Do you know how to quickly ruin Santa for your kids?
While writing this I can almost feel the excitement of when I was a kid and used to sneak downstairs to try to catch “Santa” in the act of leaving my beloved presents. I can also remember the disappointment I felt when I learned Santa was in fact fiction. It wasn’t any easier to have discovered he actually didn’t exist from a group of kids at school, instead of from my parents, who had obviously been lying to me all those years. Once I had my own kids I vowed I would shield them from having Santa ruined for them (what was I thinking).
This holiday season my son is 11 and my daughter is 5 so the age difference has made my job of keeping Santa as real as possible slightly difficult as my son has realized “Santa” is in fact his parents. He still believes there is some type of magical element that happens on Christmas, but he was definitely annoyed after he found out from friends and kids at school there is no big jolly man named Santa sliding down our non-existent chimney delivering a Nintendo Switch or a Hoverboard (that actually do not even hover).
Another huge clue for my son that Santa may not be who he claims to be was when I took my kids to get their pictures taken with Santa and he asked them to wait a second while he finished sending a text (true story). I tried to play it off by saying Santa got an important text from Mrs. Claus about one of the reindeer, but my son looked at me and rolled his eyes, while my daughter was overly excited about the fact that Santa had direct contact with the reindeer.
Whether you have kids you are trying to keep Santa as real as possible for, or if you are trying to politely tell your children the Santa jig is up, here are some tips on how to quickly ruin Santa for your kids.
Send your kids to school
Hands down the top way to ruin Santa for your kids because it is inevitable that at an age (much younger than you thought it would be) will your child come home from school and surprise you with the fact they were told by friends on the playground (that damn playground happens to be the root of all interesting conversations) that Santa is in fact not real.
Have an older sibling
We are in the process of essentially bribing my son, now that he’s in on the Santa not being real secret, to make sure his little sister doesn’t find out.
Why do some older siblings seem to find it fun to ruin the magic of Santa for their younger siblings?
Take your kids to visit and take photos with a Santa who owns a smart phone
Watching Santa text faster than him was a surefire way to let my son know the man he annually traded his Christmas wishes with for a candy cane and sticker was definitely not headed to kids homes around the globe in one night dropping off presents.
Have your children visit with a Santa who decides during the visit that his faux beard is making him hot and itchy and decides to remove it in front of your kids (cue lots of tears, especially if your kids are younger).
Now I hope your children can hold onto the magic and wonder of Santa for as long as possible, but if you really want them to keep believing then make sure to NOT have any of the things that I mentioned above happen, or else you will have surely ruined Santa for your kids.