The Santa question

What do you do when a student asks: Is Santa real? Blogger and teacher AprilMay shows New Teacher how to handle a little girl with an awkward question.

“Mrs. T—,” the girl asks. “Santa is real, isn’t he? ISN’T HE?!”

New Teacher twitches and stammers. She looks everywhere but at the girl. “Well, uh, you see, back in history, I mean…”

The girl sniffs. Her eyes tear up alarmingly. I take pity on them both and bend down to address the girl. “Of COURSE he’s real,” I tell her.

She smiles and skips off. New Teacher looks at me with a mixture of awe and horror.

“You just LIED to a student,” she whispers. I shrug. I learned to lie about Santa a LONG time ago.

Via School Me.

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  1. Richard Nieporent says:

    I believe this question was answered 109 years ago.

  2. Alex Bensky says:

    I like Susan Sto-Helit’s response in Terry Pratchett’s “Hogfather,” when a child asks her if there is a Hogfather, the Discworld’s equivalent of Santa Claus:

    ‘Look at it this way, then,’ [Susan] said, and took a deep mental breath. ‘Wherever people are obtuse and absurd … and wherever they have, by even the most generous standards, the attention span of a small chicken in a hurricane and the investigative ability of a one-legged cockroach … and wherever people are inanely credulous, pathetically attached to the certainties of the nursery and, in general, have as much grasp of the realities of the physical universe as an oyster has of mountaineering … yes, Twyla: there is a Hogfather.’