How To Answer Children When They Ask If Santa Exists
Mum, Does Santa exist?
A question that every parent will have to answer at some point. How will a child react when we tell him/her the truth? Or, is it good to lie to your child when they are already thinking about that?
Do you remember the time when your parents told you that Santa isn't actually bringing presents? I don't, and I don't think most of us do...
How to tell your child that Santa doesn't exist?
Let's sit with the children and talk to them at a quiet, peaceful time. We can say that Santa is a beautiful fairy tale, which is told to make Christmas even more magical and mysterious. And that putting biscuits and milk for Santa and carrots for his reindeer on the window or on the fireplace is a nice tradition that doesn't need to be disturbed, just like decorating a Christmas tree. The children will be a little disappointed at that moment, but you can make them feel better by saying that now that they know that we are giving each other's presents, it is a good time to come up with a gift that we will give together to our father, grandfather or grandmother. We can make our own secret with the child that other relatives don't know that Santa isn't, so we'll pretend that he brought the presents, even though we know we bought them together. Children love secrets and small conspiracies and will enjoy this situation.
Ever since I was a child when I understood what this was all about, we have continued "playing this Santa game" with my loved ones where we feel that Santa still exists. For example, when my mum "inconspicuously" mentions what she would like for Christmas, I answer her to write to Santa, and what I should do about it too :) and the mysterious magic of Christmas, which I love so much, comes back.
And how did you learn that Santa doesn't exist? Do you have any good advice and tips on how you gave this news to your children? We’d love to hear from you!