Do you believe in magic?
I don’t mean pretend magic, like the clown with the twisty balloons at Pete’s birthday party, the one who pulled a robot out of his hat because he couldn’t spell right. Or when Uncle Larry finds money in my ears. I mean really real magic, like genies or talking mirrors or fairy godmothers?
Or flying reindeer?
Tonight, when we were all eating dinner, Mommy asked if I knew what I was going to ask Santa for this year. I was going to tell her that I thought a new bike would be cool, but I hadn’t decided yet because there’s lots of other really cool things and I was thinking about a space ship for my action figures or maybe, since I’m big now, I should maybe get big kid stuff so maybe I should ask for a phone or a laptop, and I wanted to make sure that he got something nice for Ranger too, maybe a really super big bone like the ones cartoon dogs get. I didn’t get to tell her that though, because when she asked me about Santa, Danny started laughing and called me a baby.
Mommy told him to be quiet, but he kept going. He said that no one could go down all those chimneys and we don’t even have a chimney so how does he even get in? Then he said that the Tuckers down the street have a burglar alarm and if anyone tried to sneak in, the police would catch him and take him to jail.
Mommy and Daddy got mad, but he just laughed more. He said that if Santa has a list and only gives presents to good kids, then how come all the kids get stuff? Does that mean that there aren't any naughty kids? Even Danny got presents from Santa last year, and he’s always mean!
Mommy and Daddy got really mad and told Danny to go to his room. I was very sad and Mommy and Daddy talked to me and said that Santa was really real, and that Danny was just silly and he thinks he knows lots but he doesn’t, and I should think about what I’m going to ask for. Then they made Danny say sorry and that he made it up to be mean.
That made me feel better, I guess.
But what if Santa isn’t really real magic? What if he doesn’t have a really magic list and really go down chimneys? What if he just does pretend magic tricks, like finding money in ears? What if Danny was right and when he tries to bring toys to kids, someone thinks he’s a bad guy?
Maybe you could keep an eye on him this year? Just in case? After all, he’s really nice to all the kids everywhere, so we should be nice back.
And if his naughty and nice list doesn’t really work, maybe you could tell him about Danny.