Readers of The Hoopla will recall that, recently, I posted a photo on Facebook of my twin nieces meeting Santa for the first time.
The responses were surprising, to say the least.
“They’ll be scarred for life!” was one response. The children were, “crying out for their parents to protect them.”
Worst of all, this: “It is that kind of behaviour from irresponsible parents that makes it hard for children later on to discriminate between appropriate and non-appropriate touching.”
Today my brother sent me this picture from New York.
Same Santa (would you believe!), same gorgeous girls. Just five years on.
After Hurricane Sandy, in which twins, Mimi ( aka Misty) and Riley, lost their home and all their toys, books, photos and keepsakes – meeting Santa in pretty new dresses is something of a new beginning.
They’ve found a place to live, temporarily, and Santa has been informed of their change of address.
Joy To The World!
And joy to kids everywhere who are counting down the arrival of the venerable and magical Father Christmas!
To see the orginal story… and comments. Go here.
And as for the science of Christmas?
DO NOT SHOW THIS TO THE CHILDREN!!!