Ds1 is quite obsessed with Thomas the Train, and is constantly asking to go to the Island of Sodor. I have tried doing the whole pretend our backyard is Sodor and the such, and while he enjoys that, he will then say, okay, can we go to the real Island of Sodor now?
I have tried explaining that it's not a real place, that it's pretend, but he keeps insisting that it's real and wants to go there. This has been going on for months. Just this morning he kept saying that he wants to meet James.
To make it even more confusing for him, last year we went to a Thomas's Day Out railroad day. Basically a big steam train with one of the cars decorated to look like Thomas. We are going again this year. He gets so excited about this, but then we tell him it's not real. I'm just not sure if I should be going along with the fantasy that it's real, and if so, how to explain why we can't go there. Or do I be the party pooper and keep insisting that it's only pretend?
As far as other imaginary things go, we were kind of half hearted about Santa and the Easter Bunny this year. I love the magic of it, and remember it so fondly as a kid, but it felt really weird telling ds that Santa was coming down our fireplace and leaving presents. I had a hard time actually getting the words out.
Aaah, I don't know what to say to him. I don't want to ruin the magic of the fantasy for him, but I don't want to answer his many questions with elaborate lies either.