Mannu’s first tooth fell during the the time we were packing up for our departure. We kept a Rs.10 note and she was on cloud nine to see that. Her second tooth fell when in Kolkata and she got another 10 rupees note. Tammu’s tooth didn’t fall for quite a long time. Her first one fell just a couple of months back and now we were in a dilemma if Mannu would be sad about having received in Indian rupees while her sister would get Australian dollars (although they have no clue about the conversion rates). Abbas came up with an idea of giving them the Indian currency notes that we had brought with us. Tammu received 100 Rs. (as we had run out of 10 Rs. Notes :-P) Mantam asked howcome their friends receive gold coins from tooth fairy and they received Indian rupees? Abbas told that Indian tooth fairy had visited them 😀
We have been celebrating Christmas from last 4 years and I used to just keep one present each for them every year of my choice. As they never were told anything about making a wishlist at school. This year, their teacher made asked them to write a letter to Santa with three things that they wished for. We were asked to send an envelope if we wished the child to get a reply from Santa. This was an initiative by Australia Post. The school would submit the letters from kids to AusPost and they would mail the reply from Santa to the kids’ address. Mantam had a valid question about why we had to write our address and submit the envelope separately? Their logic was that if Santa can deliver presents by himself, why did he need the address for writing letters? I came up with a counter logic that Santa knows that all kids want presents but he wasn’t sure how many kids wanted to receive letters from him. Also since he must be busy with packing and sorting presents, he would give the letters to postman for delivering them. They were convinced 😀
In the daycare, a few elder kids told them that there was no Santa and it was the parents who hid presents under the tree. They asked me if it was true. I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t like lying to them but I didn’t have the heart to disappoint them. I thought they were already compelled to be mature earlier than their peers due to the circumstances; I wanted them to enjoy this magic of innocence atleast. I told them that it was upto each one of us to believe in Santa or not. Tammu told that we must keep food at night and see if it was eaten by Santa in the morning. That could prove if Santa existed or not. Fortunately, within a couple of days they received the reply from Santa and they were so happy and never had slightest of doubt about Santa’s existence.
PS: I was touched when Tammu said “Mumma, we must also keep a present for Santa under the tree. He delivers presents to everyone. Who will give him presents?”
I will write a separate post on how we celebrated Christmas. Here are the pics of the letters: