Little girl writes a letter to Santa


My Kids Believe in Santa and I Hope Your Kids Don’t Ruin It For Them

Dec 3, 2019

I come downstairs on a cozy Saturday morning to find my five- and seven-year-old at the kitchen table, their sleepy faces serious in concentration. There’s glitter, markers and colourful paper strewn all over — it looks like craft central station and I haven’t even made breakfast yet.

“What are you doing?” I ask, my tone light.

“We’re writing our Christmas list to Santa!” my girls shout in unison and both begin talking excitedly.

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I sit down at the table and my daughters chatter about Santa Claus, their Christmas lists and their anticipation for the upcoming holidays. I join in on the fun and dig out some holiday-themed stickers, envelopes and help them with their spelling.

“Let’s mail these to the North Pole!” I say eagerly, half-believing that their letters will be read by a pudgy man wearing a red suit.

"But as a mother I do hope that the magic of Santa can stay alive for as long as possible for my own children."

We spend the morning dreaming and planning, and it’s the perfect and most joy-filled Saturday we’ve shared in a long time. The lore of Santa is an important one in our home. We love make-believe, and I have no qualms about creating elaborate and fictitious stories that feed my children’s imaginations and creativity. While my husband and I are both committed to our faith as Christians, and talk often about Jesus’ birth as the reason that we celebrate Christmas, we also love talking about Santa and creating many holiday traditions that some Christians might consider “secular.”

My oldest daughter, at seven, is starting to ask questions about Santa — her child-like heart enthusiastic and wanting to believe, but her developing critical thinking skills questioning the accuracy of our stories. I’m lucky that we’ve made it this far, every year I worry that well-meaning friends at school will crush the magic of Christmas by telling them that Santa isn’t real. Each Canadian family has their own traditions, and cultural and religious practices, and I respect and champion every family’s right to their own beliefs and practices. But as a mother I do hope that the magic of Santa can stay alive for as long as possible for my own children.

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While some parents might decide to tell their children that Santa isn’t real, I do hope that those same parents are encouraging their kids to keep mum on the schoolyard and in interactions with Santa-believing peers. When my eldest learns that Santa isn’t real, I plan to incorporate her in on the fun and encourage her to keep up with our enchanting traditions for her younger sisters. I will also ask her to not share with her friends, and hope that other parents will do the same with their kids. While I know I can’t control everything — no parent can — I can at least encourage, guide and direct my kids to respect the traditions of others.

This year if your kids don’t believe in Santa, or never have, please let them know that St. Nick is still a special part of the holidays for other kids. I’m looking forward to a few more years of colourful letter writing, storytelling and baking fresh cookies to leave out for Santa. The wonder is alive and well in our home — so please tell your kids to play along, just for a little while longer.

Article Author Brianna Bell
Brianna Bell

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Brianna Bell is a writer and journalist based in Guelph, Ontario. She has written for many online and print publications, including Scary Mommy, The Penny Hoarder, and The Globe and Mail.

Brianna's budget-savvy ways have attracted media attention and led to newspaper coverage in The Globe and Mail and The Guelph Mercury.

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