Shhh! 7 Tips to Avoid Kids Ruining the Santa Story (page 2)

Shhh! 7 Tips to Avoid Kids Ruining the Santa Story

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Updated on Dec 23, 2012

Don't Force It

Make sure that you don't become disappointed in your child's turn of heart away from Santa that you actively try to force the issue. Yes, it's sad when your little one suddenly doesn't believe in the jolly guy, but making him sit on Santa's knee could land you in a yelling match about the reality of Santa in front of an audience. By the way, a 2003 study found that 95 percent of kids seeing Santa in the mall were indifferent or hesitant anyway, so you can probably skip the visit altogether and save yourself the trouble.


If you do get an angry phone call from a parent accusing your child of ruining Christmas and the Santa legend for one of his classmates, take care that you don't immediately go on the defensive. While you might not do the whole Santa thing in your home, it's important to remember that other families base their entire holiday season around it. Apologize and then have your own child apologize and explain that "his" Santa is different and that the other child's Santa must still come to visit. It's your best chance to smooth things over and an excellent opportunity to spark conversation with your non-believer.

Christmas can be a magical time, whether your family has Santa come to visit or not. But it's important to remember that it's also a magical time for schoolmates, relatives and neighbors. By giving your little one the holiday 4-1-1 before you find yourself in a sticky situation, you get to celebrate Christmas that you want while allowing others to do the same. Bring on the fruitcake!

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