It’s the moment all parents dread: when years of telling the Santa lie need to come to an end. The problem is, it’s so hard to really know when our kids are ready to hear the truth. We just have to go with our guts and hope for the best. Some parents recently decided it was time to break the news to their 10-year-old who’s been grilling them about Santa. It did not go well.
“You have no idea what you just did. I really tried to believe. Everyone told me it’s your parents. I can’t believe you anymore. Is the Easter bunny real? How about the tooth fairy, huh? You just ruined a 10-year-old child’s LIFE. Thanks.”
Well, that went well. Maryland parents Mike and Nicki Adams have some explaining to do. Nicki says, “we were truthful and she may never speak to us again.” First, they broke the news to their 10-year-old daughter Belle. Then they couldn’t contain their laughter when she slid the above note under her bedroom door: “We were at her closed bedroom door trying to comfort her when she slid the note. We went from tears to uncontrollable laughter in seconds.” Can you blame them?
There’s such a small window in life when kids can truly believe in things like a magical man who travels the world on Christmas Eve to bring presents to every child in existence. Of course we take the chance that they are going to be heartbroken when they find out; we just have to hope that the years of joy the Santa lie brought them will make up for it.
“Nothing will make me feel better. U lied to me about something I love. That BROKE my heart.”
Jeez. I thought my two-year-old was good at guilt trips. This one really takes the cake. She punctuates her letter with how she really feels about the situation:
It’s been a week since the epic betrayal, and Belle has come to terms with it. “She’s recovered very quickly! We sat her down and explained that Santa lives in her heart and she’s joined in to help others believe,” says Adams. “She’s the baby so bless her heart she was the last one to know!”