It's no secret, our family believes in the magic of Santa. He comes every year delighting our children with the joys Christmas. He brings them the toys they hoped they were good enough all year and brings a special childhood memory for them each time. You will probably hear more stories about him throughout the month of December. 

Christmas is a magical time for parents too. In our family, we join in the wonder and magic of Santa Claus. We hang our stockings, trim our tree and leave the old man milk & cookies to enjoy after he visits our house. Yes, our family believes in Santa. 

Not long ago, I blogged about when my daughter came home questioning the existence of Santa. Being 10, she had a few questions and I was able to answer them with her still believing in Santa at the end, despite what her friends said. Yay! One more year of enjoying the fun of it all with her!

Or so I thought until she came home last week from school saying something that made my jaw drop to the floor. Apparently when my daughter (who is 10 years old might I remind you) told her teacher that she was excited about Santa coming to her house, her teacher told her that Santa Claus was "Phony Baloney"

I wasn't shocked at the fact someone ratted out Santa, kids do it to each other all the time. I was shocked that a teacher who also is a grown adult (and not the parent) would rat out Santa. Right before the holiday season really begins and right after we just had this discussion.

I took to Facebook to get some opinions on the situation and it seems majority of mama's agree with me. Speak up and say something about it. Now, if you know me, you know I have high anxiety and when there is a confrontational situation (even a slight one) such as this, it kicks in and I clam up. 

I called the school that evening but the principal (who I wanted to speak directly to) was out until the following Monday. I held onto this and had the weekend to think about what I was going to say. I didn't want to make a big stink about it but this is my child and nobody has the right to take away from her childhood.

It's different if mom or dad is answering a direct "Is Santa real" question but to mock a child and disregard their feelings, that's wrong. I know not everybody has the same beliefs but let kids be kids and keep your negative thoughts to yourself. Leave it at home and acknowledging her with a simple "wow" would have done fine. 

As a teacher or any adult who knows better, it is wrong. My daughter (and probably many other kids) look up to adults like her. I even think shes a great teacher but that was wrong of her to say. I understand people make mistakes but that brought my daughter right down and hurt her feelings. She was sad about something as simple as believing in Santa.  

On Monday afternoon I called the school again and finally spoke to the principal. I explained to her what was going on and she couldn't believe it. She said she would get to the bottom of it and was hoping it was just a misunderstanding because in a school with a wide age-range like this one has, they don't do things like that and it wouldn't be tolerated coming from a teacher. I was relieved we were in agreement.

When my daughter got off the bus she said the principal spoke to her about the situation and apologies were made. That's all I wanted, for her to acknowledge that it was the wrong thing to say. 

After all this huffing, K still wants Santa to bring her what she wished for. We still have at least one more year with the magic of Santa Claus and our oldest girl despite some adults saying the darnedest things!

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An original story by AME. Title Image created by AME. Santa image from morguefile Opinions and comments on this blog are always honest and my own. 

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  1. Awww :) I am so happy for you and your daughter that this situation turned out 'okay' in the end! I am still floored that the teacher had the nerve to say what she did in the first place - no one has the right to ruin such a harmless joy as a belief in Santa. Kids are only kids for such a short time - everyone should embrace that while they can!

    1. Thanks Soozle! It was quite the bizarre situation but I'm glad we can go back to normal for one more year! Thanks for commenting!! :-D

  2. Good for you!

    Why are grown-ups so determined to kill the magic of childhood? Grr.

    I am so happy you spoke up and even happier that it was addressed!

    Great job!


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