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What Would You Say If
Your Child Asked…
“Is Santa Claus Real?”

It’s an age old question…

What should I tell my child when they ask, “Is Santa Clause is Real?”

I currently have a ten year-old and seven year-old twins who thankfully still believe in Santa.  I fear that my eldest will soon be coming to us with the very question we are dreading…

Is Santa Claus Real?

Like many children approaching this reality, I think she already knows the answer, or is at least suspicious, but I don’t believe that she really wants to know the truth- At least not yet.

As parents, we are left with a very difficult dilemma, one that not only tugs at our emotional strings but that also may challenge our core beliefs and ethics…

We are not only about to rip the innocence of youth away from her but we are also going to admit to the fact that we have been perpetuating a lie for years.

Or have we?

Is Santa Claus Real?

You see, and I know this will sound crazy, but I still believe in Santa!

No, not the jolly, white-bearded fellow that lives in the North Pole and delivers presents to the children of the world on Christmas Eve…

…but the spirit of Santa Claus and everything that is good about it.

The hope, the youth, the exuberance and the belief in something so fantastic that there is no equal.

And let’s not forget the impact on the adults. Seriously, when else are people so focused on giving and for no other reason than to bring joy and happiness to others?

So What Will I Say When My Children ask?

To be honest, I am not exactly sure what I will say when my daughter comes and asks me the dreaded question, “Is Santa Claus Real?”

I have actually looked for some help and have found some interesting thoughts and some great stories from what other parents have said before me…

From an article on cozi.com, author Martha Brockenbrough writes:

…The answer is no. I am not Santa. There is no one Santa.

I am the person who fills your stockings with presents, though. I also choose and wrap the presents under the tree, the same way my mom did for me, and the same way her mom did for her…

…Santa is bigger than any person, and his work has gone on longer than any of us have lived. What he does is simple, but it is powerful. He teaches children how to have belief in something they can’t see or touch.

One of the comments to this article had a great response that she had received from a “Santa Claus” that she believed to be real when she was a child and was starting to question.  In response to a question to Santa about delivering presents, Santa responded:

…Of course I bring the toys.

When you were just a baby, I brought all of your toys. When you got a little older, I asked your parents to help me, and they bought one or two presents.

Then when you got much older, I told your parents that I really needed their help. I explained to them that I make sure to personally deliver presents to all children; especially the very young children. But the world is very big and I need a lot of help. So when children get a little older, I get in touch with their parents and show them their children’s Christmas lists which come to the North Pole.

Santa then goes on to tell this little girl that he needs her to help him and says

…When you grow up, if anyone ever tells a child that I don’t exist, I need you to tell them this story. Tell them that you met me and we talked about the real meaning of Christmas. Tell them that I am very real and I most certainly bring presents to all the children of the world. Childhood is a very precious time, and it is a very short time. Children need something to believe in. Tell them that they can believe in me.

Is Santa Claus Real?

The belief in Santa is a wonderful thing. It’s so much more than just believing that a fat guy with a beard is bringing you toys on Christmas.

It’s about all that is good and it’s about believing in something that you can’t see and it may not even lend itself to reason.

Check out this response given to an eight year-old girl in response to her letter to the editor (New York Sun, 1897)

…Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished…

It has been 116years since that letter was written and the response is as important today as it was then.

It’s even more important because it is going to be increasingly more difficult to maintain the innocence of our youth.  Between the iPods, the iPads, the tablets and all the access to the Internet that our children have today.

It’s only a matter of time before they Google “Is Santa Claus Real?”

Take it from me, you don’t want to be the one to ruin someone’s childhood before it’s time…

..one of my biggest regrets in life was dropping that bomb on my little sister when we were children.  To this day I regret that more than anything else I have done.

I’ll leave you with this clip from Miracle on 34th Street.

Is Santa Claus Real?
You Better Believe It!

Merry Christmas!

If you’ve got a good “Santa Story” Share below… You might just help someone out.