“Mama, is Santa Claus coming to town?”
“Oh yes, my dear.”
Then the kids will start asking series of questions, like,
“How does Santa have time to deliver presents all around the world in one night?”
“How could Santa fit down the chimney?”
“How does Santa get into houses that don’t have a chimney?”
“My friend said that Santa isn’t real, is that true?”
As our funny dialogue with the kids begins, we make up the answers according to our own imagination. Yet, there is one interesting fact find about Santa Claus.
We are familiar with the famous Christmas song lyrics “Santa Claus is comin’ to town.” Why didn’t the lyric say Santa Claus is comin’ to our house?
If Santa Claus is coming to your house directly (even out of good intention), he could commit the act of trespassing, which is an offence under both tort and criminal law. Trespass, in law, refers to the act of knowingly entering another person’s property without permission.
If Santa Claus is coming to your house directly (even out of good intention), he could commit the act of trespassing, which is an offence under both tort and criminal law.
To receive the presents without putting our dear Santa into jail, the crucial part is to give Santa Claus the permission to enter. By hanging a Christmas stocking by the bed, you are giving an explicit invitation to Santa Claus, therefore waiving Santa’s legal liability.
So next time when the kids ask, “Why hanging a giant stocking?” Other than storing the presents, you can teach them a little bit of legal wit, which is also a fantastic way to make us look smart in front of our kids. Wink!
Hope you enjoy the read. No matter Santa Claus is coming or not, let’s keep the ball kicking and pass this legendary figure to our future generations.