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– St. Catherine of Siena

Monday, December 14, 2015

Matthew Monday: Two Quick Christmas Takes With Carols

1. Matthew is getting quite the verbal wit.  He’s into altering song lyrics for parody.  He came up with this one after I yelled at him for something.

Have a holly, jolly daddy.
He’s the worst daddy of the year.
I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But he doesn’t have any cheer.

Have a holly, jolly Christmas
And in case you didn’t hear
Daddy is the worst daddy
of the year!

Here’s the actual song for your enjoyment.

2. Matthew is questioning whether Santa Claus is real.  I’ve been telling him he’s real, but I’m not sure he believes me. 

“Is Santa Claus just a character daddy?”  When he uses the word “character” he means it like a super hero, like Batman.

“Yes, why do you think not?”

“Because he can’t fit down a chimney.  He’s too fat.”

“That doesn’t mean he’s not real.  He comes down by magic.”

I don’t think that satisfied.  At what age do you break the news that Santa isn’t real?


  1. You really got me confused Manny. Are you telling me that Santa is not real? If so, who was that man dressed in red with a beard who left our house hurriedly when I got home from work last evening? I was told it was Santa checking that the chimney is wide enough and clean for him to come down from. Is someone lying to me you think?

    Don't tell Matthew anything. Let him discover/find out for himself. If you tell him Santa is not real he will start doubting other things you teach him; like Jesus, God, the Nativity. Just keep focussing on his Christian upbringing.

    God bless you all.

  2. When my grandson began doubting Santa, I suggested to my daughter that she begin to teach him about the real Saint Nicholas, and transition to understandinng Santa as a tradition where we remember Saint Nick.

    1. Yes, I should integrate the real St. Nicholas into the story but without putting down Santa. Thanks Kelly.

  3. Why, never. I told my kids (and granddaughter) the year they don't believe in Santa, then those presents are gone. Nothing from Santa. Here my daughter is 30 and still believes! LOL

    1. That's a great idea. I'll go with that. No presents if you don't believe in Santa.

  4. 2nd attempt.....

    We had a similar situation this weekend. My son was up to his eyeballs in trouble and had been confined to his room. Every so often he'd belt out a Christmas song, changing the words to say "my fam i ly ha hates me la la la, or something like that. He has perfect pitch at age 11- it was both funny and pathetic. My husband and I were whispering in the living room. He suggested I invite the little butt to sing in my choir. Out from the bedroom comes "I'd refuse!!"

    1. Hahaha! Great story. Sounds like my son. :)