I've stumbled on what I hope is a local aberration. Parents, please help me out, if you can:
I've heard three independent stories of middle school to high school kids believing in Santa Claus, and it is perpetuated by their parents. We're not talking nut jobs that belong in a group home, but professionals and pillars of our community (seriously, a principal of the elementary school). The motto one parent says is "You must believe to receive." Several other parents in earshot agreed with this sentiment. My wife and I looked at each other like
It was very odd...but I live in a small town in rural South Carolina that still has blue laws, shuts down on Wednesday nights for (Baptist) church, and so on.
For the record, my six and four year old are completely on board with Santa, but the oldest is beginning to ask questions such as how his uncle knew to get him earbuds for the iPod Santa brought the next day...
Any idea what's going on here?
And Merry Christmas, and Happy Boxing Day!