A couple of days back, Ashu in a matter of fact tone told me, "Santa Claus is not real, amma"! I just nodded my head and went my way. The thing is we have never talked about Santa that much in this house. She has seen him on TV, read a few books with him in it. She went to see Sami Claus (Swiss Santa) with her class last week. So that's about it. Since I have never believed that Santa is real when I was a kid, it was nt such a shocker to me. But later thinking about it, I wondered how she knew. So I asked her tonight just before bed. Here goes...
Me - So? Santa is not real, huh?
Ashu - No amma. He is not.
Me - How do you know?
Ashu - I know.
Me - But what about the real Santa who comes through the chimney and gives gifts to kids?
Ashu - Hes not real. Only amma appa give gifts!
Me - huh? *wondering how she knows that. she does nt even get xmas gifts from us!*
Ashu - and also to fly in the sky and give gifts, he needs thousands and thousands of reindeers. but there are only very few reindeers in the forest. so Santa cant fly fast and give gifts without reindeers! *get the logic? less reindeers affecting gift delivery hence no Santa!*
Me - But Santa might know magic right? What if he does magic and sends gifts?
Ashu - No amma. Only people dress up as Santa. Like we saw Bob the Builder in Legoland.
Me - *faking shock* WHAT? bob the builder is not real too?
Ashu - amma! he comes on TV. so its not real. except animals. only animals are real.
Me - Wow! You are very smart, Ashu!
Ashu - No amma. Im super smart!
Me - !!!
Later, I read the book, Grandmother Winter to her before bedtime. In the book, grandmother shakes her feather white quilt and snow falls through the air and everyone prepare themselves for winter. So I asked her,
"how do you think snow falls, Ashu? in this story, grandma shake the quilt. Can you make up a reason like that?
Ashu - hmmm....
Me - You know what I think? Theres a big ice cream truck in the sky. And when the doors of the truck open, all the vanilla ice cream is falling down like snow!
Ashu - (laughs)
Me - So you tell me now.
Ashu - I think that the rain drops are feeling very cold and they become ice and they fall down as snow.
Me - Sigh!
I give up. Theres nothing left to teach.
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