Warning: This post contains info that should not be seen by Santa-loving kids. If they're peeking over your shoulder, this is a good time to send them out of the room.
All the kiddos gone?
OK, here goes...
My oh my FOX News, you have really done it now. News anchor Robin Robinson at FOX News' Chicago WFLD affiliate went full-on Grinch in a recent segment aimed at helping parents handle kids' high expectations for the Christmas holidays. Her advice? Just tell your kids there's no such thing as Santa.
Maybe that sounds practical and not-too-Grinchy to say that to parents, but see my little warning at the top of this post? Robinson had no such warning before she let her little zinger fly. So kids were watching right along with their parents when she broke the news on primetime television.
Her exact words:
"Stop trying to convince your kids that Santa is Santa," the Chicago newscaster said bluntly. "That's what my take is. Forget about it. That's why they have these high expectations. They know you can't afford it, so they're going to ask some man in a red suit. There's no Santa!"
Wow, that's just brimming with holiday spirit, isn't it?
The next night, after catching an earful I'm sure from tons of angry parents, Robinson apologized:
"It was careless and callous to say what I said in what could have been mixed company," Robinson told viewers. "So many kids don't get to be children that for those who do get to live the wonder and magic of Christmas, I would never spoil it intentionally. So I sincerely apologize."
Really? Because it seems to me like you did in fact spoil it intentionally. If that were my kids watching, I would be angry. But more than that I would be sad. It's comments like this one that take the magic and mystery right out of Christmas — for kids and adults alike.
What do you think? Is Robinson's advice valid? Would you accept her apology?
You can watch a segment about toning down children's expectations for Christmas, including the news anchor's No-Santa diatribe (at the very end of the video) here:
(Remember to make sure the kids aren't within earshot before you click play...)