Telling Your Child There Is No Santa Claus

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You take your children to the mall and there’s Santa! You take them to Wal-Mart, and there he is again! Hey, he’s at Sears too! That guy sure does get around, doesn’t he? As fast as you can do your shopping in one place, he can round up his reindeer and move to another store. When your children are old enough to put these things together and wonder just how he does that, it’s time to tell them the truth about dear old Saint Nick. And, the truth is (and I’m a grandmother so I wouldn’t lie) is that Santa Claus IS real!!

Do you remember asking your mother if you could spend the night at your best friend’s house? She answered, “yes” and then went on to add: “when you clean up your room and take out the trash.” You got the answer you were looking for but there were some “conditions.” And, so it is with Santa Claus.

Trust me, your children, when they ask if Santa Claus is real, DON’T want to hear the word “no,” and they may very well hold a grudge against you for decades for saying that word to them. What they really want to hear is “yes,” so that’s the word you use, then you add those handy little conditions onto your answer with something like this: “Yes, Isabelle, Santa Claus is VERY real, and if you put your ear up to my chest, you can actually hear him…he’s alive in my heart and has been there all my life. Parts of the stories you have heard are made up so you can have nice things to dream about when you go to sleep at night…Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer; Santa’s workshop at the North Pole; and big, fat Santa squeezing down your chimney…those are and have always been fun things to talk about, but, I’m sad to say they aren’t real. But, Santa Claus is as alive today as he was when I was a child.”

So, if you are a parent or a grandparent and you feel that the time is right to break it to your children or grandchildren that there is no Santa Claus, I have to ask you this: “Why would you want to do THAT!?” Is Santa Claus real? Yes, yes he is.

And he is real all over the world, but in other countries he is called:

Baba Chaghalo in Afghanistan; Father Christmas in Australia; Papai Noel in Brazil; Santa Claus in Canada (those that speak English); Pere Noel in Canada (those who speak French); Shengdan Laoren in China; Julemanden in Denmark; Sinter Klaas in Holland; Papa Noel in Egypt; Father Christmas in England; Joulupukki in Finland; Pere Noel in France; Christtindl in Germany; Mikulas in Hungary; Ganesha in India; Baba Noel in Iran; Babbo Natale in Italy; Hoteisho in Japan; Kertsman in the Netherlands; Father Christmas in New Zealand; Julenissen in Norway; Papai Noel in Peru; Gwiazdor in Poland; Pai Natal in Portugal; Ded Moroz in Russia; Papa Noel in Spain; Jultomten in Sweden; and Noel Baba in Turkey. So, Santa Claus is apparently living in the hearts of people all over the world.

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