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Gabrielle Union chatted with Tamron Hall for OprahMag.com about a variety of topics, including embracing motherhood and raising children.
The actress asked Hall, who welcomed her son, Moses, in April, if she felt the way in which she was brought up would impact her parenting style, because it had been the case in her own family.
Union and husband Dwyane Wade share four children: 10-month-old Kaavia James Union Wade, and three sons from Wade’s previous relationships: Xavier Zechariah, 5, Zion Malachi Airamis, 12, and Zaire Blessing Dwyane, 17.
“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,'” she explained. “Because he didn’t grow up believing in Santa Claus.”
“And 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 continued.
Hall seemed to understand the sentiment and responded, “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?'”
“Some families might not even realize this is a thing. So we want all perspectives,” she continued. “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 said discussions such as these are what she hopes to highlight on her new daytime talk show, Tamron Hall Show, which airs weekdays on ABC.
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