New Jersey fashion publicist, mommy and ‘enthusiast of all things pretty’ Lisa Simek, above, compelled a school to apologise for introducing doubt into young minds after a substitute teacher told first grade students that Santa Claus isn’t real.
The storm in a mulled wine cup was unleashed when, in a Facebook post last week Simek prayed:
For a Christmas Magic miracle to keep these kids believers for as long as possible.
She revealed that the teacher had gone beyond rubbishing the idea of Santa. She had also dismissed as fantasies flying reindeer, the Easter bunny, elves and the tooth fairy.
An outraged Simek wrote:
A grown woman tried to crush our six-year-old‘s spirit, along with the spirits of the other 22 kids. Many of us parents have been doing damage control since the kids get home from school today.
In a letter to parents, Cedar Hill School Principal Michael Raj, in Montville, said that once he became aware of the situation, he “immediately” spoke to the substitute teacher about:
Her poor judgment … I am sending this letter so that you are aware of the situation and if the conversation comes up at home over the next few days you can take appropriate steps to maintain the childhood innocence of the holiday season.
He then apologised to parents, saying as a parent himself, he is “truly aware of the sensitive nature” of the announcement.
Montville Schools Superintendent Rene Rovtar issued a statement saying she was “troubled” and “disheartened” by the incident.
The childhood wonder associated with all holidays and traditions is something I personally hold near and dear in my own heart.
Administrators didn’t release the teacher’s name and haven’t said if she would continue to teach in the district.
And speaking of Christmas fantasies, only because I happen to be a Kurt Russell fan did I curl up on the sofa at the weekend to watch him play a real bad-ass Santa in Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles – and I loved it, mainly for the reasons set out by Dead Guy:
So….I’ve just had an experience I won’t forget for a while. I think I just saw the weirdest Christmas movie of the year. It’s called Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell as Santa. And oh boy is it a ride.
Half the movie is your typical kids Christmas movie about believing in the season, and the other half is just batshit insanity.
Some things I’ve seen:
• Santa inferring that both world wars started because he didn’t deliver the presents on time that year.
• Santa stealing a car with the help of a teen and young child and leading the cops on a chase through Chicago
• Santa being thrown in prison
• Santa partying with prostitutes
• A weird musical number in the style of jailhouse rock that comes out of nowhere and is never mentioned again.
• A little girl being thrown into a fire in Santa’s gift sac [sic] by an organized crime group.
• Creepy as fuck elves almost cutting the teen’s nuts off with a chainsaw.
Something tells me this movie won’t be on on the Simek family’s yuletide watch list this year … or any other.