One day it will happen. The day you’ve been dreading. The day your child asks you if Santa is real.
At first, you’ll say “Santa doesn’t bring presents to children that don’t believe in him”, and that’ll keep them quiet for a year. Or maybe two. But while you can keep the magic alive at home, the rumours in the playground, the whispers among friends, will have them begging you to tell them the truth.
It’s a watershed moment. Once you confirm Santa isn’t real, they’ll start questioning everything else. The Easter Bunny? The Tooth Fairy? Oh, where do the lies end? And once you’ve come clean, how do you stop them spoiling the magic for the younger kids?
Keeping the Magic Alive
In need of a solution, a friend passed this story on to me. A story that swaps one kind of magic for another that is much more believable.
“Santa”, she said, “was real. He lived a long, long time ago. And yes, he did indeed give presents to the children at Christmas. But Santa got old. So before he died he asked parents around the world to carry on his good work by keeping the magic of Christmas alive.”
“Tell your child this story” she advised “and let them know they’re now grown up enough to know the truth and to take the pledge to keep the magic of Santa alive for all the little kids and younger brothers and sisters. Buy their silence by inviting them to help you ‘be Santa’, and tell them one day, if they have children of their own, it’s their job to keep his magic alive.”
If they ask ‘why?’ tell them it’s because everyone needs a little magic in their lives. And as Roald Dahl said, “those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it”.