**Make sure the kids have left the room** So the folks in my office were talking yesterday about when they themselves were told, and when they told their own kids that there was no Santa, no Tooth Fairy, no Easter Bunny and so forth. The conversation then took a turn when I told them that my cousin's wife refused to let her daughter believe in Santa, Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy - mostly for her strict religious beliefs. Now then... here is where I'm interested in everyone's humble opinions. My personal opinion is that I disagree with my cousin's wife for removing the excitement and fun out of the holidays. I don't believe that there is anything wrong with letting the kids have a fun filled Christmas with Santa and reindeer stories and hopes - AND still explain to them the values of their beliefs. Sure it was a little bit of a let down when I found out that it was all make believe, but still.. it was great fun while it lasted. Now then... I will say that to each his own, and I can't hold it against my cousin's wife because hey... that's her religion and I flat out don't understand it, but no skin off my teeth. My problem therein lies when her kid announces to mine and other believers that there is no such thing as Santa (etc), and makes them feel foolish for believing. Granted, we can't duct tape their mouths shut. I guess another way of looking at this is... when I give DD the "other talk", she's sure to blab it amongst friends who haven't been informed - who will inadvertantly tell their parents and put them on the spot. So does this make me a hypocrite? I need some coffee to try and digest my random thoughts this morning.