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How to keep your child believing in Santa Claus

Updated on July 15, 2012

Your child wants to have the talk

It's getting cold outside. Most of the trees have shed their leaves. The RV's are going south for the winter. You ask your child if he/she has written his/her letter to Santa yet? Your child says "I don't believe in Santa Claus anymore." So now you know it's time for the talk. It's time for you to make the decision to let your child go on not believing, or do you want to try to run a little interference for Santa for just one more year?

If you choose to put Santa out of business, then read no further. You obviously feel that it's time for your child to grow up. There's nothing wrong with this.

Personally, I just like to keep the inocence factor going for as long as I can.

The following are a few ways you might be able to keep your child believing in Santa Claus for one more year.


Well duhh. There has to be magic. Reindeer can't fly without magic. Santa can't get into every home without magic. Having no magic isn't an option. But, magic can only carry you so far. Using too much magic can make the story less believable. You need to mix in a little education, modern technology and logic to go with the magic.

Reindeer clean-up crew

Why you never see Reindeer poo.
Why you never see Reindeer poo.

Santa FAQs

Your child may try to use questions of simple logic to prove that Santa doesn't exist.

Questions like, how can Santa fly around the world and deliver all those presents in just a few hours?

Answer; Santa has a lot more than a few hours. He goes by time zones to make deliveries. There are 24 time zones on earth and therefore Santa has 24 hours to get to all the presents delivered.

Q; How can Santa carry all the presents in such a small sleigh?

A; Santa doesn't carry every thing all at once. He has warehouses filled with toys at the North and South Poles where elves (like a NASCAR pit crew) check, make adjustments, reload, and get the sleigh ready for the next time zone trip.

Q; How can Santa find my house in the dark?

A; Santa uses his GPS. (Global Positioning Sleigh) The sleigh communicates with satellites all around the world and automatically updates its position 300 times every second. The sleigh also keeps Santa continuously updated 200 times every second on which children have been naughty or nice.

Q; How can Santa know if I've been bad?

A; Santa Net. Santa has a team of security elves monitoring thousands of computers. They see everything you do online on your computer. Santa also has the SSS (Santa's Secret Service) helpers all around the world reporting directly to him. These helpers make the naughty and nice list, keep the list updated and otherwise, just keep an eye on things in general.

Cookies and milk?

Your child may ask you why they need to leave cookies and milk for Santa.

Santa needs all the cookies and milk he can get. Climbing down and up chimneys takes a lot of energy. Santa spends most of the year putting on extra weight so that he will have the ability to stand up to the physical and caloric needs of making several trips around the world at Supersonic speeds. As soon as Santa leaves the North Pole, his metabolism starts rising and he starts burning off the extra weight. Santa and the Reindeer need the cookies and milk to keep up their energy during the trip. It doesn't necessarily have to be cookies and milk. Just about anything sweet will do. Santa loves cake and coffee or candy and cola. He also loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and root-beer.

He knows if you are sleeping

Your child may ask "why do I need to be asleep when Santa comes?"

Santa doesn't leave the North Pole until midnight. All good children should be in bed and sleeping by that time. If your not at least trying to sleep then you get moved to the naughty list. Santa has a lot to do and doesn't need any distractions in order for him to be able to stay focused. If Santa finds that you are awake, he will skip your home and move to the next home on the list. If there is enough time after all the other deliveries have been made, he may be able to swing back by your home. Do you want to take a chance that Santa may not be able to get back to you?

If you really were asleep and just happened to wake up and catch him, you don't get put on the naughty list. Santa understands. Accidents happen.

Santa calls

 You can also have Santa to call your child. There are services that (for a small fee) will have Santa call your children. I've never used any of these services, so I don't know what all is involved with setting up the call.

Or you could have a friend at work (someone your children don't know or recognise) play Santa, call and leave a message on your voicemail for your children.

Sneeky, underhanded little trick

I have grey hair and a full grey beard. When I go shopping, sometimes I get questioning stares from young children in the malls and parking lots. When I notice that I'm being watched, I pull out a small note pad and pen. I then give the child a wink and act like I'm writing in the note pad. I get a kick out of these children suddenly start helping their mothers and being very good children in general.

