Are the kids asking difficult questions about Santa Claus? Here are some tips on how cheerily respond:
"Will Santa come even if I don't have a chimney?"
Of course! Santa has a few tricks up his big red sleeves besides just being able to squeeze down chimneys: a master key allowing him to enter every home and a phenomenal memory for retaining the door codes of all the buildings inhabited by good little children. There is no shortage of ways for Santa to get you your presents!
"What if I was too naughty to receive presents?"
Not to worry. Even the best behaved children are a little naughty sometimes. Santa understands that, and as long as you intend to be nicer next year, you'll still get your gifts. But just to be sure, right before Christmas try not to fight with your brothers and sisters, go to bed early, and help your parents without complaining. Santa will see all these things and will make his final decision on how many presents he'll bring you!
"How come I didn't get everything on my list?"
It's helpful to make a list for Santa but in the end, it's he who decides what to get you. If you didn't get everything you wanted then it means he decided to give it to someone who needed it more. So that means you're lucky - you already have everything you need!
"Can I give something to Santa Claus?"
Of course! It's nice to leave some cookies and a glass of milk for Santa next to the chimney or the front door. Not only is it a kind gesture, he's going to have a huge appetite after all the work he's doing! Store-bought cookies are OK but he really loves homemade cookies! And don't worry - if Santa is full from eating cookies at all the other houses, he can bring your cookies back to his hungry elves!
"Is this the real Santa Claus?"
In the street, at the malls and during parties, children see many people dressed as Santa Claus. Small children tend to accept it without asking questions, but children over 3 years will certainly ask if all these people are really Santa Claus. In this case, you can say that these are Santa's helpers who will pass the message back to Santa, and they're dressed like him just to help get us in the holiday spirit. The real Santa is someone we'll never see, but we'll see that he came when we see our presents on Christmas morning!
"Does Santa really exist?"
Eventually the time will come that your children will start to question the reality of Mr. Claus. Instead of coming straight out with it, first test the waters and see if they're just having a few doubts or if they really seem to believe Santa doesn't exist. To do this, respond with questions like "Do you think he's real? Do you want to believe in him?" Then tell them that Santa is real to anyone who believes in him. So if they don't want to believe in him, then he'll cease to exist! But Christmas is more magical when you believe in Santa, so why not?
Keep the magic of Santa alive with of our Christmas ecards! Merry Christmas to all!
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