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My mother won't let me pretend Father Christmas is real for my 9yo

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DianaMitford Sat 24-Dec-16 23:22:21

I've just been roundly laughed at, ridiculed and outwardly been eye rolling and complaining about the fact that I'm trying to make sure my 9yo, nearly 10yo, enjoys her last Christmas believing in FC. My dd has been talking all year about footprints (in flour) on Christmas Eve and my dm has forbidden it this year. A slight sprinkling of flour that means fuck all to them and the world to me and my dd.

Redcrayons Sat 24-Dec-16 23:23:37

cant you just do it anyway?

Deadsouls Sat 24-Dec-16 23:24:21

Why forbidden'? Are you staying at their house?

travailtotravel Sat 24-Dec-16 23:24:40

Just do it. You don't need their permission.

Oldbutstillgotit Sat 24-Dec-16 23:25:02

Forbidden it ? Are you in your own house ?

Crumbs1 Sat 24-Dec-16 23:25:53

What on earth has it got to do with your mother?

cees Sat 24-Dec-16 23:27:59

Don't let your mother dictate, this is important to you and your daughter so do it and be firm. She has no right to spoil it.

Patriciathestripper1 Sat 24-Dec-16 23:29:01

Your daughter, your call.
Don't let naysayers fuck it up for you.
Flour will clean up in seconds so tell them all to put up and shut up.

steff13 Sat 24-Dec-16 23:42:25

If it's your house, so whatever you want. Santa Claus doesn't leave footprints at my house, though. It's possible to believe without flour footprints. How do you explain the flour getting spilled on the floor?

awayinamazda Sat 24-Dec-16 23:46:16

Tell her it will be your way, be firm, and warn her that u will be furious if she messes with ur daughter's belief in any way. Ur your DDs mum, and ur in charge, ur mother is overstepping the mark!

MrsPeppapig Sat 24-Dec-16 23:48:34

Wow, your mother sounds lovely hmm

sj257 Sat 24-Dec-16 23:48:54

I think flour footprints would make my 10 year old think he isn't real. There's no snow, and she knows the difference between snow and flour anyway! She's very excited but also seems more dubious this year...

CannotEvenDeal Sat 24-Dec-16 23:51:45

I just did footprints for dss for the first time and an ridiculously excited... and he's 12 fgrin

He knows that Santa isn't real but likes the idea of two sets of presents

I recommend the Neutradol Christmas Pine set with a footprint template from Poundland!

PipersPiping Sat 24-Dec-16 23:52:18

We've never done the footprints but if you want to then you do it. They don't believe for long enough fsmile

DianaMitford Sat 24-Dec-16 23:52:42

Sorry, we're staying in their house. That's why it's relevant.
I'm sure I'm being ridiculous but I'm so gutted for dd. How bloody difficult is it to vacuum up some flour???

Gooseygoosey12345 Sat 24-Dec-16 23:53:20

Your mother sounds like a miserable old cow. She'd have gotten s right mouthful from me!

notangelinajolie Sat 24-Dec-16 23:53:35

Your house, your rules. Keep the Santa thing going if you want to and ignore her.

My kids are grown up and only the youngest is still at home but Santa still has time to throw a few presents down our chimney.

CannotEvenDeal Sat 24-Dec-16 23:55:06

Use shake n vac- dual purpose! That was my thinking anyway fwink

crje Sat 24-Dec-16 23:55:44

Do a soot footprint instead, more believable.(unless it's a carpet floor)

LiviaDrusillaAugusta Sat 24-Dec-16 23:56:36

It's their house so unfortunately you have to suck it up.

notangelinajolie Sat 24-Dec-16 23:56:39

Cross posted. Just read it isn't your house - maybe not the flour thing then. I'm not sure I'd like flour on my floor either. How about a bit of talcum powder? Smells nicer too fsmile

Ohyesiam Sat 24-Dec-16 23:57:17

Can't imagine your 9 year old believes anyway, or Just for you. 9 hear olds know large mammals can't fly, understand about space and time, ie delivering to the whole world in one night, and also know that toys come from toy shops.
So shell probably be ok with no flour footprints.

awayinamazda Sat 24-Dec-16 23:57:23

She sounds awful OP - why would she do d it funny to stop u doing something nice for ur DD :-(.

awayinamazda Sat 24-Dec-16 23:58:14

I meant 'why would she find it funny'

DoosyFartlek Sat 24-Dec-16 23:58:33

Mean spirited!

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