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Interview with the Experts: The 2011 Christmas Edition

Posted Dec 23 2011 7:30am
Let's see what the experts, Cole and Bella, have to say about Christmas, from a kid's point of view.

What does Santa look like?
Cole: He has a white beard, his hat looks like an elf hat but it's red.  He has peach-colored skin.  And he has big black shoes and a red button shirt and red pants.
Bella:  He has peach skin.  A jolly nose.  His belly is big like a bowl of jello and it jiggles when he says "ho, ho, ho".

Where does Santa live?
Cole:  At the North Pole with Mrs. Claus and the elves.  He has no kids but maybe the elves are his kids.  It's still a mystery.
Bella: Hmmm, at the North Pole.  He lives with reindeer, elves and Mrs. Claus and Mr. Claus.

What is Santa doing right this very minute?
Bella:  He and his elves are packing up for Christmas because it's 3 or 4 more days away.
Cole:  I don't know.  But I do care.  Why the heck would I NOT care about Santa?  That would be mean and hurt his feelings.  And I'm not like that.  

How does he keep track of what you want for Christmas?
Cole:  Santa sends his elves to everyone's house and the elves spy on us.  Then they go back and tell Santa.
Bella: He watches us on the motion detector in the corner of your living room.  When the light is red, it means an elf has spotted you being bad.  Except me.  I'm not bad.  I wonder if the elves can hear us when we fart?

How does Santa get to every single house in one night?
Cole: That's a good question but I don't know.  I think his elves must help him or his sled is really fast so it can get around the world.
Bella: Maybe his elves help him.

Is the Grinch real?
Cole:  Um, nooooo.
Bella:  Nooooooo
Me:  How do you know?
Bella:  Because there's no such thing as green skin.  So there you go.  Plus, I think the Grinch is supposed to be a monster and there's no such thing as monsters.  Or vampires.

Do most families have a special dinner on Christmas day?
Bella: That's a good question.  Probably they have special dinners.
Cole:  That's a good question but I don't know.  We'll most likely have pot roast even though I don't know what that is.
Bella:  Is it a cockroach?
Me:  No, a pot roast.
Cole:  It's a roast that roasts stuff.  I hope we have mashed potatoes cuz those are the bomb.

Does Santa bring gifts for parents?
Cole: Um, sometimes, if the parents are good.  
Bella:  It depends on if the parents has been good or bad.  Like you said you want peace and quiet.  I heard you tell Santa that.
Me:  Yeah, do you think Santa will bring me peace and quiet?
Bella:  I don't think so.  But maybe he'll bring you a necklace.  

Is it customary to leave food for Santa on Christmas eve?
Cole: Yes, it's the nice thing to do.  Cookies, donuts and other kinds of junk food that you can think of.  Oh, carrots for the reindeer.
Bella: Um, cookies and carrots but this year we're leaving real reindeer food.

How does Santa know if you're good or bad?
Bella: I already told you.  Through the motion detector.  The elves watch us and then they tell Santa.  We each have an assigned elf.  Mine's a girl who wears pink nail polish.
Cole: The elves watch you but it's not creepy or anything.  Well, it's kind of creepy.  Sometimes I lay awake at night and feel weird that they're watching me.  Don't the elves ever sleep?

Have you ever been on the bad list?
Cole: Yes.  Uh, no.  Well, once.  But I can't remember what it was for.  Okay, wait.  No, I've never been on the bad list.
Bella:  Last year, I was on the good list but just barely.  I'm on the good list now because I've been real good.  Helpful and stuff.  And I'm trying hard to read better.

Why do we celebrate Christmas?
Bella:  I forget.  Oh yeah, it's Jesus' birthday.  We make him a birthday cake every year but he never comes over to eat it with us.  Probably because he's dead.
Cole:  To hang out with family and you celebrate Jesus being born.  I'm glad Jesus was born because if he wasn't then we wouldn't be here.  What would the world be like then?
Bella:  How did God make the world if no one else was alive?
Me:  Go ask Daddy.  He went to private Catholic school.
Bella:  Okay.  Daddy.....

Feel free to ask your kids the same questions and share it on your blog!

Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season!!


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