Talking to Your Kids About Santa Claus

I Believe shirtMy 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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  1 comment for “Talking to Your Kids About Santa Claus

  1. Patt
    November 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I too had older and younger children and did not want the older to tell the younger ones so I did much like you and told them that St. Nick did what he did in secret so no one could “repay” him for what he did. I told them this is the true spirit of giving—expecting nothing in return—just trying to bring joy to the other person. They would then be “Santa” to one of the younger children. When they were all older we did our “Santa” gift to someone—they had to do something for someone and do it in a way not to be found out. They could not tell until the next Christmas what they did and then would pick another gift to give to someone. One thing they did–and several worked together on this—was to take the paper up to the door and put it on a chair for some elderly neighbors. They did this for 11 months before one of them got up very early and peeked out the window until they saw who did it. They continued to do it for several years later but not as their “santa” gift. They all learned the joy of giving and still continue to do things for people today whenever they see a way they can help.

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