Spoiler alert! There may be some issues here that your children are not ready to hear.
There comes a time in a child’s life when Santa becomes just a fictional character, and the harsh truth of reality sets in. When trying to explain to your child that Santa is just a made up phenomenon to excite little girls and boys at Christmas time, subtle hints may be best. Children learn all about Santa from a young age and they are constantly embedded with the idea that he is real from then on. With symbols of Santa plastered everywhere, it only allows enforces this ideology that many children love to cling too.
As the child grows parents start to wonder about the question, “When do I tell my child that Santa is not real?” A child reaches a certain age, which differs with each child, when it becomes unhealthy for them to continue to believe in a fictional person. Preteen is an ideal age for a parent to tell their child that Santa isn’t real. Although every parent must face this stage at some point in their life, a key fact to remember is to make sure that they don’t get told too early by the other children on the playground. If your child starts to ask you questions on whether or not he is real, this is an ideal time for the truth to come out. If you plan on telling your child that Santa isn’t real this Christmas, try and drop hints before Christmas time and not during the holiday season. Try and avoid telling a child the truth about Santa too early or too late and do not tell them during the holiday season.
Have a Merry Christmas this holiday season, and remember, do what is best for the sake of your child. You are the parent and nobody knows your child like you, if you think they are ready they probably are!