Christmas is a magical time, especially for children, but there comes a moment in every kid’s life when the doubt begins to creep in. Where do presents really come from? Who really is that jolly white-bearded guy? And how does he get down the chimney when you live in an apartment block? Telling your kids the truth about Santa is almost like killing Christmas for them, but one family have found a heart-warming way to reveal the truth about Mr Claus without being a Grinch about it.
“In our family, we have a special way of transitioning the kids from receiving from Santa, to becoming a Santa,” wrote Leslie Rush, a high school history teacher from El Paso, Texas. “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.” Leslie wrote the story over ten years ago but it’s still as relevant today as it ever was. Scroll down to see for yourself.