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When It’s Time To Tell Your Kids About Santa

by Bill Sweeney
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I partnered with Scholastic for this post. All opinions are my own.

In a series of letters, a young girl writes to Santa to ask about the North Pole, Mrs. Claus, and of course, Christmas goodies. Year after year, Santa writes back, and a heartwarming relationship develops, until one year, the girl writes to her mother instead: Mom, are you Santa? Her mother responds to say that no, she is not Santa. Because Santa is bigger than any one person — we bring him out through kindness to one another and the power of imagination. This transformative tale spins a universal childhood experience into a story about love, giving, and the spirit of Christmas.

Love, Santa by Martha Brockenbrough (in stores now!) is a fantastic tool to help parents explain the truth about Santa Claus when the time comes for that conversation with their children. Now, I’m telling you right now, you will cry when you read this book. Period. The story and how it’s presented is spot on and so well done. The beautiful artwork includes interactive letters that you can take out and read. The entire book is special.

With all of that said, the thing that will really get to you will be what got to me…the fact that your kids are old enough to be able to use this book. It’s wonderful and it’s something that we all have to face eventually with all of our kids, but, man, the sting is still there. I don’t care who you are, where you come from, how you parent, or how mature or not your kids tend to be. The realization that they will know the truth about this book is a transformative moment. This book helps parents explain the meaning of Santa and get everyone through the turning point of how a child celebrates Christmas.

I wish I had this book around when we had to tell Natalie, but I’m really pleased we will have it around when we have to tell Liam (soon) and Caleb (not too soon, thank God)!! The tradition, magic, and wonder of the Santa story and tradition is such a beautiful one, we all want it to last forever. It represents childhood, goodness, and purity. It’s everything we hope and pray that our kids’ lives will be and have. It’s everything we want to hold on for as long as we possibly can. But, all good things tend to come to an end and this is one of them. That’s why this book is so great and that’s why I can really appreciate it.

Love, Santa By Martha Brockenbrough is illustrated by Lee White and in stores now! For Parents and Kids ages 6-11 (for telling the truth about Santa).

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About the Creators

Martha Brockenbrough is the author of two books for adults and five books for young readers, including The Game of Love and Death, which earned four starred reviews and was a Kirkus Prize finalist, Devine Intervention, and The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters. Visit her online at marthabrockenbrough.com.

Lee White is an artist and teacher who loves watercolor, print making, and climbing trees. He spends his days splashing paint in his backyard studio, where there are absolutely no clocks allowed! He has illustrated more than fifteen books and shown in galleries across the country, from Los Angeles to New York. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and young son.

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When It’s Time To Tell Your Kids About Santa was last modified: December 11th, 2017 by Bill Sweeney

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7 comments

Stacie December 14, 2017 - 7:57 AM

This sounds like a great way to make the Santa transition easier. I wish we’d had it when I had to tell my kids. They did okay, but it was still a bit of a blow to their childhood. =(

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valmg @ Mom Knows It All December 14, 2017 - 7:58 AM

I think each parent will know when it’s time. I was in no rush, I have always loved seeing the magic on their faces. I personally waited until my oldest came to me and asked to talk. My youngest still believes.

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Rosey December 14, 2017 - 8:25 PM

I’ve never told mine they just found out. None of the four were upset until my youngest. He had a cow when he found out at 8.

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Kelly Hutchinson December 14, 2017 - 8:52 PM

I heard about this book recently and thought it was a great idea. It is such a beautiful way for kids to make that transition.

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Carol Cassara December 14, 2017 - 9:08 PM

I can’t remember how my parents revealed to me that there’s really no Santa Claus. But it sure would have been better with a book like this!

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Annemarie LeBlanc December 15, 2017 - 2:39 AM

We told our children very early in life that there is no Big man in a red suit flying around dropping gifts. We clearly explained to them that Santa Claus is a symbol of kindness and giving. We taught them that there is a real St. Nicholas though, who helped the poor children by leaving “gifts” on their doorstep.Best of all, we told our children that the magic of Christmas that makes everyone happy is because of the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Shannon Gurnee December 15, 2017 - 1:58 PM

It’s such a hard thing to do when it comes time to telling your kids about Santa. I love the idea of this book! Thanks for sharing.

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