Mixed in with all of this is my complete and total disbelief that my seven year old still believes in Santa Claus. There are just so many holes in the story and now, as an adult, I'm waiting to slip up and say something he'll catch onto and realize the whole thing was a facade. While I think Santa is a nice story for kids and beats the thought that mom and dad are just going to buy you a bunch of stuff for this one day thing, it also really shows just how easy it is to meld a child's mind to believe whatever you want them to believe and it's kinda scary. Nate is by all accounts a very matter of fact kid. There is rule and logic in this universe and god help him, he will find it, point it out to you and abide by it so long as it doesn't seem too frivolous (by his own personal standards, of course). Which is why I simply cannot believe he hasn't figured this out yet. He sees Santas at the stores, has asked how elves make xboxes, and it just dawned on him last week that Santa visits every kid who celebrates Christmas around the world, millions of kids, in one night. And how does he do that??
In the meantime I will keep surfing the web hoping to find something that won't be tossed into the black hole that is our playroom in a week's time and make some gingerbread men in the interim, because as everyone knows, Santa loves his cookies.