Mother Shares Amazing Secret of Being A Santa Tradition
Cailyn Finkel 12/9/2016
Christmas is a magical time that's designed to spread love, happiness, the story of Jesus, and to bring the entire family together - for many children, it's the best time of year!
One of the most recognizable symbols of those wonderful holiday traits is Santa Claus. Santa's jolly demeanor and sole purpose of spreading Christmas cheer is something children all around the world love and admire.
Unfortunately, as kids get older, doubt begins to fill their minds and the idea of whether Santa is real or not starts takes shape...
Warning: Make sure no little eyes read any further into this story!
When this time of questioning arises, one mother named Charity Hutchinson suggests letting them be a part of the "Secret of Being a Santa." This amazing tradition helps children understand what it takes to be a Santa, as well as what it means to truly give selflessly!
Charity shared her family's heartwarming "Secret of Being a Santa" tradition on the Love What Matters Facebook page:
"In our family, we have a special way of transitioning the kids from receiving from Santa, to becoming a Santa. This way, the Santa construct is not a lie that gets discovered, but an unfolding series of good deeds and Christmas spirit.
When they are 6 or 7, whenever you see that dawning suspicion that Santa may not be a material being, that means the child is ready.
I take them out "for coffee" at the local wherever. We get a booth, order our drinks, and the following pronouncement is made:
'You sure have grown an awful lot this year. Not only are you taller, but I can see that your heart has grown, too. (Point out 2-3 examples of empathetic behavior, consideration of people's feelings, good deeds, etc..., the kid has done in the past year).
In fact, your heart has grown so much that I think you are ready to become a Santa Claus.'"
"'You probably have noticed that most of the Santas you see are people dressed up like him. Some of your friends might have even told you that there is no Santa. A lot of children think that, because they aren't ready to BE a Santa yet, but YOU ARE.
Tell me the best things about Santa.
What does Santa get for all of his trouble? [lead the kid from 'cookies' to the good feeling of having done something for someone else]. Well, now YOU are ready to do your first job as a Santa!'
Make sure you maintain the proper conspiratorial tone.
We then have the child choose someone they know - a neighbor, usually. The child's mission is to secretly, deviously, find out something that the person needs, and then provide it, wrap it, deliver it - and never reveal to the target where it came from.
Being a Santa isn't about getting credit, you see. It's unselfish giving.
My oldest chose the 'witch lady' on the corner. She really was horrible - had a fence around the house and would never let the kids go in and get a stray ball or Frisbee. She'd yell at them to play quieter, etc..., [she was] a real pill.
He noticed when we drove to school that she came out every morning to get her paper in bare feet, so he decided she needed slippers. So then he had to go spy and decide how big her feet were. He hid in the bushes one Saturday, and decided she was a medium.
We went to Kmart and bought warm slippers. He wrapped them up, and tagged it, 'Merry Christmas from Santa.'
After dinner one evening, he slipped down to her house, and slid the package under her driveway gate. The next morning, we watched her waddle out to get the paper, pick up the present, and go inside. My son was all excited, and couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The next morning, as we drove off, there she was, out getting her paper - wearing the slippers. He was ecstatic.
I had to remind him that NO ONE could ever know what he did, or he wouldn't be a Santa.
Over the years, he chose a good number of targets, always coming up with a unique present just for them. One year, he polished up his bike, put a new seat on it, and gave it to one of our friend's daughters. These people were and are very poor. We did ask the dad if it was ok. The look on her face, when she saw the bike on the patio with a big bow on it, was almost as good as the look on my son's face.
When it came time for Son #2 to join the ranks, my oldest came along, and helped with the induction speech. They are both excellent gifters, by the way, and never felt that they had been lied to - because they were let in on the Secret of Being a Santa."
Letting the child into this precious secret is a big deal - and it needs to be handled with the utmost care! The "Secret of Being a Santa" conversation is one that they will remember forever!
This amazing tradition is an easy way to keep the spirit of Santa alive in your own home, not matter the age of your children!
If you have a similar (or better) way of breaking the news to little ones, please share it in the Facebook comments section - parents of young ones could definitely benefit from some guidance!
Sources: Facebook/Love What Matters / FB Image CreditFacebook/Charity Hutchinson