Illustration: Liz Climo
I remember when I stopped believing in Santa. As rumors circulated the school, I did the math and realized some “facts” didn’t add up. When I confronted my parents on the subject, they confirmed my suspicions. While I still had a younger sister for whom I had to keep the secret, I felt duped. I know my parents’ intentions were good, but I felt a tad jaded.
However, one parent took a different approach. When she detected an inkling of disbelief in her kids, she took them out for a treat and had the talk. In her mind, that child was now old enough to “become a Santa.” Instead of just receiving gifts from Santa, they assumed the responsibility of bestowing gifts on people in their lives. The catch? The gift recipients must never find out that the child is Santa.
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