Moms Talk: The Santa Moment

Our Moms Council tackles a big moment in any parent's life.

Each week in Moms Talk, our Moms Council of experts and smart mothers take your questions, give advice and share solutions.

Moms, dads, grandparents and the diverse families who make up our community will have a new resource for questions about local neighborhood schools, the best pediatricians, 24-hour pharmacies and the thousands of other issues that arise while raising children.

Here's this week's question:

Yes, Virginia, we're going to talk about this. Childhood is that magical time when kids know that Santa Claus delivers all their Christmas wishes on Dec. 25. But every parent of a Santa-loving kid knows the time will come when ... well, you know the rest. So, how have you handled the Santa Moment? What do you say when confronted with one of the world's toughest questions?

Join our Moms Council (Amy Perry, Steph Motenko, Liz Spillane and Tiffany Prysmiki) in the comments below.

Jane Enviere December 22, 2011 at 05:55 AM
My oldest child is almost 7 and I wonder if this is the last year that we will get to see her eyes sparkle and her face light up when she talks about Santa. <sob> ; ) I remember feeling very let down when I found out the truth, so I don't look forward to it. It seems like she was just old enough to even understand Santa and now it will be over...
russ harrison December 22, 2011 at 02:15 PM
They come home from school with "that look". Other kids have let them know there is no Santa Claus. In my kids' case(s), I explain that there is a Santa. Maybe not a physical one, but a spiritual one. I then tell them about the various incarnations of Santa, and how we, as regular people keep Santa alive through our traditions. After a lengthy speech I end my explanation of why the "Spirit" of Santa is real in idealism if not physical being, I end it with "So that's why Santa Claus does exist...". Then I look at the expression on their faces and simply say "When you stop believing in Santa you get socks for Christmas."
Amy Perry December 22, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Oh that is great Russ!
Jill Bures December 22, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Karin that link is wonderful! I was going to post something similar- I don't have children but this is something that just came up with my boyfriend and I- "Is it right to lie to your kids about Santa?" I remember that feeling when I had an inkling he was not real and it was devastating! But he brought up a point last night that is similar to your link. Santa is not about putting gifts under the tree he is about believing in something that you cannot always see or touch- like God. It is a great way to teach kids how to believe in something that is bigger than themselves!
Rayanne Carlson December 23, 2011 at 11:56 PM
As a child I recall, like Amy, Santa faded with time. My children are grown and I worried about what some referred to as the "lie." When asked, I told my children when they no longer believed in Santa, they would no longer receive gifts from Santa. Which was true. I would then be the one who brought the gifts. My POV-kids need fantasy in their lives. Tinker Bell, Santa, Tooth Fairy or Barney, I believe they need some make believe that can be real to them for the short time they are children.


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