My White (Christmas) Lie
Orlando Magazine|December 2017
My White (Christmas) Lie

My White (Christmas) Lie

BEFORE MY HUSBAND and I even had kids, I daydreamed about future Christmases in our house and what wonderful traditions we would continue from both our families. One of the roles I looked forward to most was getting to play Santa.So when we did have children, it surprised me to learn that there is a pretty passionate parenting debate over Santa Claus. There are a large number of families out there who don’t do Santa for their kids because they feel they’re lying to their children. While trying not to judge other parents’ decisions, I still can’t help but think my lie is justified.

Being a kid is magical. My two sons see the world through rose-colored glasses. They don’t see income or race or political party— they just see people. They get the biggest thrill out of mundane things like riding an elevator or taking a different route to school. So at Christmastime, life is extra special, and their imaginations run unbridled.

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December 2017