Look, I’ll admit that I’ve thrown around an idle threat or two in my time. The old, “Santa is always watching you” and “If you don’t behave, you’ll get a lump of coal in your stocking for Christmas” that kind of thing, but honestly, show me a parent who hasn’t used the omnipresence of Santa as currency and I’ll show you a stable economy.
I have always known however, that it was nothing more than an empty threat. Not one I’d seriously ever follow through with, especially when I love Christmas as much as they do.
I’ve even gone so far as to pretend I’m calling Santa’s secret phone number to have a chat when shit got particularly out of hand. So yes, even though I’ll freely admit I’ve used Santa to help me with a few empty threats to get the kids to sleep by 9pm, I’m not sure I’ve got what it takes to do what this mother of three in the UK did.
Fed up with them being ever mischievous, she typed a letter, signed by Santa, who told them he wasn’t coming if they didn’t stop misbehaving. She then left it in her son’s stocking for him to find in the morning and read. And look, in one way, this could be considered genius. The one thing that I do find quite unsettling however is how she filmed her children’s reaction and then shared that video with the world.
Clearly distressed, her young son, Tyler read the following out to his little sister Freya: