I feel that as soon as he asks outright, we should tell him from now on, but until that happens, my lips are sealed and I'm a happy woman.
There hasn't been too many expressions of doubt from Tony and I thought we were in the clear as December approached. Tony's class even wrote and posted letters to Santa (for those who wanted to). Tony asked me for a stamp to take to school so I knew he had written one.
A couple of days later, I got a message from a friend who works at Tony's school and whose son is Tony's best friend. She thankfully gets the inside scoop and gave me the heads up about some rather important information regarding Tony's letter to Santa.
Tony had asked Santa to ring a bell when he comes on Christmaa Eve to let him know he was real. His plan was to not tell his Mum and Dad, so that he could use this to test Santa's validity by whether or not there was a bell rung or not.
Sneaky sneaky boy!!
Thanks to the heads up we received, we were able to make a plan to keep the magic alive at least another year.
Come Christmas morning, the boys awoke and we all gathered together to open our gifts. Tony did not mention not hearing a bell at all.
One of his last gifts was small and we eagerly watched him unwrap a red bell and a letter from Santa. The letter explained that Santa didn't want to wake him at night when he came, so instead he wanted to give him a bell to hang on his door to remind Tony of him.
Tony was so thrilled and then told us that he and an older boy were debating the existance of Santa and when Tony said he believed in Santa, the boy asked him to prove it. Tony came up with this bell plan to put it all to the test and said he couldn't wait to tell his class mate what had happened.
I know the time will come soon where the truth will be discovered, it's all part of growing up. But until then, I love that my children have such belief in human goodness. They accept that someone would make toys for children they have no relation to and spend every day of every year working to bring joy to others with no request for anything in return. Acceptance of such a concept in the world we live in is magical in itself.
I know our Santa days are numbered for Tony, but at least for now, there is a bell hanging on Tony's door :)