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Sanity Clause

on Dec 11th 2017

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Is this kid who reads Kafka for enjoyment saying he still believes in Santa Claus? I can’t figure out exactly how this all makes sense whether he does or he doesn’t.

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18 Responses to “Sanity Clause”

  1. Kilby Dec 11th 2017 at 06:06 pm 1

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    Caulfield is simply refusing to become hostage to a specific list. If his parents don’t have that to hold over his head, he believes that he will be more free to act as he chooses. Perhaps he trusts in their generosity to deliver some gifts, no matter what happens in these last two weeks.

  2. narmitaj Dec 11th 2017 at 06:10 pm 2

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    I imagine his parents tell him to behave or “Santa Claus” won’t bring him any presents. So he reasons that if he doesn’t ask for any presents, his parents - “Santa’s” agents and enforcers, whether or not Santa exists - won’t have any leverage over him. He hasn’t considered that if he sidesteps the carrot of Santa that they hold out, his parents may well move on to deploy other methods, such as sticks, to enforce their standards of acceptable behaviour.

  3. Winter Wallaby Dec 11th 2017 at 07:28 pm 3

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    My kids know there’s no Santa Claus, but they still enjoy acting as if “Santa Claus” is bringing their presents.

  4. Cidu Bill Dec 11th 2017 at 07:40 pm 4

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    I’m pretty sure kids know there’s no Santa Claus WAY before they let their parents know.

  5. Winter Wallaby Dec 11th 2017 at 08:08 pm 5

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    I knew someone how figured out there was Santa Claus [*], but also “figured out” that once his parents knew that he knew, they would all stop pretending, and he wouldn’t get any more presents. So, it took a really long time before he told his parents that he knew.

    [*] Whoops, spoiler alert!

  6. Cidu Bill Dec 11th 2017 at 08:13 pm 6

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    I find that completely believable, since I have a kid who didn’t tell us he knew how to read because he figured that would be the end of getting read to.

  7. Seth Dec 11th 2017 at 08:44 pm 7

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    It’s entirely possible that “a wish list for Santa Claus” is used as a figure of speech meaning more literally “a list of presents you’d like for Christmas”.

  8. Greybeard Dec 11th 2017 at 08:49 pm 8

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    Then there’s my daughter, who came home from first grade and TOLD us there was no Santa Claus. “Um, why do you say that, honey?” “Because all the books about him in the school library are in the Fiction section”.

    Kinda hard to argue with that…

  9. Ron Dec 12th 2017 at 01:19 am 9

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    Yeah, but that evil “Elf on a Shelf” will still report on him.

  10. CaroZ Dec 12th 2017 at 02:44 am 10

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    Are the dark green discs (?) in the box a coloring error? Should they be loops of wire Christmas lights?

  11. Arthur Dec 12th 2017 at 02:52 am 11

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    CaroZ, you have it right. If you look at the last panel, *one*
    of the loops of wire doesn’t have the air inside the loop
    colored green

  12. Meryl A Dec 13th 2017 at 02:45 am 12

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    I have a husband who still believes in Santa Claus. Every year I have to put out his gifts under the tree after he goes upstairs to bed so that they will be from Santa - even though Robert bought them for himself. So far he will be disappointed this year as I have not figured out anything to make or buy him as an add on surprise and the next time I get to go out alone is in January.

    Greybeard - I am highly impressed that your daughter knew the word fiction in first grade.

  13. Cidu Bill Dec 13th 2017 at 02:49 am 13

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    Greybeard, I hope somebody had a word with the school librarian: serious lapse in judgment there.

  14. Winter Wallaby Dec 13th 2017 at 12:04 pm 14

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    Bill #13: That seems difficult to know how to handle, and I’m not sure it’s a lapse in judgment. Books in the library are supposed to be organized correctly, so I would probably do the same thing as the librarian. (And hopefully have some excuse ready if kids asked about it.)

    A lot of the books are going to be things like “The Paw Patrol dogs save Christmas” or “Santa Claus and the Magic Mouse.” Is the librarian supposed to put them all in the nonfiction section, and tell kids that there really is a Paw Patrol and really are talking mice with magic powers? Or is he/she going to selectively separate the Santa Claus books into fiction and nonfiction? (”Of course there’s no such thing as talking mice, kids, but this store about the talking Reindeer with a glowing nose is totally true.”)

  15. James Pollock Dec 13th 2017 at 12:12 pm 15

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    Rather than fussing about what a librarian should do, I think its wiser to accept that kids will learn the truth, that some will learn it earlier than others, and that when a kid is ready to figure it out, they’re going to figure it out.
    Mine was one of those kids who figured out that it wasn’t in her best interest to let on what she knew, when she knew it.

  16. Christine Dec 13th 2017 at 12:19 pm 16

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    Once kids know how to read they’re going to figure out that Santa isn’t real very quickly, so why worry about the library books? (Kids books often are rather iffy on fiction vs non-fiction anyhow. A lot of the educational books are in a fictional wrapper.

  17. Cidu Bill Dec 13th 2017 at 03:17 pm 17

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    I think an elementary school library can make certain concessions rather than adhering to the letter of the law, if only for cases such as the one Greybeard mentioned.

    A Holidays shelf would make a lot of sense for many reasons.

  18. Mark in Boston Dec 13th 2017 at 10:46 pm 18

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    Greybeard, what did your daughter say when she noticed that the Library of Congress classification for the Bible, stamped on the spine of a library copy, is “BS”?

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