Every now and again, I get myself into heated Facebook arguments about controversial topics such as circumcision, breastfeeding in public and vaccinations. Some posts I just want to keep it real and say, “No, you’re a dumb wench and don’t know what you’re talking about so STFU” and leave it at that. Alas, Facebook is attached to my full legal name leading me to take the route of “When my baby was that age, we did this/that/other and it worked for us! :D” To be more personable, I have become obsessed with the Internet laughy face.
One of the day’s topic was posted by one of my favorite natural parenting pages and it was about holiday celebrations. They asked if their fans recognized celebrating Christmas and if they did Santa Claus for their kids. I jumped on this because I’m probably the only Asian, let alone Laotian, “Liker.” Here was my response:
I’m Asian and … got a lot of flack from my Caucasian husband when I brought this up when I was still pregnant, mind you! I would rather do a birthday party for Jesus than the whole fake fat, bearded guy! That’s NOT what Christmas is about and at least stay crunchy by keepin’ it real, right?! We got in a HUGE fight over this! HAHAHA
‘Tis true, my husband and I had a hiccup in marital bliss over friggin’ Santa Claus. Can anybody else say that an immortal fat man came between you and your husband? Don’t get me wrong — my parents gave us Christmas presents under the tree. I believe in the true meaning of Christmas and I’m totally on board with the story of St. Nicholas! I’m not an evil person; I want my kid to have fond memories of the holidays, I promise!
The Husband retaliates with the future scenario where Humnoy will be that kid, who breaks all the Santa-believers’ hearts at school when he says, “Well, my Mama and Daddy give me presents, yours did too; Santa Claus is a fakey!”
::Other Kid runs away and cries::
How can I incorporate my beliefs with the joy of Christmas while still raising a realistic and caring child?