momblog candycanesWarning: This post contains Santa talk. Not for the kids!

Here’s my dilemma: I’m a board member for a nonprofit group having its annual holiday get-together Thursday at a local winery. Good food, great wine and tremendous company are guaranteed. This is my second year on the board, but my wife and I missed last year’s holiday gathering because it happened to fall on the same evening as the Christmas play at my daughters’ school. Couldn’t miss that because both girls sang in the chorus​.

Well, Thursday just happens to be the night the school where my wife works has its annual Santa party. School staff bring their children and grandchildren for an evening of holiday-themed arts and crafts, snacks and socializing. The evening is topped off by a visit from Santa with a bag full of gifts. Kids sit on Santa’s lap and gigabytes worth of photos are taken. It’s a lot of fun … for the kids. OK, there is some joy in helping your kid decorate a tree ornament or lather green and red frosting on an oversized cookie. Plus there’s always one or two kids who squeal in fright at the sight of Santa. We have fun every year.

We’ve never missed a Santa party at my wife’s work. And I’m pretty sure my 9-year-old is wise to the fact there is no Santa. She won’t come out and say as much, but she mentioned the other day that she knows parents are the ones who buy gifts for the Santa party. So if we skipped the Santa party, the only one who would miss out of a REAL Santa experience would be my 6-year-old. But what she doesn’t know won’t hurt her, right? We can figure out a way to make it up to the girls.

Ideally, grandma and grandpa or a favorite aunt would take my girls to the Santa party while my wife and I sneak off for a much-needed night of adult company in a fun setting. But we have no family here (grandparent envy is the topic for a later blog post). We have to choose one or the other.

So what should I do?​

What should I do?

  • Attend the holiday party with my wife (62%, 16 Votes)
  • Attend the Santa party with my kids (31%, 8 Votes)
  • Skip them both (8%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 26

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