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Just a Big Lie? Christmas Memories

My Naughty Little Sister

Yes, I know this is the title of a book or series of books by Dorothy Edwards (and the stories are hilarious, I especially love the one where she bites Santa Claus) but the title also applied to one of my sisters too.


If you are a child, do not read this. And if you DO read it, make sure you get right to the end!

The Wardrobe

"Santa's not real", my younger sister said to me one night in the bedroom we shared.

"How do you know?" I asked.

"The girls in school told me and anyway, our presents are in the bottom of mum's wardrobe. You're getting a toy sewing machine, I tore a corner of the paper off and saw it."


This was pretty much of a shock. Santa wasn't a subject discussed in my class in school and I hadn't considered that my parents might be lying to me, nor had I considered rooting in my parents' wardrobes. I found my mother alone in the kitchen. This was unusual, with five children, there was usually someone else there too.

"She doesn't believe in Santa", I said, referring to my sister.

"Oh, has she found out?" my mother replied matter of factly, continuing on with whatever she was doing at the time. "Well don't tell the younger ones, they still believe in him." I said nothing - in shock that she thought I already knew this important fact.

Christmas Morning

Came Christmas morning and the toy sewing machine appeared. I have never liked sewing ever since. This was the 50s and girls were supposed to be domesticated! I preferred climbing trees and paddling in the local stream looking for Bombos (little fish) and caddis fly larvae that make cocoons from tiny stones. Santa would have known that!

Other Children Asked

Other children have asked their parents this question too, going back a long time. One even wrote into her local newspaper in 1897 (my grandmother was just a small girl then) and asked this question of the editor of the New York Sun. What was his answer?

Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

"Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. "

Now I can quite happily tell my grandchildren that Santa will come. emoticon :smile:


You can track Santa's sleigh as it travels round the world, with the NORAD Santa Tracker.

This is another entry for Melody23 's challenge on

My version of this was prompted by GemOfAGirl 's post " Do you believe in Santa Claus? "

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bestwriter wrote on December 19, 2014, 3:09 AM

I do not think a child would be happy if there was no Santa Claus and that a Santa is not seen is good enough explanation.

HappyLady wrote on December 19, 2014, 3:39 AM

My family always had a "sick box" thanks to the "My Naughty Little Sister" books and I had two tiny sewing machines as I had my own and the one my Mum had as a child. I wish we had mept it. My suspicion about Santa Claus was shattered too but you wll have to read about that.

micksy1983 wrote on December 19, 2014, 9:19 AM

santa isa bit of fun for kids, it keeps there lives magical I suppose

paigea wrote on December 19, 2014, 10:47 AM

I believed in Santa as long as possible too. I remember being shattered when I found out the truth. Then I got into the fun of carrying it on with my younger siblings.

GemOfAGirl wrote on December 19, 2014, 3:58 PM

Very well-told story! The shock in the kitchen is palpable. And I love almost anything that mentions "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus". My favorite line in it is, "Not believe in Santa Claus - you might as well not believe in fairies!" As I responded to 's comment on my own article, I do still believe in a "spirit" of Santa Claus, as the personification of the magic that can transform both the giver and the give in an act of generosity.

AliCanary wrote on December 19, 2014, 8:42 PM

Oh man, this reminds me of the time I peeked at the gifts I found stashed in Mom's closet, and although it was exciting at the time, it was a bummer to have to pretend to be excited over seeing the same stuff later when I opened it.

scheng1 wrote on December 20, 2014, 3:31 AM

Actually many children know that Santa is not real, but they want to believe.

motrojam wrote on December 20, 2014, 4:14 AM

There will come a time when my kids too will stop believing that there is a Santa Claus but I will enjoy the time that they still do. Have a merry Christmas!

Ellis wrote on December 20, 2014, 11:40 AM

Most children know there is no Santa by the time they start school...we just didn't say anything to our parents in case our presents stopped...kept it up till I was

bestwriter wrote on February 1, 2015, 8:28 PM

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MegL wrote on February 2, 2015, 1:27 AM

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