He knows when you’re sleeping and he knows when you’re awake, but should your kids know the truth about the one coming to town with a sleigh of presents in tow?
Moms Like Us host, Mona Corwin, answers this question with practical tips on how to gradually shift children’s belief in Santa Claus as they get older, while keeping the magic alive during the most wonderful time of the year.
Christmas comes with many emotional highs like decorating the tree, buying presents, making cookies and gingerbread houses, looking at sparkling lights, and sipping on a warm cup of hot cocoa topped with whip cream. For kids, a highlight of this time of year is getting the chance to tell their Christmas wish list to the infamous man with a white beard and red coat.
Although the Santa people watch on movies and read about in books is only real in figments of their imaginations, Corwin encourages parents to “keep the magic of Santa as long as you can.” It is possible to weave the truth about Saint Nick into the overarching purpose of Christmas: Jesus.
As her kids grew older, Corwin gradually taught them things about the real Santa by creating opportunities for her children to be thankful for what they had and generous toward people in need during the holidays.
Most importantly, Corwin shares how she wove the unconditional love of Jesus and His matchless giving spirit into the magic of the Christmas season. She shows a statue of Santa bowing down to Jesus in the manger, reminding parents to make Jesus the prime example they give their kids opportunities to follow.
When kids reach about 2nd or 3rd grade, Corwin’s advice is to tell them who Saint Nick really is while relating it all to the gift of Jesus.
Keeping the spirit of Santa alive by encouraging children to carry on his generous work will point them and a broken world to the One who came to Earth as a baby and made the greatest sacrifice of all time. For that is the true meaning and magic of this time of year.