So I know Christmas is over but I had to share this story with you...
My mom's friend: "Mackenzie, are you SO excited for Christmas?! Santa is going to bring you lots of presents but only if you have been a good little girl so you need to listen to your Mommy and Daddy ok?"
Mackenzie (in her most serious adult tone): "Santa's pretend."
My mom's friend (shocked): "Well...ok. Good for you!"
Before you think we are Santa haters...
let me explain how Mackenzie came to that conclusion.
During the beginning of December we bought Mackenzie and Wesley this Veggie Tale movie.
The movie tells the real story (or at least the Veggie Tale version) of Saint Nicholas.
Both kids loved it and watched it multiple times a day for the entire month.
Mackenzie especially, was super into it and would ask me all kinds of questions about it.
Well if you talk a lot about the real person, Saint Nicholas, it begs the question
"Who is Santa?"
So when she asked we would tell her that Santa is pretend but he's based on Saint Nicholas who was a real person who loved Jesus and gave gifts to people.
We would also tell her that we give gifts at Christmas because Jesus gave us the very best gift of all (as well as a bunch of other things that explain the true meaning of Christmas)!
It was just so funny to me that she actually told the lady that because most of the time it seems like what I say goes in one ear and out the other.
Hopefully she got more then the Santa's-not-real part of Christmas but I guess for now that's a start.
We will work on the rest next year :)