We love Santa in our house. But out of the 5 of us who live in our house, only 1 still believes in Santa. Our daughter learned the news when she was around 8 or 9. Our son discovered the news when he was 8. Now our 5 year old stands alone.
There is no magic age tqo tell your child about Santa.
So when should you do it? When they’re ready…unless they’re getting old enough to know.
When your child asks if Santa is real…ask them what they think.
When your child asks how Santa does it all in one night…ask them what they think.
Gauge their readiness to learn the news by their answers to the questions. You know your child best.
Once your child knows,
make them feel like a big shot that they know a huge secret.
invite them into the fun of Santa…the gifts, the cookies and milk, stockings, etc.
Just my opinion…I think your child is old enough to know about Santa before they go into the 6th grade. If they believe in Santa beyond that, it could get messy.
Q: Why does the Christmas season feel more stressful?
A: You have less margin (free space) in your schedule, finances, patience, etc.
Less Margin = More Stress
Want some ways to make this Christmas less stressful?
Do some things for your wife / family that you normally do not do…shop, bake, plan, etc. Reducing your spouse’s stress will reduce your stress.
Spend the majority of your time with your family. Schedule time to do things with just your family…look at Christmas lights, stay home and watch a Christmas movie, stay home and do nothing, play together, see a movie, etc.
Spend less money. It’s possible.
Don’t say yes to every invitation you receive. They’ll still be your friend after the holidays.
Keep up your healthy habits…exercise, eat well, read, sleep, etc.