Last night, on our way home from the church after delivering dinner to Shane(he's now the ward clerk and had to stay with the Bishop for Tithing settlement appointments), Braden surprised me and insisted that "I tricked him" and that Santa wasn't real afterall.
Braden: "Mom, I need to tell you something. I found something under your bed. You tricked me"(shaking his head with a half smile on his face).
"Oh really. What did you find under my bed honey."
Braden: "Just let me show you as soon as we get home. I don't want to talk about this right now.......Mom, I can't believe this. You tricked me."
Mom: "Tricked you? I don't know what you are talking about. You can tell me now if you'd like... I really want to know what it is you found under my bed" (shooting off a text message to Shane-- "Oh no, Braden found the special wrapping paper from santa and he keeps saying "U tricked me." help! what do i tell him"
Braden: "Mom, just let me show you when we get home."
Shane's text back: Tell him, "Santa left it behind because we were the last house and rudolf was too tired to carry all the extra paper home. Santa said he will be back next year and will pick it up then"
Mom:(hmmm, not sure he's going to fall for that line)
"Hey Braden, when we get home, let's make popcorn and watch one of the Book of Mormon story movies! What do you say?"
Braden: "Oh YES! I love Popcorn. I know exactly where it is too. I will get it for you when we get home. And, I know which Book of Mormon story I want to watch. When the Savior comes to America!!"
Mom: "Sound good to you Kyle?
Mom: "Ok, but we have to clean up your toys in the front room first. Will you do that for me?"
Mom: "Thanks" (whew, that was a close call).
Later that night before bed Braden comes in my room...
Braden: "Mom, let me show you what I found under your bed"
Mom: (DANG! He remembered).
"Sure honey. What is it?"
Braden: See, this wrapping paper, is from Santa but it's under your bed. (hand on hip)
Mom: Oh, I didn't know that was there? Wow, that was so nice of Santa to leave some of his wrapping paper behind for me to use next year. We must have been his last stop for the night. Afterall, remember how late you guys were up on Christmas Eve?"
Braden: (surprised and happy) "Ohhhhhhhhh! Ok that makes a lot of sense. This is great news."
Mom: "Yeah, (stooping down to see if there was anymore paper), infact, I remember a few times growing up when Santa left behind extra paper for Grandma K because we were his last stop. She was so grateful. Look at all this paper! He left a few rolls behind for us! How nice of him. Thanks for pointing this out to me!
Braden: "YES! I'm so glad we figured this out. It's all making sense now. Let's go show daddy!!"
I can't believe that he would even question if Santa is real?!