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I’m not sure how everyone feels about Santa Claus. I know that there are two schools of thought, those that love the magic of this beloved Christmas tradition, and those that refuse to perpetuate the myth.
The Santa debate briefly raged in our house a few years ago just before my youngest daughter’s wedding. Her fiance, tho not entrenched in the non-believer camp, put forth the argument that children should not be encouraged to believe in a mythical man. My daughter declared this to be a deal breaker; if their future offspring could not be raised believing in St. Nick the wedding was off. They are happily married and the doting parents of a precocious 4 year old who will be celebrating Christmas this year complete with an annual photo and breakfast with Santa. The skeptical man is now fully invested in Santa; he even takes the family dogs for photos with the jolly old elf! We surely made a believer out of him!
Our family definitely falls in the believer camp. We do everything we can to keep Santa real for the children in our family. My then 12 year old grandson wavered in his belief one year, but with a little help from technology we were able to keep Santa real for him at least another year. (He’s now 15, unfortunately there is nothing we can do to persuade him that Santa is real. But he keeps up the front for his younger brother and cousins!)
I know some will disapprove, but in my opinion kids grow up to soon in our fast pace world. I see no harm in encouraging them to believe, reality will come crashing down on them soon enough.
Eventually when they discover the truth they might be disappointed, but if you’ve focused the what the holidays mean to you – family, friends,, faith, and sharing – then the magic of Christmas, and Santa will remain with your children forever.
Here are some tips and activities on how to keep Santa real for your kids this year.
Breakfast, Lunch, or Tea with Santa
We have been going to Breakfast or Lunch with Santa ever since my kids were small. It’s a tradition we keep up with the grandchildren.
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Letters from Santa
Watch your kid’s eyes light up in wonder when he receives a letter or package from Santa. This brought a sparkle to my 5 year old grandson’s eyes and even impressed his doubting 12 year old brother that year.
You can order personalized letter and packages starting at $14.95. Click here to begin!
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Phone calls from Santa
Download this App for $1.99 and use it every year. Santa will call and speak to your child, you can even request a “naughty” message.
Click here to purchase!
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Emails from Santa
Kid’s can email Santa on this App and a few hours later he will respond.
Get this App for .99 Cents here!
Play the neighborhood game You’ve Been Jingled! Have older kids help out Santa boy delivering anonymous gifts to the neighbors, they can be one of Santa’s elves for a day. This game helps teach kids that Christmas is just about getting gifts, it’s more about giving and sharing.
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Track Santa as he delivers gifts on Christmas Eve!
Track Santa’s progress around the world on Christmas Eve, we certainly do! Norad has been tracking Santa since 1955. These days they have an awesome website complete with maps, videos, and a peek at Santa’s Village. Click here for the officila Norad website.
Read a “Santa” book with your children during the holidays.
We always read Clement C. Moore’s classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem before bed on Christmas Eve. We have several illustrated copies in our home library. [spacer height=”-20px”]
Help your kids set up cookies for Santa. You can learn how to make this simple Santa plate set hereor use what ever plates and cups you already have.
The most important things is to remember to consume the milk and cookies before the kids wake up Christmas morning![spacer height=”-20px”]
Don’t forget Rudolph and his pals.
Be sure to leave out reindeer food, you can have kids make some, learn how here! Or leave out some carrots.
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Give Santa Access
Embrace the Elf!
Buy and Elf on a Shelf, share the concept of the Elf with the children, and have a great time devising and keeping up with the Elf’s antics![spacer height=”-20px”]
Leave Santa evidence.
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“Santa” Gift tips:
1. Make “Santa” gifts fun and unexpected.
Kids will surely know it’s not from Santa when they open a “Santa” gift that’s a pair of socks or mittens. You don’t have to buy anything very expensive nor does the gift have to be something on a potentially long wish list. Just make sure it’s fun and not something you would normally gift your child.
2. Shop for Santa gifts without the kids.
No matter what you say if the kids see the gift in your Walmart shopping cart they will KNOW it’s not from Santa.
3. Hide Santa gifts where the kid’s can’t see them.
Keep them hidden until the kids go to bed on Christmas Eve.
4. Use special “Santa Gift Wrap”.
Don’t use the same wrap you use for all the other presents. Keep the Santa wrap hidden as well.
5. Make sure Santa’s handwriting doesn’t look like your handwriting. This is a first give away, specially for older kids who are familiar with your handwriting.
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