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.
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.
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.
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.
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