Mummy, is Father Christmas Real?

That's the question I was faced with yesterday evening as I sat outside watching my children eat their dinner. Midge is only five, I really didn't expect her to ask this question for quite some time.
I told her; "Yes, of course he is real!" and she was happy with my reply (thankfully.) It just totally took me back. I didn't even know that Midge knew what 'pretend' really meant.

"I thought he might be pretend Mum, that's all."

I asked her why she thought this? I wondered if already children in her class were taking away such a special part of childhood. It's hard when they go to school and are surrounded by children who have older siblings. Older siblings that perhaps take great joy in teasing their younger siblings about the reality of Christmas time.

I just felt really sad that she has already, most probably, heard about whose really behind good old Father Christmas. I believed in Father Christmas for quite some time. Much longer than most parents would let it drag on. I was never bullied because in the end I kind of knew, I just really wanted to believe! I never said anything to fellow peers because I knew I'd be teased for believing in him.

I am pleased Midge accepted my little white lie and that she hasn't mentioned it since. I just hope she can hold onto these special childhood beliefs for much longer than most children seem to these days.



Kim Carberry said...

Aww! My eldest knows the truth....I'm sure of it! She's 11 and knows what goes on but she doesn't want to risk not believing just yet in case she gets no just want the magic to last a few years more while my youngest still believes in the magic of Christmas!

Unknown said...

Oh no, that's far too early to ask :( at least she took your answer though :) I want the boys to believe for years to make it more fun! x

Hannah said...

I love that she probably knows but isn't quite brave enough to fully stop believing! It'll break my heart when they no longer believe! x

Hannah said...

I know! I'm pleased she was happy with my answer though yes :) I want that too xx