Why Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Forgo This Christmas Tradition

Over the next few months, children across the nation will be daydreaming about the gifts they’ll receive from Santa Claus on Christmas Day. Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union’s kids don’t believe in Santa, though. Why? According to Union, it’s because her husband won’t let them believe in Santa Claus — and his reasoning behind this speaks to a much larger issue.

Union shares daughter Kaavia with Wade, who is also the father of three sons from previous relationships, and adopted his nephew in 2011. The actress opened up about this during a recent interview with talk show host Tamron Hall.

“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,’ ” Union tells Hall during the interview, which runs in O, The Oprah Magazine. “Because he didn’t grow up believing in Santa Claus. 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.’ ” You can’t argue with that, and there’s nothing wrong with a little reality earlier in life from time to time.

Hall couldn’t agree more, responding, “100 percent,” to Union in the magazine interview. “Modern parenting is especially difficult for parents of color — we have to talk about not only, ‘Are we gonna say Santa exists,’ but also, ‘Is Santa Black?’ Again, this is exactly the conversation that we want to have on the show, because some families might not even realize this is a thing. So we want all perspectives. 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? It might sound small, but these are the everyday things we’re thinking about.”

Hall’s syndicated daytime talk show, “Tamron Hall,” began today. Anyone else adding it to your DVR right now?

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