Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I was singing "Santa Clause Is Coming To Town" to my four year old grandson the other day. I thought he would think it was fun, but he got very quiet. He had this look on his face.
Well, think about it. The song is a little threatening. Santa knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been good or bad! Kind of creepy, isn't it? Why do we sing these songs to our children? Do we really need Santa threats to get them to behave? No, I never threatened my son with Santa and I wouldn't do that with my grandson. So I was thinking about singing "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer," but then he might worry that Santa will get lost in the fog!
"Frosty The Snowman" is a safe bet. At least he promises to be back again some day.
Maybe I should use the Santa threats on myself. When those dark thoughts of consuming more calories than I've planned for the day start to linger or I decide I don't need to walk that cul-de-sac with the hill and the big scary dog, I'll just say to myself: NO SANTA FOR YOU!