Santa…Saved By The Book

Posted Dec 3 2012, 3:52 pm in , , , , , , , ,

My kids still believe in Santa Claus. At least I think they do.

And I’m totally good with it. I know some people who say their kids are ‘old enough to know’ and ‘it’s time they knew the truth’. To them, I say, “Why?”

I mean, why ruin the magic? Is there something to gain by telling a child that there is no Santa Claus? Um…no. Once the magic is gone, it’s gone. You can’t get that back. Ever.

I was the youngest of many cousins (and family friends that felt like cousins) so I found out the truth pretty early on. My memories of the occasion are fuzzy, but I remember who was there, who told me, and how totally crushed I was. I think I was seven. (Okay, not totally fuzzy.)

My kids are ten. My daughter has always liked making up stories, playing pretend and generally believing in the unbelievable. (She takes after her mother.) My son is Mr. Science. (He takes after his father.) He has to know how and why. He’s not one for fiction or cartoons, he prefers the Discovery channel. Frankly, the fact that he still believes in Santa is a Christmas miracle all on it’s own.

In fact, a few years ago, Lincoln started asking questions. Really good questions. Like, “How can Santa possibly get to every house in one night? Don’t the reindeer get tired? What about changes in temperature? How does he carry ALL the toys?”


THE book nestled in with our stockings

Lincoln was applying logic, and things weren’t adding up. I panicked because I just wasn’t ready for it to be over. But I didn’t know what I could do about it until I came across…the book.

I’ve credited this book to giving us a few more years of the magic and I’ve recommended it to a lot of my friends. If you have children…and you want them to believe in Santa Claus as long as possible…you NEED this book. And this is why…

This book goes through every part of the Santa in detail. We’re talking, everything. Some of the things the book details include:

  • The north pole and how Santa’s workshop goes undetected.
  • Providing and growing enough food for all the elves and reindeer in such a harsh climate
  • Training the reindeer, how they got their names and how they’re cared for
  • The suit; the special features that keep Santa warm and cool, the material it’s made of
  • The sleigh and all the gadgets that make traveling around the world totally feasible

This book answers every question in a way that’s both magical and at the same time, logical. And it’s a super cool book with fold out pages, envelopes with lists and cool features on every page. It’s become a tradition for us to sit down and read a few pages every night in the weeks leading up to Christmas. I think I look forward to it as much, if not more then they do.

Maybe this will be the last year that my babies believe. But maybe not. Either way…we’ll still read the book together, because there’s magic in that. And as my mom told me all those years ago, “Santa’s real as long as you believe.” I still believe.

So tell me, do you still believe??

And speaking of books…I’m giving them away on my Facebook page! All month I’ll be giving away e-copies of some of my favorite reads from the last year. And to win, all you have to do is hang out with me and take part in the chat! Easy. Check it out.



12 responses to “Santa…Saved By The Book”

  1. I’ve never heard of that book and have a feeling we will soon need it for our grandchildren. They may stop believing but I never will!

    • Elena Aitken says:

      It’s a great book, Patricia.
      I have a feeling my kids have their doubts. But at the very least this book is giving them doubts. And sometimes all you need is a little doubt to let you believe. πŸ™‚

  2. You do not want to hear the answer from the little Jewish girl who was taught — very young — about you know what.


    I was also told to never, ever tell what I knew.

    Or else everyone would hate me.

    It’s funny. I understand the concept of wanting to keep the magic alive, but to me it does seem like an ENORMOUS deception. I’ve never understood it. But then, we didn’t do the Easter Bunny or even The Tooth Fairy. I guess I grew up with a very different sense of faith. That said, I’m glad that you found something to hold onto for another year. I’m with you about the magic in that part! πŸ˜‰

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Renee, I totally get the deception part. Because… Well… It is! But there’s magic in childhood too and for me, this is all part of it. The deception… Wells
      ….I’ll deal with that when it comes because I have a feeling that will be an issue. πŸ˜‰

  3. my kids found out on their own. My poor son got into a fistfight in grade one because he believed. the following year when he found out he was wrong, he was so humiliated, he didn’t want to go to school. I felt so sorry for him. Poor little boy. the girls didn’t take it nearly so hard.

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Ooh grade one is early! And yes… I can imagine the teasing and I worry about that. But… I can’t help it… I want the magic to last. πŸ™‚

  4. Deb says:

    I totally believe πŸ™‚

  5. I believe Santa costs a lot of money. πŸ˜‰

  6. Sue Hollett says:

    I have always said “Those who believe receive” with that said I think my 27 and 26 year old sons still believe I know that I do.

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