In the Eye of the Beholder
A delicious meal was coming to an end. And mitn drinen, Poppyseed says in a clear, and rather loud, voice,
Mama, is Santa real?
Now I have no problem answering my children’s questions. Given that we were in mixed company (i.e. Jews and non-Jews), I pulled Poppyseed aside to give her “the talk.”
Here is my explanation:
Santa Claus is an important part of the Christmas celebration. It isn’t our holiday so Santa isn’t real to us. Much in the way that Elijah visits our home during the Seder, but isn’t real to our friends who don’t celebrate Pesach. Because Santa isn’t part of our holiday, it isn’t our place to say if he is real or not. So if your friends ask you, you must tell them to ask their parents.
I did get a pinky-swear on that last part for insurance.