that he can design the solar panels we need to power the city for as long as the world is around, then there is NOTHING that can deter him from his belief! Someday, I promise you, my Benjamin will be the one to design those solar panels - watch for his name!!!!
Anyway, thomas found that article titled "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause". He took Benjamin quietly into the office and had a little "heart-to-heart". He talked to him about what his friends at school say about Santa Clause, and read him that article. He talked to him about why we do kind things for others. yada, yada, yada . . .
After about 5 or so minutes, Thomas comes out of the office just a grinning and shaking his head! For our family that knows these to boys, I am sure you're on the floor laughing right now. I'm sure you can picture exactly what was going on behind the office door! For those of you who don't know my boys as well, I'll tell you what Thomas said to me!
"I asked him what he thought about that article I read him. I asked him what he thought it meant . . . he said 'it means there really is a Santa Clause!'" Can you just picture my husband hitting his head against a brick wall going "Doh!" He asked Benjamin why he thought Santa was real - planning on continuing this conversation. Ben said "because there's no way you guys could afford that Hummer Santa brought me last year!" So, my lessons in "we can't afford that" came back and kicked me in the butt!
So, any suggestions on how to tell a 12 year old boy that there isn't a Santa Clause?
p.s. Marshall wrote a letter to santa, he asked for a T.V. he said "since you and dad can't afford it, Santa can just bring it!"
by the way, the rust family is in no need for donations, angel tree, food pantry . . . we're doing fine! :-)