Friday, March 28th, 2008
Santa Clues: How Far Will You Go to Keep the Big Lie Alive?
Santa Clues is a decorative set slated for store shelves this autumn (sorry, no photo yet).
Intended for ages 3 and up, the set includes foot prints, torn coat fabric, glasses, a button, a sleigh bell and a “naughty and nice” list.
That’s right, it’s “everything parents need to convince their children (and themselves) that Santa really was in their home.”
Oh, but is it everything? As long as we’re going to extreme lengths to create the perfect deception, let’s put a little more thought into it…
- Leave ash boot prints on the carpet.
- Rather than drink the milk left for Santa, spill it and leave a note of apology.
- Bake peanut butter cookies with your kids and leave the cookies for Santa. On Christmas morning, let your children find a spent EpiPen and a note from Santa explaining that he’s allergic to peanuts.
- Climb onto your roof and stomp around while jingling bells.
- Plant lots of dog poop on the roof.
- Wake your kids in excitement, rushing them to the window to see the neighbor you paid to dress as Santa and hang out on his roof by his chimney. (The neighbor then goes down the opposing side of his house out-of-view.)
If you do the whole neighbor-as-Santa thing right, you’ll probably brainwash your kid well into his early teens.
Can you think of any more amusing or realistic ways to deceive your kids?
And on a serious note, considering the Santa Clues product, how far are you willing to go? At what point does stirring your child’s imagination switch over to weaving a complex lie?