How to Explain Santa Claus to a Child

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Santa Claus is considered a myth or fairy tale made up by adults to keep their children in line. The idea that Santa Claus can see them and know whether they are good or bad, help parents enforce good behavior especially around the Christmas season. Explaining Santa Claus to a child is easy if you know what to tell them.

  • Tell the truth about Santa Claus. If you incorporate yourself into the equation, you are then telling your children the truth about Santa Claus. When your children are small, you may want them to know that Santa Claus talks to you about their behavior (rather than have them believe that Santa can see and know all).

  • Be careful not to get caught in the act, but if you do, be prepared with an explanation. If your children realize that you are wrapping their gifts, you can always explain that Santa Claus doesn't have time to wrap all the gifts for every boy and girl, therefore he enlists the help of the parents to wrap the gifts for their children.

  • Mail that letter that your children wrote to Santa Claus. They do get responses and they give you an opportunity to check the list and see that you got at least some of the items that they have asked for.

  • Arrange for them to see Santa Claus at the mall or local department store. Explain that the reason there are so many Santas is because Santa hires helpers because he can't be everywhere at once.

  • Leave carrots for the reindeer and cookies and milk for Santa Claus Christmas eve. After the kids are in bed and asleep eat them yourself. You are Santa Claus and his reindeer and whatever else your children believe. You don't need to disillusion your child because the truth is that Santa Claus happens to be everyone who cares about the her.

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