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Yes, Listeners, There is a Santa Claus

Every person is different and if I give you all a cut-and-dried answer for the “Are you Santa?” question, it would probably be the right answer for only a very tiny portion of the population.

By
Cheryl Butler,
January 5, 2008
Episode #047

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Hey there! You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some quick and dirty tips for practical parenting.

Welcome to the new year. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the holidays. Listener Shannon wrote in to share a question that many parents might be interested in at this time of year:

Hi there.  A dear friend just forwarded your website link to me after listening to me ponder about how to answer the imminent question "Mommy, are you Santa?"  I'm sure a lot of people remember how it felt to realize Santa doesn't actually exist, and I'd love to find a way to soften the blow for my children when the time comes.  If you would ask your audience how they handled the issue, I'd appreciate hearing their ideas.

Well, Shannon, I would also love to hear from other listeners to find out how they’ve handled this similar situation.

My children are too young to start questioning the existence of Santa, but I do have a nephew who is struggling with his belief and we had a conversation about it just before Christmas this year. I’m sure that he’ll also be questioning the existence of other clandestine characters of his lifetime: the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and for those who grew up in my household, the Great Pumpkin.

If you celebrate any or all of these characters, your kids are certain to come to the eventual realization that you may have had a hand in performing on the characters’ behalf. It’s a very personal decision for parents. You need to take into consideration your beliefs and your children’s personalities. How they handle information can play an important role in how you address the subject. I once had a friend tell me that she felt as though she was lying to her children by letting them believe in the existence of Santa Claus. There are also people I know who can vividly remember the moment at which they learned that Mom and Dad were responsible for filling the stockings on Christmas Eve. Every person is different and if I give you all a cut-and-dried answer for the “Are you Santa?” question, it would probably be the right answer for only a very tiny portion of the population.

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