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Santa Claus 101: Visiting Santa, Christmas Eve Traditions, and When To Tell the Truth


Santa Claus 101: Visiting Santa, Christmas Eve Traditions, and When To Tell the Truth

For many moms, the Santa Claus traditions are tied to happy childhood memories. You might remember your wonder and awe of the North Pole, flying reindeer and toy-making elves; your nervous hopes on Christmas Eve that he'd make it to your chimney; and the pure joy of Christmas morning. It's natural to want to share that magical experience with your children. Still, Santa traditions do pose some challenges. To help you through it all, we've drawn on real advice from Circle of Moms members for this handy Santa Claus starter lesson.

Preparing to Visit Santa Claus

Some children positively adore chatting up Santa, but others find the visit scary. After all, this red-suited man is not only a stranger, but one with gift-giving powers! To help your child have more confidence, swing by the Santa station in advance (even several times) to show and explain how the whole process works. Let your child know you'll be there with him, and that he can even stand next to Santa instead of sitting on his lap. Afraid your little will see more than one Santa? Circle of Moms member Jade C. offers this easy advice: "If he sees more than one Santa and gets confused I tell him that all the mall Santas are helpers, because Santa really can't be everywhere at once." On the big day, try smiling and talking with Santa as you approach. Finally, if your child is still really scared, don't force it - you can always make an adorable Santa picture with Photoshop!

Santa Traditions for Christmas Eve

Circle of Moms members are full of great tips for Santa-related Christmas traditions. Renee H.'s family watches the Santa report on CNN, while Kirsi B.'s follows Google Maps. Jaclyn D.'s kids love spreading oat-and-glitter reindeer food: "The glitter is so they see it glisten from the sky!" Lee B. also shared a great Christmas Eve tradition from her sister-in-law...the kids find a present of PJs from Mrs. Claus, accompanied by a note telling them to go to bed because Santa's on his way. "She never has a problem with the kids wanting to quickly put on their new PJs."

When to Tell Your Child the Truth About Santa Claus

Many Circle of Moms conversations discuss what is an appropriate age to tell your child the truth about Santa Claus. "Only when they ask!" insisted Samantha C., and most moms agreed it is best to wait as long as possible. In many cases, friends at school will eventually break the news. When the time does come to acknowledge the truth, Tina J. and Breeze W. both suggested reading Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus to help explain the true magic of the holidays.

Want to discuss your thoughts on Santa? Looking for more holiday advice?

Whether you want to debate Santa or find tips on budget-friendly holidays, Circle of Moms is the place for you to share your opinions with other moms and find real-life parenting advice for the holidays. Look for posts tagged with Christmas to get started!

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