'Tis the season to be jolly . . . and to defend your choices as a parent all season long. Whether it's your great aunt reminding you that, in her day, children didn't need toys with batteries or someone telling you that your Christmas lights are going to give your baby lead poisoning, it's easy to feel like you're being attacked during the most wonderful time of the year. Especially if you take your kids to visit Santa. If you've never needed to learn how to deal with comments about letting your kid sit on Santa's lap, consider yourself lucky. And then prepare, because it's only a matter of time.
I hate to sound so bah humbug about this, because Christmas is a magical time of the year, especially when you have children. But it seems like everybody is ready to ruin it at any moment. OK, so maybe they think they're being helpful when they tell you that putting your child on Santa's lap perpetuates rape culture, but I disagree.
Because I'm assuming you aren't putting your child in harm's way. I'm assuming here that the Santa you're going to visit isn't hanging out in a back alley offering $20 to let your child sit on his lap. I'm . . . assuming a lot of things, to be honest.
But no matter if your kid is super pumped to see Santa or a little nervous, you're bound to hear some comments about putting your child on the jolly guy's lap. So prepare yourself and know how to deal with the comments so you can keep the spirit alive for Christmas. (And so you don't drink a whole carton of rum with a side of eggnog later.)