Telling Children about Santa Claus
November 22, 2006 11:40am CST
I was wondering how you guys explain the concept of Santa Claus (and the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, etc) to your kids. Do you tell them that he lives on the north pole and rides around on reindeer on Christmas eve? Or do you tell them that he doesn't really exist, but that the symbol of Santa Claus is about joy and benevolence and goodwill, and therefore good? I'm very interested in hearing your thoughts.
22 Nov 06
It depends on the chidrens age. I live on the North Pole so I'm Santa's neighbour and I know he's real, actually all 13 Santa's :). I think it's ok to let children believe in Santa until they realize he doesn't exist for real. My son believed in him for years but he always said that he knew som of them were fake. Then he of course heard "the truth" from older friends at school but he kept pretending that he believed in Santa because he thought then he wouldn't be getting all the gifts from Santa. I read a similar discussion a few days ago from a mother who told her daughter that since she now knew that Santa wasn't real, she would from now on be her younger sisters secret Santa. That was a nice story, you should try to search for it. About the Tooth fairy, I never believed in her and she has never been a big deal in Iceland so I didn't have a problem there. Same with the Easter bunny, guess it's too cold for bunnies in Iceland during Easter :). I still believe in Santa Claus.