If you haven't yet, you probably soon will be putting away all the Christmas decorations. The Santas, elves, reindeers, snowmen, nativity sets, nutcrackers, inflatables, etc. all stored in boxes until next time. Who knows maybe this will be the last year your child/ren believe in Santa. (I know, don't gasp or cry at the thought.) But let's talk about it because one day, like it or not, they won't believe in the red suit and white bearded man. What do you do then? What can you do now to prepare yourself and your child/ren for that moment in time? Come clean quick or let them know slow?
A couple months back my seven-year-old whispered to his older brother, "I think Mommy and Daddy are the tooth fairy." I overheard the conversation and smirked at how astute my little tike was. When he asks me point blank questions like, "Mommy is Santa real?" I don't shy away but tell him, "St. Nicholas, which is Santa's real name, was a real man who did wonderful things for children." If he prods, I answer honestly but not brutally. Then I direct his attention to what is real but primarily unseen, something that wants what is best for him - angels.
If you and your spouse have grappled with the, "When do we let them know (about Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny...)?" then I would encourage you to introduce your family to angels this year. Specifically our Where Is Your Angel?™ book series with your family's very own watchman angel. It will encourage the imagination in your child without any future let down.
So, as you pack up the last of the holidays and smell the remaining leftovers to see if they should be tossed or not, think about adding an angel into your home that will always be with your child. You will be glad you did. So will your child.
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