My son finally came to me and asked about Santa Claus. I had been preparing for the question for almost three years, but it still made me a little sad to know this magical part of his childhood was coming to an end. My greatest fear was that he would turn around and tell his little sister, who is only in kindergarten. That is just what I did when my older brother told me about Santa, and my sister has never quite forgiven me. (Perhaps that’s why I now sell printable Santa letter templates – to keep Santa’s magic alive for other little children and pay penance for my earlier misdeed! )
Fortunately, I knew just what I wanted to say to my son about the legend of Santa Claus.
I told him that Santa was a real man who lived in the fourth century and was known for his kindness and generosity, especially to children. Nicholas was such a good person that he has inspired millions of people for thousands of years to continue bringing joy to children. How many other people in history have had such an impact?
I told my son that he’s now part of the secret society of people who safeguard Santa’s secret and are charged with continuing his legacy. He was excited to become part of this “adult” group, and now wants to make sure his little sister continues to believe in Santa as long as possible.
I’m sad to see this chapter of my son’s childhood coming to an end, but I’m glad he understands and magic that Santa inspires and is anxious to keep it alive for his sister.
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