The holidays can bring up lots of emotions — from joy, to anxiety, to straight-up nihilism! OK, maybe nihilism is a bit (a lot) of a stretch, but one 6-year-old recently demonstrated his ambivalence around the whole Santa thing — or at least his ambivalence around Santa-related school assignments.
The 6-year-old's mom tweeted the letter, which reads:
Santa Im only doing this for the class. I know your notty list is emty. And your good list is emty. And your life is emty. You don't know the trouble Ive had in my life. Good bye.
Im not telling you my name
His mother was quick to disclose that the "troubles" in his life were just his brother.
My 6yo Santa skeptic was told to write a letter to Santa at school. So he did... pic.twitter.com/XUFGMnXDFT— Sarah McCammon NPR (@sarahmccammon) December 3, 2017
According to his dad, the letter isn’t necessarily representative of the boy's overall feelings about Christmas. “Some of the kids at school have been giving him grief about not being a Santa Claus guy, so I think part of what he wrote was a reaction to that,” he tells Redbook.
PS - the "troubles" in his life? His brother. Don't call child services. 😂— Sarah McCammon NPR (@sarahmccammon) December 3, 2017
"He's not cynical — in fact he's a really sentimental guy,” he adds. “He's always the first to insist we decorate the house and start playing Christmas music. He just likes to feel that people are being straight with him. I think he felt kind of like you or I would feel if one of our bosses said to write a letter to Santa Claus.”
... Meaning, this child isn't going to go along with something just because he's told to. Which, at its core, is really just evidence of some healthy, mature critical thinking.