A web of lies

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

A web of lies



A few days ago big man spun a story about the tooth fairy getting confused and leaving a peanut M&M under his pillow, so he thought he had better eat it. My response "How dare you make up lies! The tooth fairy wont come to little boys that lie, and neither will Father Christmas!"

Hmmmmnnnn so that's one lie responded to by another then.

And so comes Christmas full of deciet. How many of you have threatened your kids with no presents unless they are good? How many of you have come up with the most confusing explanations as to why Father Christmas is at the local carnival/shopping centre/on posters around town. I am dreading the questions this year. I need to get my lies sorted in my head before big man asks the questions. He is a very questioning little five year old. Recently when we went to watch Ice Age Live he asked the question I fear just as much as those about Santa. As the actors came out of the costumes in order to do the fight scenes he asked "Is Mickey Mouse real Mummy?" This was an easy one for me to answer. "Well I believe he is!" When I am in a Disney bubble I really do! I then, however, made the mistake of continuing to talk. I told him that this was a story about the ice age and that these animals are now extinct which is why actors are playing them, but Mickey is real as we have seen him in Paris. Of course he doesn't talk because he would get a sore throat talking to all those people and there are many languages he would need to know.

So is it right to lie to your kids? When it comes to Christmas I think it is fine. He is only five, and it is so magical when they really believe that Santa will visit. Obviously we have a slight problem this year in that Middle man is a little bit naughty. Big man keeps telling him that he won't get any presents! I think I therefore need to start highlighting and praising any good behaviour middle man exhibits, infront of big man. Alternatively, I could just give middle man a satsuma from Father Chrsitmas this year. Which to be honest he would probably be quite happy with!

So what white lies have you come up with about Christmas? Do you just keep it simple or have you told a web of lies? Just to really complicate things I have arranged a free phone call from Mickey Mouse who will tell the children that Santa knows they have been good. I am making it go to answerphone though so they don't get upset that the pre-recorded message doesn't answer them!

8 comments:

Helpful Mum said...

Great post! I have to admit that I feel morally uneasy about lying about Father Christmas. However, I also see the joy and excitement it brings. All the adults in our family still get a stocking from Father Christmas, even my Grandma. It's a tradition we will continue even when they know the truth.

jane schuster said...

I'm all for maintaining their fantasy world as long as possible! I have been known to sprinkle a path of glitter from outside our big girls window and into her to room to prove the fairies have visited her! THe "Be good or father christmas wont bring you anything" lie gets used more than I'd like, However, in Germany there is a much more effective tradition for children: On 6th of December (St. Nikolaus) the children leave their boots outside the door. The good children get sweets, but the bad children get a lump a coal and a nasty man with a stick comes after them! A small reminder of this works wonders at the moment!

Louise said...

I used to love my stocking - wish I still had one

Louise said...

Love it - I will be making middle man put his boots outside!

Kitty said...

My husband and I still do stockings for each other as it's just SO much fun! I heartily recommend it. The children know that it's us doing it for each other as Santa only delivers to children :-)

Musing Housewife said...

I agree with little white lies about Santa, the tooth fairy, the easter bunny.. It's part of the magic of being a child and I will continue to 'lie' to my children until the bitter end.

However, the sad part about it is that already Boyo's friends (he's 7) are telling him there is no such thing as Father Christmas.... :'(

Louise said...

I may have ruined it for my sister at a very young age :-( Because a friend ruined it for me - I was 6 at most. I am not allowed to forget this, and feel very bad about it even though I don't remember doing it.

Louise said...

I love that you write just as you speak :-) My husband can only just manage to get a present - even though I do unsubtle hints from about September. He would never manage a stocking as well x