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Day off school to see Santa?

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MrsPiddlewink Tue 11-Nov-14 15:43:16

We've left it too late again - hearts set on a particular place this year. The only slots they have left are during the last week of term. Would I be unreasonable to give them a day off? They are 8 and 5.

MrsPiddlewink Tue 11-Nov-14 15:44:46

Also - what are the chances of being fined/how much is the fine?

maybe they'll be poorly

Contraryish Tue 11-Nov-14 15:45:27

Yes, you would be unreasonable but no you will not get fined.

TravelinColour Tue 11-Nov-14 15:46:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

1hamwich4 Tue 11-Nov-14 15:46:50

Don't they already get Christmas off? How much more Santa do they need, really?

MrsPiddlewink Tue 11-Nov-14 15:47:50

Last week of term though? They just watch DVDs and stick glitter to card...

nochangewanted Tue 11-Nov-14 15:49:02

I can't think of a worse place to ask this question...

Grabs popcorn brew

EatDessertFirst Tue 11-Nov-14 15:49:24

Not exactly exceptional circumstances is it? YABU. Plan it better if you have form for this.

SilentAllTheseYears Tue 11-Nov-14 15:49:59

YABU, but I expect you already know that.
Here, have a tin hat....

MoHintawnFein Tue 11-Nov-14 15:50:08

Not a bit unreasonable - go and enjoy it and bah humbug to those who say it IS unreasonable to take ONE day off to go see Santa. It's a short period of time in a lifetime when seeing Santa is a highlight!! Make the most of it.

Ericaequites Tue 11-Nov-14 15:51:17

No, as visiting Santa at a busy shop full of germs is a pointless activity. People are ridiculous about child protection and stranger danger, but it's alright to sit inSanta's lap and pretend he sneaks in to leave presents.

Iggi999 Tue 11-Nov-14 15:51:20

Maybe Santa will tell them they're getting coal as they have skived school.

MrsPiddlewink Tue 11-Nov-14 15:51:59

EatDessert - it was a cash flow problem rather than poor planning that meant we haven't been able to book earlier. But I get your point.

1hamwich4 Tue 11-Nov-14 15:52:04

Well when I was at school the glitter and pissing about was one of the things I liked about Christmas. Nice build up, with all my mates. Carol concerts. All the foil decorations you could shake a stick at.

More seriously in your place I'd think I would be setting an unhelpful precedent for DD to use on future occasions when I didn't want to take her out. Thin end of the wedge.

Sunna Tue 11-Nov-14 15:52:36

YABU - if it was that important you'd have booked in time.

MrsPiddlewink Tue 11-Nov-14 15:52:53

It's Longleat - not a shop.

CurlyWurlyCake Tue 11-Nov-14 15:54:00

Do it.

Go and have fun.

ShatnersBassoon Tue 11-Nov-14 15:54:21

The week running up to Christmas in schools is brilliant fun. Choose a different grotto, then nobody feels torn, or misses out on anything or has to lie.

MrsPiddlewink Tue 11-Nov-14 15:54:32

Was thinking to overcome that, 1hamwich4, I'll just tell them it's Sunday grin

MrsPiddlewink Tue 11-Nov-14 15:55:25

"The week running up to Christmas in schools is brilliant fun"

They'll still get 4 days of that though...

1hamwich4 Tue 11-Nov-14 15:56:34

I'd just do it next year. Save the cash now. If it's that short, you're better off saving it anyway.

No matter how fantastic you think something will be, children always have a knack of be completely unimpressed with the bits that make something expensive, and totally blissed out by a really trivial part that you could have got for tuppence ha'penny.

ShatnersBassoon Tue 11-Nov-14 15:56:54

Yes, I know. Go to a different grotto at the weekend and they get more of the fun stuff and don't have to lie to their teacher.

IsItMeOr Tue 11-Nov-14 15:58:04


I don't think I'd get away with telling my 5yo that a weekend had an extra day in it. Surely your 8yo wouldn't fall for that?

MrsPiddlewink Tue 11-Nov-14 15:59:02

Not short of cash - was just tied up temporarily!

Thing is with next year - DS1 already asking 'questions' and I think this may be the last year that they all believe sad

littlemslazybones Tue 11-Nov-14 15:59:12

Yes it's unreasonable. Go and do it anyway though, life is short.

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