So apparently our local mall Santa is NOT giving out candy canes this year. Instead, he is giving out "Santa glasses"... red/white striped cardboard glasses with Santa's sleigh + 9 red-nosed (?!?!) reindeer on the side pieces... and mall logo. A friend of mine discovered this when she took her 3-year-old today. She was not impressed. And her dd wasn't either. In fact none of her children (3, 5.5, and 9) were the least bit happy. The oldest was quite upset because she felt the mall was "changing Christmas". No clue the reasoning. We've both posted on the mall's FB page to ask because we're curious and they're mastering the art of avoiding the questions LOL
My kids know the "truth" (always have) but still like to sit on Santa's knee if we happen to be there when he is... partly just for the fun of it... but also because they want to get a candy cane... can't see them wanting to do that for a pair of cheap cardboard glasses that probably won't survive the trip home.
So... what do you think... is it "wrong"/anti-Christmas for Santa to NOT hand out candy canes? Should Santa be required to give out candy canes because candy canes and Christmas go together like peanut butter & jelly or sunshine & rainbows? Are children going to be traumatised because there's no candy canes? OK... that last is obviously me being very silly