Me and JP, Conversations with a 5-Year-Old…

JP is our youngest grandson who turned five in September. He and his mom and dad lived with us while they were building their house a year ago. Though they’ve moved into their new house now, we still get to pick him up from preschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays and spend the afternoon with him. Next year he’ll be in kindergarten all day. He’s so full of fun and remarkably wise for his years!

The daughter of a friend of mine is a realtor and was hosting a Christmas party for friends and family last weekend.  She asked that we bring our grandkids for crafts and snacks and a visit with Santa.  I thought JP would be delighted to party…

Me:  How about we go to a party on Saturday morning?

JP:  What kind of a party?

Me:  A Christmas party.  My friend Donna’s daughter is having it.  There will probably be cookies and juice to drink.

JP:  How many people will there be?  Eight?

Me:  Well, probably…

JP:  Twenty?

Me:  Maybe…  and Santa will be there, I think.

JP:  No, that’s okay.  I don’t want to go.

Me:  You can stay by me the whole time.  We can just wave to Santa from across the room if you want.

JP:  Nana, why can’t you take one of your other grandkids?

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(So, he changed his mind and went with and by the time we left, he’d written a list of what he wanted for Christmas and had to give it to Santa Claus.  And eaten two doughnut holes, three cookies, some orange juice and a bottle of water.  But isn’t it weird to plop your little one on the lap of an old bearded stranger in a bright red suit and expect them to be okay with that??)

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  1. I never liked visiting Santa. I’m not sure why though. You make a good point. A stranger, regardless if your parents said it was ok. Love the pic! JP is adorable. ❤️

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    1. He is a sweetie. You can see how he was a little nervous, but smiling, at least. He’s a big boy now!

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      1. He probably figured he might as well get it over with lol.

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  2. My kids never wanted to do the Santa thing. After a couple years, we just gave up asking. 😃

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    1. It is such a weird thing to ask them to do, really.

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      1. It really is. There are whole websites dedicated to The scared faces of kids on his lap. Frankly, I never liked it when I was a kid either. 😃

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  3. I think most children aren’t that happy sitting on Santa’s lap! A very lovely Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Thanks, Jan, and wonderful Christmas wishes to your family, too!

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  4. I love how he wanted the specifics on the party. Smart kiddo!

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    1. My son calls him a toe dipper. Very cautious 😊

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  5. Yes, my niece did that last year with her 3 year old daughter. Well she did not like Santa one bit and she was crying, I meam full on get me off this man’s lap crying…my niece still had her picture taken witb Santa, crying and all, she sent it out as their Christmad card and i have to admit, I laughed hysterically at the photo. I felt bad for her but the pic was hilarious!! It’s sti my favorite. She sent another this year, again she’s sitting in Santa’s lap but this time she wad smiling…she now understands who Santa is and what he brings!! 😉

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    1. I think that’s the key for the kids who are happy to see Santa. And it’s such an individual thing. I figure if they’re frightened, why make them do it? But there was a little boy, about 3, at the breakfast we were at who just barreled right up to Santa and tugged his sleeve till he put him on his lap. Obviously he’d had good experiences with the big man!

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      1. Lol, he’s so cute…yes I agree with you why traumatize the kid?

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  6. I turned off my spellcheck as it was driving me nuts, but i obviously don’t check what i type very well. It’s still my favorite pic.

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  7. My kids never wanted to go see Santa. And I never made them. The only picture I have of them with “Santa” was from my office when my old boss dressed up. But they already knew him… 🙂

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    1. I know what you mean. We did Santa at school with the kids a few times, but mostly they wouldn’t mind seeing him, but no interest in sitting on his lap. And who could blame them, right?

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  8. In a world where we warn our kids not to talk to strangers or let strangers touch them anywhere…. It is pretty funny that we throw those rules out the window and expect them to understand! JP knows what’s up! That caution will keep him safe!

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    1. My son calls him a toe dipper and it’s so true. He stands back and asks questions and analyzes first. But absolutely better than a kid who barrels in or would walk off with anyone who was friendly!

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      1. Absolutely! I love your JP stories!

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