My three older kids came to me the other morning. And this is what they said:
5-yr old son: (giggling) I know that Santa's not re-eal.
Me: How do you know that? (wanting to see where the little boy was heading with his declaration)
Son: Cause Dad told me.
Dad: (shakes head in complete denial)
7-yr old daughter: Well, I know that he was real but then he died. And now other people pretend to be Santa so we can get toys and you are the elves.
almost 9-yr old daughter: (talking over her sister) Mo-om. You told us! Not Dad!
Son: (still giggling) Mom! YOU'RE Santa! (giggles more and more and more)
The kids then walked off talking about what Mom and Dad could possibly have gotten them for Christmas.
A mere two hours later the following conversation occurred...
7 yr daughter: (said in complete horror!) Mom, how is Santa going to bring us presents since we don't have a chimney?
Son: (totally concerned) Oh no! We're not going to get presents!
7-yr daughter: I know! We'll leave the back door unlocked for him.
Then they both sigh in relief.
And I am left wondering...Didn't you both just decide that I am Santa? Why would I need a chimney or an unlocked door? I live here! Silly Kids!!