I was having a great chat with a friend today who is a new mom. Somehow we started talking about Christmas and the Jolly Elf himself, Santa Claus. She wasn't sure if that was a tradition that she felt comfortable continuing with her daughter. Here's the thing:
- I'm not a mom
- This isn't about Christmas or how you celebrate or don't
- I'm not suggesting we have Christmas in school
I totally saw where she was coming from. She wants her child to know that presents are something that are given by people who worked hard for them. Plus, she doesn't want to lie to her kid. Here's the thing, though. Isn't the line between imagination and lying pretty darn thin?
It got me thinking. What's wrong with a little bit of magic? Can educators do both? Give the facts but throw in a little magic too? I would like to think so.
Later, I got on Twitter (because that is what I do now) and I read that someone was in need of a unicorn for his 4 year old daughter. It's what she requested for her birthday. Why not?
Kids SHOULD be encouraged to play, create, fantasize, dream, invent, and expect the impossible. Life is going to rain down upon them in a fury of decisions, bills, and responsibility. Let them have this. Foster the fun of being a kid.
I say bring back the magic! It isn't a lie if you hold your fingers crossed behind your back, promise.