Friends with school-aged kids have told me that Santa is worth milking for all he is worth. Apparently nothing gets your toddler to behave like the threat that Santa is always watching and may decide at the drop of a hat to cancel Christmas at your house. For a generous man kids seem to believe he is also quite judgey.
(When you think about it, it sends a pretty bad message - generosity comes with conditions and all that. Best not to think about it then!)
But I have just been let in on another secret -- Santa also takes stuff away!
One family I know is spreading the word that Santa is collecting dummies this year. They plan to make a big deal of leaving the dummies under the tree and the ever-helpful North Polian will whisk them away.
At another house he is collecting bottles (not the beer kind) and I'm now sure that he is collecting all manner of objects across the country.
Stickybeak is a little too young to try this on this year but I will be keeping this knowledge up my sleeve for next year!
And for those families giving it a go I really hope the solution is as easy at it sounds otherwise it could be a traumatic Chrissy. The family removing the dummies are actually throwing them away so the parents can't cave in -- a brave move indeed. My fingers are crossed.
And I'm wishing you all a very merry Christmas -- you might have a sleepless night ahead but those smiles will be worth it in the morning!