1. Download the “Parents Calling Santa” app.
Santa will call and speak to your kids. You can even request a “naughty” message where he’ll tell your kids he knows they’ve been misbehaving! Get it here for $1.99.
2. Read The Truth About Santa by Gregory Mone.
When older kids ask how Santa could possibly visit the whole world in one night, tell them some of this book’s funny yet plausible explanations, such as Santa’s warp-speed sleigh, frequent use of wormholes, and IT tech genius elves who oversee the operation. Get it here from $6.78.
3. Catch Santa on video.
Set up a camera with your kids on Christmas Eve, then, when they’ve gone to bed, film Dad dressed as Santa delivering gifts. In the morning your kids will be amazed to discover they caught photographic evidence of Santa!
4. Order a “Package From Santa.”
It’s easy to believe when the mailman delivers a letter from Santa, “nice list” certificate, and cookie made by Mrs. Claus herself. Get it here from $14.99.
5. Make sure Santa’s handwriting is different than yours.
A common way kids stop believing is by realizing the handwriting on Santa’s gift tags is the same as yours.
6. Download the “Letters To Santa” app.
Kids email a letter to Santa, and a few hours later Santa sends back a response. Get it here for $0.99.
7. Go Christmas shopping without the kids.
There’s a temptation to try to be crafty and throw a gift into the cart when you’re out with the kids, but don’t do it. If they notice what you’re doing and later see the gift under the tree from Santa, the jig is up.
8. Download the “Santa Spy Cam” app.
Fully approved by The North Pole Clandestine Services Bureau (NPCSB), this app captures footage of elves — and Santa himself — visiting your home. Get it here.
9. Visit Norad’s Santa Tracker.
Norad has been tracking Santa’s journey around the globe on Christmas Eve since 1955, and now its immersive website does so with videos, maps, and a behind-the-scenes peek at Santa’s village.
10. Check out Google’s Santa Tracker too.
Google’s annual Christmas site also tracks Santa’s journey, and has a number of cool interactive features like a reindeer racing game and a preview of the technology that powers Santa’s sleigh.
11. Be enthusiastic about Santa.
A friend of mine said the moment he realized Santa wasn’t real was when his dad acted bored when they went to meet Santa at the mall. If Santa really were such an amazing person, my friend thought, wouldn’t his dad be excited to see him?
12. Be careful with your conversations.
It’s all too easy to say something in front of the kids that implies Santa isn’t real. Keep your big mouth on lockdown during the holidays!
13. Find Santa’s license under the tree.
Santa’s License will send you a copy of Santa’s International Sleigh Driver’s License for $7.49. When your kids wake on Christmas morning to discover Santa dropped his license by the tree, they’ll have irrefutable proof of his existence.
14. Leave half-eaten carrots outside to be found on Christmas morning.
Who else but Santa’s trusty reindeers could have eaten them? Clearly, Santa is legit.
15. You can also sprinkle glitter on the front porch.
When your kids ask about it explain that it must be Santa’s magic dust.
16. Use different wrapping paper.
“Now wait one fine tootin’ moment,” your kid will think if you wrap everything with the same paper. “How could Mom and Santa use the same exact stuff?”
17. Embrace the Elf on the Shelf.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, elves on the shelf make Santa feel a little more real. Get the Christmas collection (elf, book, and Blu-ray) here for $29.99.
18. Have Santa give your kids a gift they’d never imagine you’d give them.
If a gift from Santa turns out to be school clothes, kids might figure out it was mom and dad doing the gifting. A truly unexpected gift, however, could only have come from Santa.
19. Hide gifts somewhere your kids won’t find them.
Kids snoop around for gifts like it’s their job, but if they find a gift before Santa delivers it the magic will be gone.
20. Say “What do you think?” when kids ask questions.
This will allow you to see where your kids are both intellectually and emotionally. Often kids just want reassurance that Santa is real, and aren’t yet ready to accept the truth.
21. Don’t forget what Christmas is really all about.
When your kids eventually learn the truth about Santa they may be disappointed, but if you’ve kept the focus of the holiday on the things that are important to you — like family, friends, and faith — they will continue to find Christmas (and Santa) every bit as special as before.