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!
"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.
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?
"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.
TRACK SANTA'S SLEIGH
You can track Santa's sleigh as it travels round the world, with the NORAD Santa Tracker.
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