I vividly remember the day my mother told me the truth about Santa Claus. I was about 9 years old, and I was in shock. I had so many questions, and I couldn’t believe that all of the Christmas magic I once believed in was a big fat lie. The hardest part was knowing that I had to keep this secret from my younger siblings because they still believed.
It seems like kids today are finding out the truth about Santa much earlier, and that makes me sad. It’s so great for children to use their imaginations and have something fun to embrace during the holidays. There are a few ways you can keep the magic of Santa alive, and doing these things will create lifetime memories that your children will look back on with joy.
1. Write Santa A Letter
If your children are able to, you can suggest they write a letter to Santa and mail it to the North Pole. Thanks to the USPS, children can actually address and mail a letter that Santa will respond to! The deadline for receiving letters is December 15th, and you can find more information about this fun tradition on the USPS website.
2. Dress Up Like Santa
Whether it’s daddy, grandpa or a neighbor, have someone dress up as Santa and knock on your door. A personal visit from Santa will definitely convince your children that he’s real! My husband dressed up as Santa the last couple of years and my little guy had no idea it was really a phony dressed in Santa’s suit. Just don’t be surprised if your children are a bit frightened. We all know that sometimes Santa is scary.
Get some tips on how to be a good Santa on WikiHow.
3. Get A Call From Santa
If Santa isn’t able to make a personal appearance at your home, you can always have him call your child. There are a few fun services that provide personalized (and free) phone calls from Santa. There’s also a site that does video calls, which can be viewed on a computer, tablet or mobile device.
Stop by The Balance to find out more about the various ways to connect with Santa on the phone.
source: Not On High Street
4. Leave Santa Footprints
One year when I was younger, I awoke on Christmas morning to the sight of giant footprints across my living room floor that appeared to be covered in snow. My parents did a great job of reinforcing my siblings’ and my belief in Santa. Doesn’t that sound like a fun idea?
If you go to Not On High Street, you can actually purchase a Santa footprint that allows you bring the North Pole into your living room!
5. Visit Santa
Taking your children to visit Santa doesn’t always go well. But if you want them to believe in him, you gotta take them to see him! This is a Christmas rite of passage that every child should experience, no matter how old they are, for as long as they believe.