Come December and the festive mood sets in! With the arrival of this winter holiday season, people start preparing for the much-awaited Christmas celebration with great enthusiasm. Cakes, chocolates, cookies, wine, gifts and decoration become the common topic of discussion in most of the families.
Amidst all the excitement, children are secretly busy ensuring that they are at their best behaviour so that the red man on the sledge, who comes all the way from God’s land, does not miss to drop a present for them. They make socks for the Christmas night and hang them on the Christmas tree. By doing this, they feel they are reminding Santa that they are the deserving ones for his love and gifts too.
With the festive gusto at its zenith, it is really tough for parents to make their kids, who are now grown up enough, mindful of the fact that Santa isn’t real. They are in search of an explanation that speaks the truth, and at the same time, does not destroy the magic of the season. But what if kids are reluctant to understand and accept the reality? How do parents explain the truth of Santa to their children?
Some mommies, from SOS MOMs, have wonderful suggestions for parents who want their kids to enjoy the magic of the season, yet know the reality.
Vandana Anand says, “Make your child a Santa and let her distribute some gifts to poor children. She will understand the concept and will not be upset. She will experience the joy hidden in the act of sharing, kindness and other good emotions. Also, take her to a mall on Christmas and carry a packed gift for her. Let the Santa of the mall give her that gift. She will be happy, but she will also understand everything without you having to tell her.”
Rashi Pareek says, “You should let your child continue with the Santa myth. She would eventually grow out of it herself. It’s a boon for parents too, as it enables them to know the mindsets and desires of their little ones. Instead of indulging yourself in revealing Santa’s reality, you can plan a surprise gift for your child. Make her write a letter to Santa, talking about all her desires and worries in it. Help her with her worries and talk to her about her desires. This will make her believe that there is someone who can help her in solving her problems. This will also enable you to comprehend how and what your child thinks about the world around her.”
It is always good to enlighten children about the true essence and reality of Santa. Nothing more than a positive approach is required to introduce your child to this fact. So while you celebrate Christmas this year, help your child develop a matured outlook on Santa and enjoy the festival with greater zeal.
We thank all the Mommies of our community for sparing their precious time to give their valuable responses:
Vandana Anand, Rashi Pareek and Misha Amar Bhattal