I’m (hopefully) far away from having difficult conversations with my two boys. It’s one of the things I worry about as a parent; having my children grow and ask the tough questions. I want to be honest with them and I want them to be honest with me. I know the Santa lie isn’t the biggest conversation I’m going to have with my boys but that’s what we are going to discuss today; seeing as how it’s 3 days from Christmas and all.
So I was perusing UpWorthy last night and found this great article about how to break the news of Santa to your kids when they are older. Whether they ask about Santa because some of the other kids at school have spilled the beans or they are just too smart for their own good we are going to have to tell them eventually.
The gist of the article said to let them in on the “secret” that they now get to be a Santa. You take them out somewhere special and make sure it’s just the two (or three) of you. Tell them how proud you are of them and how much they’ve grown in the past year. Choose a situation specifically that made you especially proud of them. Then explain to them how the idea of Santa is a concept of gift giving to make someone else happy. Next they get to pick someone to give a gift to but it has to be a secret, because that’s how Santa works. Help them pick someone they find deserving, make sure they pick out a gift that person really wants, could use, or find very special. And finally, make sure they can get it to said person in secret.
I thought it was a great way to break the news that Santa is not a real person but an idea. I also think it is a great way to keep the spirit of Christmas in their hearts.
Let’s just hope I can remember this 5 years down the road. God, saying that makes me so sad. I can’t believe our baby boy will not believe in Santa in such a short amount of time, maybe even sooner. Okay, enough with the sad thoughts.
What do you guys think about this idea? What have you done or what do you plan to do when the dreaded question comes up?
You can read the full UpWorthy article here: There’s a brilliant, heartfelt way to tell you kids the truth about Santa. Take Notes.