The Santa Revelation: Teaching Kids the Joy of Selfless Giving

Hey, parents! Ever wondered how to handle the “Santa truth” talk with your kids? In the story that follows, one dad’s approach redefines Santa as the spirit of selfless giving. Discover a heartwarming tale that turns a pivotal moment into a timeless lesson. It’s about inspiring your little ones to become Santas themselves, spreading joy through anonymous acts of kindness.

Son: “Dad, I think I’m old enough now. Is there a Santa Claus?”

Dad: “OK, I agree that you are old enough. But before I tell you, I have a question for you. You see, the “truth” is a dangerous gift. Once you know something, you can’t un-know it. Once you know the truth about Santa Claus, you will never again understand and relate to him as you do now. So my question is: Are you sure you want to know?”

[Brief pause…]

Son: “Yes, I want to know.”

Dad: “OK, I’ll tell you: Yes there is a Santa Claus

Son: “Really?”

Dad: Yes, really, but he’s not an old man with a beard in a red suit. That’s just what we tell kids. You see, kids are too young to understand the true nature of Santa Claus, so we explain it to them in a way that they can understand. The truth about Santa Claus is that he’s not a person at all; he’s an idea.

Think of all those presents Santa gave you over the years. I bought those myself. I watched you open them. And did it bother me that you didn’t thank me? Of course not! It gave me great pleasure. You see, Santa Claus is THE IDEA OF GIVING FOR THE SAKE OF GIVING, without thought of thanks or acknowledgment. When I saw that woman collapse on the subway last week and called for help, I knew that she’d never know that it was me who summoned the ambulance.  I was being Santa Claus when I did that.”

Son: “Oh.”

Dad: “So now that you know, you’re part of it. You have to be Santa Claus too now. That means you can never tell a young kid the secret, and you have to help us select Santa presents for them, and most importantly, you have to look for opportunities to help people. Got it?”

Join us in embracing this beautiful perspective and spreading the joy of being Santa Claus in each of our own special ways.