What Should Parents Tell Their Children About Santa? [812호]
Do you remember eagerly going to bed on Christmas Eve hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus and his gifts? Eventually, most children learn that none of it is real, not Santa, not the elves, not even the reindeer! Many parents tell their kids about Santa because they want their children to believe in a world full of magic, wonder, and goodness, which are all part of the Christmas spirit. But some children believe in the old man with the white beard, so discovering the truth about Santa can be a really shocking experience!
How can parents talk about Santa without telling them that he isn’t a real person who lives in the North Pole? Recently, there was a post circulating on the internet that suggested one imaginative way to help children think about Santa. It recommended having a conversation with the child when he or she starts getting suspicious about Santa. The parent could say, “You’ve probably noticed that most of the Santas you see are people dressed like him. Some of your friends might’ve even told you that there is no Santa. A lot of children think that because they aren't ready to BE a Santa yet, but YOU ARE.” The post then encouraged the parents to guide the children to realize the value of doing something good by sending someone a secret gift as Santa. The “secret” Santa is not shocking news anymore but rather another opportunity to experience the Christmas spirit.
Esther Lee For The Teen Times (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. According to the article, where does Santa live?
2. How does Santa look like?
3. What can the parents say to their children when they ask about Santa?
1. Do you believe in Santa? Why? Why not?
2. How can parents tell their children the truth about Santa?
3. Do you think it is good that children know the reality about Santa?