Building the Santa story, one tracker and shelf-elf at a time
This Christmas Eve, I find myself struggling with how much to feed the story of Santa.

I mean, we've told our 4-year-old that Santa is bring him a gift, and he visited with him and got his picture taken. He remembers last year that we put out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer and asked to do that again.

But technology is adding a new aspect to the story -- NORAD is tracking Santa in real time -- with videos! Google has a Santa tracker, too! You can create a personalized video from Santa with apps like Portable North Pole!

Don’t even get me started on the extra mythology of the Elf on the Shelf. I don’t have the energy to create that magic.

I think part of my issue is that Isaac can be quite a logician, and I do not have a good poker face. So if he starts poking holes in the story -- "That Santa doesn't look like the one I visited!" "How could he possibly get around that fast?" -- I might not come up with satisfactory answers fast enough.

The lack of a poker face runs in my family. In second grade, I was at a new school, and one of the kids in my class told me about Santa on a Friday afternoon. After school, my dad picked me up for the weekend, and I asked him point blank, and my dad didn't have a good answer.

He rallied, though. That Christmas, I don't remember all the details, but we had gone to my grandparents' house for the evening, and all the family was over there. Somehow, still, when we got back to my dad's house, Santa had come! With that, I was back in for at least another year or two. (I eventually busted the Easter Bunny on handwriting alone.)

But I remember buying back into the magic, and how fun it all was, and I surely don't want to rob my little guys of that, either. So I remain conflicted. For now, I think I’ll keep it vague, and I'll bring out the technological evidence if needed.

How do you manage the story of Santa?