The girls are at that transition age when princesses and stuffed animals are on the way out, as are other childhood fantasies. We see notice this more and more during the Christmas season.
Even though several children have told them that there is no Santa Claus (GASP), the girls refuse to believe them. The brunette twin has started questioning things that she didn't last year. When we watched the classic show "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," the brunette twin spent a lot of time saying, "Is that true?" She also asks a lot of logistics questions concerning Santa. She needs to know how he gets down the chimney since we have a glass enclosure instead of standard, opening fireplace doors. She alternates between questioning Santa's existence and defending him.
The girls are already moving beyond princesses and fairy tales. They started waivering on the princesses around Halloween. The blond twin was so excited to be Belle for Halloween until the day she came home from school in tears. The other girls made fun of her costume by saying, "Princesses are for babies." The blond twin came home just so sad about her costume. Since then, the girls have gone back and forth about whether or not princesses are for babies.
Now we're questioning everything magical about Christmas. It's a downward slope from here. First we question it, then we start putting all the pieces together, then we're out of the little girl innocence and into the tween years.
I see where this is going and I don't like it.