On Christmas day a grandmother asks her grandchild:
-Did you like Santa’s presents?
To which the child responds:
-I haven’t seen Santa’s presents, but I didn’t like mine one bit


It amuses us when a small child can produce answers that appear to come from a much older person. This joke is an example of such an occasion….or maybe it isn’t.

Let us explain: The Grandmother asks her grandchild if they liked Santa’s presents. Maybe she should have been clearer and asked if they had liked the presents that Santa Claus had brought. The child thinks she is asking if he likes the presents that Father Christmas himself had received for Christmas and, obviously, thinks they were a lot better than the ones he has received.

It could also be that the child responded in this way on purpose. Maybe they knew exactly what the question referred to, but gave their response with the idea in mind that Santa Claus, who always knows what little children are up to, was listening to him. Was it because the jolly man in the red suit had brought him a jumper instead of a remote control car? Who knows.

So, let us take this opportunity to ask for two things: firstly, that grandparents would make their questions clearer and, secondly, that Santa Claus would pay more attention to the Christmas lists that are sent to him.


Una abuela le pregunta a su nieto el día de Navidad:
-¿Te han gustado los regalos de Papá Noel?
A lo que responde el niño
- Los regalos de Papá Noel no los he visto, pero los míos no me han gustado nada.


Nos parece gracioso que un niño pequeño tenga respuestas que pueden parecer “de señor mayor”. Este chiste es una prueba de ello… o quizá no.

Nos explicamos: la abuela pregunta a su nieto si le han gustado los regalos de Papá Noel. Quizá debería haber sido más clara y haber preguntado si le habían gustado los regalos que Papá Noel le había traído. El niño cree que se le pregunta por los regalos que el mismísimo Papá Noel ha recibido en Navidad y, claro, piensa que son mejores que los que él ha recibido.

Aunque también puede ser que el niño haya respondido así aposta. A lo mejor sabe a qué se refiere la pregunta, pero lanza su respuesta con la idea de que Papá Noel, que siempre sabe qué hacen los niños, le escuche. ¿Será porque el anciano de rojo le ha traído un jersey en lugar de un coche teledirigido? No lo sabemos.

Así que vamos a aprovechar para pedir dos cosas: primero a las abuelas, para que hagan preguntas claras y, segundo, a Papá Noel para que haga caso de las cartas que se le mandan.

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