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To All Parents That Need To Tell Their Children The Truth About Santa

The explanation I gave to my children was very similar to the one below. This one is just a shade better than mine. I don’t know who to attribute it to, but here it is.

– Ted –

Child: ′′Dad, I think I’m old enough now. Does Santa exist for real?”

Dad: ′′Ok, I agree you’re old enough. But before I tell you, I have a question for you. See, the ′′ truth ′′ is a dangerous gift. Once you know something, you can’t ignore it. Knowing the truth about Santa’s existence also means you’ll never understand it again and you’ll never think of him like you do now. So my question is are you sure you want to know?”

Brief break…

Child: ′′Yes, I want to know!”

Santa: ′′Okay, I’ll tell you: yes, there’s a Santa!”

Child: ′′Really?”

Dad: ′′Yes, really, but he’s not an old man with a beard in a red suit. This is what we say to the kids. You see, children are too young to understand Santa’s true nature, so we explain to them in ways they can understand. The truth about Santa is that he is not a person at all; it is an idea. Think about all those gifts Santa has given you over the years. I bought these myself. I watched you open them. Do you think it bothered me that you didn’t thank me? Of course not! It actually made me happy. You see, Santa is the IDEA OF GIVING FOR THE PLEASURE OF GIVING, without thought, thanks and appreciation. When I saw this woman crumble on the subway last week and I called for help, I knew she would never know that it was me who called the ambulance. I was Santa when I did this.”

Child: ′′Oh!”

Dad: ′′So now that you know, you’re part of it. You must also be Santa now. It means you can never reveal the secret to a young child, and you have to help us choose Santa’s gifts for them, and most importantly, you’ll have to look for opportunities to help people. Got it?”