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How to Get the Most Out of "Santa Claus"

By Kacy Faulconer |

I know you might feel conflicted about the whole “Santa” thing. These days parents think really seriously about the ethics of lying to our kids. I respect that. But really, just do it. It’s fun. I’m not saying lying is OK if it’s fun. I’m saying that in the specific case of Santa Claus you should help perpetuate the myth because it’s fun.

I fully believed in Santa Claus until 4th grade. At that time I discovered a stash of presents in my mom’s room. That’s when I knew. I wasn’t crushed and I didn’t feel betrayed. I was just stoked to be getting a corduroy blazer for Christmas! (It was the the 80s.)

Once you’ve grappled with the ethics and decided to get on board with the great Santa deception, you may as well make the most of it. After all, YOU are buying the presents. YOU are staying up late. YOU are dividing the Christmas candy evenly between the stockings to prevent disputes. Therefore, YOU need to be on the receiving end of some good behavior. Start now–Another phrase might be “start milking it now.”

Here’s a little advice on getting the most out of the myth, after the jump.

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How to Get the Most Out of

Ramp Up References to Santa

Start to occasionally reference Santa when your kids don't obey you. You can ramp up these references consistently until Christmas Eve. Act like you're on their side though, so you get to be good cop to Santa's bad cop. Say things like, "I hope Santa didn't hear that. . . " And if you have a problem being manipulative like this then you've probably never had your preschooler call you on your bluff to keep them home from school if they don't put on their shoes.
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4 thoughts on “How to Get the Most Out of "Santa Claus"

  1. Carly says:

    It was you who told me that Santa is not real. You said “think about it logically: a man in a red suit flies all over the world giving kids to every single kid all in one night? He slides down chimneys? Reindeer pull his sleigh through the sky?” And that’s when I knew it wasn’t true. I was just 11 years old.

  2. Kacy Faulconer says:

    Sorry for crushing your spirit, but you were about to start Jr. High. Someone had to do it.

  3. cynthia says:

    I think there is a huge difference between perpetuating a fun tradition and “lying” to your kids. In my book, lying involves keeping a hurtful secret or supressing something that should be made right. Encouraging your kids to believe in Santa for awhile, while they can still comprehend the idea of magic is sweet. I believed in Santa, but I wasn’t devastated when I figured it out. I do think the years that I have memories of really believing the unbelievable are priceless to me. You just never get that back (yeah, this subject has kept me up at night… ;-)

  4. Shelley Fosse says:

    My kids only get one gift and their, relatively skimpy, stockings from Santa because I WANT CREDIT. Yep, I want them to be thankful to ME for all their Christmas goodness. But I think I can still apply some of your ideas, I’ll just switch out “me” for “Santa.”

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