For 12 years I was the youngest of three. I’m pretty sure my parents gave up trying to convince me the gifts under the Christmas tree — all wrapped in the same paper as the others and labeled from “Santa” in my mom’s handwriting — were from some stranger in a bright red suit.
I mean, we put out my dad’s favorite cookies and a glass of skim milk for Santa. Since when was he lactose intolerant?
I wonder why parents perpetuate this fictitious story about St. Nick, lugging around toys and iPads on his magical reindeer-led sleigh on Christmas Eve. He squeezes through the chimneys — or through screen doors, if you live in Hawaii — to drop off gifts for every child in the world. All in a 12-hour window.
What 8-year-old is going to believe that?
I don’t have kids (yet), and I wonder what I’m going to tell them. Do I lie and say Santa will bring them presents if they’re good, tell them stories about elves who work — without a contract, by the way — at the North Pole? Or do I skip the fiction and be straight up: be good and Mom will buy you that “Mass Effect 3” game you want.
Someday, they will find out you’re lying. They will realize — I’m not sure how — that Santa doesn’t exist. What then? And why aren’t generations of people upset about being deceived?
The whole Santa story is interesting, to say the least. Why do we perpetuate it? Why do we want to believe it? And why aren’t we resentful for being duped for so long?
I think we want to believe in Santa. It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s convenient. But I think if I’m going to make up a story about how presents get under a tree on Christmas Eve, I’ll come up with something better.
Anyone got insight into this?
Dog Kimono from Inu Inu Hawaii
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Dog kimono or yukata from Inu Inu Hawaii (www.inuinuhawaii.com)
Price: $30 online or at pet boutiques such as Calvin & Susie in Kilohana Square
The gist: Bored of the usual dog outfits? Or your pooch is quite the fashion diva? Get a kimono (or yukata) from Honolulu-based Inu Inu Hawaii, which specializes in unique Asian-inspired apparel for dogs. They come in all sizes — in fact, you can custom order ones for larger breeds — and patterns. Imagine your Rottweiler in one of these!
Best for: Dog owners, of course!