Some assembly required.

Unless it's something like Legos, or a toy that putting it together is intended to be part of the fun, then it shouldn't be from Santa. IMOHO Santa's toys should be ready to play with right out of the box. If your children wake up and catch you trying to put Santa's present together using directions that were translated into your language by someone whom doesn't really understand your language can be a major red flag as to Santa's true identity.

In closing

These have just been a few ideas that you can use to help Santa out for another year.

I'm sure you have a few ideas of your own. If you feel up to it, I would love to hear them.


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      Craig Stapley 

      6 years ago

      What if Santa wrote back? You would think that this is the guy that can visit every house in one night and make reindeer fly... why cant he respond when kids write him. sends believable letters from the big guy himself. Check it out.

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      George S McChristian 

      8 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      Thanks Marc; Sounds like you've got Santa covered for a little while longer. And not just for your children, but for your extended family too. Good job!

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      8 years ago

      I know a lot of people that are going to to purchase personalized letters and a cute Nice List Certificate directly from Santa. They have a great service, and it's pretty low cost as well. I purchased a few for my kids, nieces and nephew. They all loved it and kept believing in Santa an extra couple years.

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      George S McChristian 

      8 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      Amy, that sounds like a fine idea. Just don't leave them beside the road too long, or someone else might find them. Let me know how it works out.

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      8 years ago

      my gurls said they dont believe or my 6 year said she knows i get her the gifts. to young! so before xmas when they aren't think anything will gonna leave wrapped gifts on the side of the rd adn we will drive by and omg what that...the gifts will have their names on them.. hoping this gives me one more year...i have a two year old..

    • benobleinlife profile image


      9 years ago from Unites States

      My kids would say $1 per tooth, but I have a niece who would say $20.

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      George S McChristian 

      9 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      benobleinlife, Thanks for reading my hubs.

      Maybe I could put a little side spin on the Tooth fairy.

      Simplicity is more easy to believe.

      St Nick aka Santa Clause was a real living person at one time. He was very generous and a lot of fantasies grew from that. Christmas only comes one specific day each year. The stories overlap from one family to the next. One country to the next. Each has their own version of the story. How can Santa do all these amazing things? It gets complicated.

      Now, the Tooth fairy on the other hand, can come any night of the year, many times a year. Doesn't have to carry a heavy load of toys and coal. He/She takes a tooth and leaves money. Very simple, very easy to believe. The only real variable is how much money. My teeth were worth 10 cents each. That was about 50 years ago. What are teeth worth now?

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      9 years ago from Unites States

      My kids growing up knew that a St Nick existed, and that he gave children gifts, but I couldn't let them be disappointed. I had seen too many children get heartbroken by the truth. (Especially a couple of my siblings.) But for some reason they still believe in the tooth fairy. I still haven't figured this one out. But I will say they are old enough to know better!

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      George S McChristian 

      10 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      Hi cmane, thanks for the comment.

      The 1 present & gotto believe rules are great tips. That would help cut Santa's work load.

      I could be wrong, but your eldest may be scamming you for the extra present. Smart kid.

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      10 years ago from Australia

      Some good tips,thanks.

      I was asked by my eldest son why some kids get heaps of gifts and others only get a couple,as we always go overboard with the kids prezzies at christmas i told him that santa brings only one present to each child,mum and dad get the rest this way they learn a little appreciation.

      The rule is in our family,Santa only comes to those who believe! My eldest is nearly eleven and he still hasn't "told" me that he doesn't believe,although I know he suspects it.......

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      George S McChristian 

      10 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      @ 2patricias. I don't believe you did the job too well. What ever you said or did worked. Santa needs all the help he can get, & you gave him a new generation! That's the ultimate gift for Santa.

      I haven't been to the websites. They are probably OK, but I'd be worried about spy-ware if they ask for more than your zip code.

      Thanks for reading my ramblings.

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      10 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      We have 4 children between us, all of whom are over 25. They all claim to believe in Santa Claus - maybe we did the job too well (lol).

      By the way, for the part few years there has been a Santa Claus website on Christmas Eve, showing his travel plans.


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