The holidays are upon us! For those of you who celebrate Santa Claus and have children, the issue of Jolly Ole Saint Nick can be a precarious one.
The desire for your child to believe just one more year in Santa is real for many parents. Yet as each Christmas passes you can see the doubt swirling in their eyes as they piece the logistics of the puzzle together.
Is Santa real?
What do you say? How do you handle this delicate question? How can you be "fierce" with your kids, and not squash the holiday spirit?
Recently a colleague of mine, Aimee Windmiller-Wood, shared an amazing letter one mom,Martha Brockenbrough, wrote to her young daughter when she asked the question: I NEED TO KNOW, ARE YOU SANTA? TELL ME THE TRUTH.
Martha then articulates what Santa is all about so well, it re-adjusted my holiday outlook.
Here is small snippet of what she says:
I am not Santa. There is no one Santa… Santa is bigger than any person, and his work has gone on longer than any of us have lived. What he does is simple, but it is powerful... He teaches children how to have belief in something they can’t see or touch…
Santa is a teacher, and I have been his student, and now you know the secret of how he gets down all those chimneys on Christmas Eve: he has help from all the people whose hearts he’s filled with joy.
We strive to have authentic conversations with our children every day. No one wants to deliberately lie to their kids, and this mom shows us that it’s not so black or white.
Is there a Santa? Not technically. But there is a spirit behind Santa that is real, a spirit that makes each December just a little brighter.
I encourage you to read the full article, on Cozi's website. It’s a powerful example of how sometimes there’s really not a simple yes or no answer.