Sarah and her 13-year-old sister had been fighting a lot. This happens when you combine a headstrong two-year-old with a young adolescent.
Sarah’s parents, trying to take advantage of her newfound interest in Santa Claus, reminded the two-year-old that Santa was watching and doesn’t like it when children fight. However, this had little impact.
“I’ll just have to tell Santa about your misbehaviour,” the mother said as she picked up the phone and dialled. Sarah’s eyes grew big as her mother asked “Mrs Claus” (really Sarah’s aunt) if she could put Santa on the line. Sarah’s mouth dropped open as her mum described to Santa (really Sarah’s uncle) how the two-year-old was acting. When her mum then said that Santa wanted to talk to her, she reluctantly took the phone.
Santa, in a deepened voice, explained to her how there would be no presents Christmas morning for children who fought with their sisters. He would be watching, and he expected things to be better from now on.
Sarah, now even more wide eyed, solemnly nodded to each of Santa’s remarks and silently hung up the phone when he was done. After a long moment, her mum, who at this point was holding in her chuckles at being so clever, asked Sarah, “What did Santa say to you, dear?”
In almost a whisper, Sarah sadly but matter-of-factly stated, “Unfortunately, Santa said he won’t be bringing toys to my sister this year.”