Bring It On star Gabrielle Union reveals some of peculiar views that husband Dwyane Wade has about mentioning Santa Claus in front of their kids.
Gabrielle Union recently interviewed Tamron Hall for Oprah and revealed how her husband disagrees with lying about Santa bringing gifts during Christmas. She said, "I'll say to my husband, ‘Let's tell the kids their Christmas gifts are from Santa.' And my husband is like, ‘There's no way in hell I'm letting these kids think that old white man is sneaking into our house and doing anything for them.'" Wade's views stem from the fact that "he didn't grow up believing in Santa Claus," and he wants to maintain that tradition with his children.
Union and Wade have a 10-month-old daughter named Kaavia James Union Wade, who was born through surrogacy because of the painful miscarriages she suffered. The basketball player is the proud father of three other kids from his previous marriage - Zaire Blessing Dwyane, 17, Zion Malachi Airamis, 12 and Xavier Zechariah, 5½, and also adopted his nephew in 2011.
The couple follows certain guidelines to develop a mature mindset for their kids. "We have these conversations when it comes to raising our children about where to draw the line between fantasy and ‘Hey, that's not how life works,' " she illustrates. Hall supports the couple's parenting style and mentioned how difficult modern parenting is for "parents of color," because they not only have to pretend Santa exsists, but also answer questions like "Is Santa Black?"
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The former Today anchor also expressed that she would like to discuss these issues on her self-titled talk show, which premieres Monday on ABC. "Something as simple as Santa Claus could cause a big debate, so why not have a conversation with real parents of all backgrounds talking about how they approach Santa Claus, and what race he is?" Hall continues. "It might sound small, but these are the everyday things we're thinking about." They also talked about parenting guilt that burdens only the moms and never affects "active, successful dads." The America's Got Talent judge said, "[Dads are] made to feel like superheroes for doing the bare minimum, while we deal with Mom Guilt."
Union and Wade aren't the only couples who want to keep it real when it comes to Santa Claus. Dax Shepherd and Kristen Bell, parents of two, made the decision last year to admit to their kids that Santa isn't real. Kelly Clarkson also mentioned during an interview that she has told her kids that parents provide Easter baskets.