The truth about Santa Claus: Your kids need to know!

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It's time for some straight talk on Santa Claus.

Someday your kids will surely thank you for laying it all on the table.

The challenge of confronting "the truth about Santa" gives many parents fits of anxiety. But there's no real foolproof method for talking about the reality of Kris Kringle and his magical toy workshop at the North Pole.

According to "The good news is that there is no one right way to tell your kids the truth about Santa. Santa can be whatever you want him to be and whatever works best for your family. The magic of Santa is boundless!"

It's pretty solid advice. But there's a lot more to it than that.

Kids are curious by nature - and especially curious about Santa Claus. Early childhood is a magical time when anything is possible, and the natural curiosity around Santa almost never approaches the existential question until most kids have a lot of Christmases under their belt.

As a parent, you want to keep that going! And as long as possible. The innocence and wonder of a child waiting for Santa is one of the greatest experiences a parent can have. It's wonderful for the kids, and even better for mom and dad with all of the joy that Christmas brings to the household. So rule #1 - there's no rush to have any kind of a "Santa talk." Let the fun and magic ride for as many years as your kids will allow.

Rule #2 is - See Rule #1!

Again - you want to keep the Santa Claus magic going as long as possible - right up through senior prom and beyond. Seriously though - there is never a good reason to initiate an existential conversation about Santa with your kids. Let them be the ones to explore and question and talk to their friends and Google the latest advice from Good Housekeeping.

Speaking of: This recent article from Good Housekeeping on talking about Santa takes the correct approach:

"Let's start with the truth: Santa Claus is real. New York Sun's newspaper reported it in 1897. There are historical records about St. Nick going all the way back to the 3rd Century. And anyone who's seen Miracle on 34th Street understands the fact that the postal system delivers letters to the North Pole proves that the federal government recognizes a Santa Claus — and that's proof that can hold up in court." - Good Housekeeping (December 8, 2020)

Nothing could be more obvious than if a child asks if Santa Claus is real: "Well of course he is!"

First of all - well, because he IS real.

Second - the complete answer is so complex and multi-layered, that a simple: "Yup. That Santa Claus sure is real alright," is as honest an answer as you can give a kid.

But again - let the kid do most of the asking and the talking. If they put it squarely to you or demand a yes or no - make sure you are ready:

"Of course Santa is real. Because Santa exists everywhere, and in all of us. He is a big part of the goodness deep down inside everyone. And because we have that goodness inside, the most amazing and magical things happen on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning everywhere around the world."

That's just one take on an answer, which turns the question back to the child for more discovery and thought on their own. There are an infinite number of ways to deliver the fundamental truth: Santa Claus is the spirit of goodness and joy and happiness, and nothing is more real than those feelings.

Rule #3 - steer away from specifics and focus on the "idea" of Santa. Always be encouraging and reinforcing, but avoid making a snap decision to speak in a concrete way or completely in black and white terms. That's not what Santa would want, and your kids won't like it either.

This HuffPost article from 2018 compiled real anecdotes from real parents on how they talked to their own kids about Santa Claus. Here are two examples od very different advice. Which house would YOU like to wake up in on Christmas Day??

Santa is someone people like to believe in for fun, like the Easter Bunny and Harry Potter. "My oldest is 9 and asked me this year if Santa was real. I told him Santa is someone people like to believe in for fun, like the Easter Bunny and Harry Potter. In our house we imagine and play pretend often so it was easy for him to understand. Told him it’s mostly for the little kids and makes the holiday fun.” ― Huffington Post - December 7, 2018
He lives in the thoughts and the hearts of everyone who does something selfless for another person. “I told my children Santa is real, but not in the way that we think of as real. He lives in the thoughts and the hearts of everyone who does something selfless for another person. With that act, they become the essence of what we know to be Santa. My kids are in their 20s now and if you ask them, they will proudly say they believe in Santa.” ― Huffington Post - December 7, 2018

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