Blog Dare #3: What we tell (or don't tell) the kids about Santa Claus

So this is a hard one for me. I've been thinking over my answer ever since I agreed to so this blog dare. I've even been thinking over my answer all day and even as I'm sitting here typing this. I'm still trying to think of an answer.

I think for me I've always wanted my kids to believe in the Christmas Spirit. Have I told my kids since they were little there was a Santa Claus? Well than I think like a ton of parents out there, than yes I'm guilty.

But now I find myself at a crossroad. I think my kids are coming to an age where I can tell them differently. In fact just last week as we watched the Thanksgiving Parade, my daughter was extremely excited about seeing Santa at the end of the Parade. My oldest son who just turned 11 in October asked me a question that I wasn't quiet ready to answer. Plus I just didn't want to answer in front of my daughter who just turned 9 in November.

But my oldest Son asked, "Mom is Santa really real?"

I couldn't come up with an honest answer right than and there. So instead I gave him a pointed look and than looked at my daughter and was like, "What do you think? Does he look real to you?"

Seeing as they were showing the end of the Parade right than. I know I should sit down and talk to my oldest about it and maybe my middle son (but I'm not really sure he would understand with his disability). But it's hard for me to decide what to tell my 9 year old daughter and my 5 year old son.

So what do you (or not) tell your kids about Santa? What age do you think is appropriate to tell them the truth?

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Comment by Terri S. Vanech on December 8, 2012 at 5:07pm

Here's what I did about Santa. Not sure I recommend it in retrospect. It ranks in my top 10 Mother of the Year moments... http://pushingonarope.com/2011/12/20/yes-catherine-there-is-a-santa...

Comment by Kathryn A. Patterson on December 5, 2012 at 4:28pm

I know exactly how you feel.  But I also know that your son probably does not need you to tell him the truth.  All of our kids figured it out, but still played along because it's fun to play pretend with your parents.  

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