It's a sad day for many parents when your kids stop believing in the magic of Santa Claus. But one mom just made it possible to feel happier about that difficult conversation and the start of a new, Santa-free era.
Charity Hutchinson, a mother of two young boys, is the one who posted about the genius solution on Facebook, but she actually got the idea from another mom, Leslie Rush. Feeling saddened and at a loss for words when one of her nephews disappointedly told her that he no longer believed in Santa, Hutchinson recalled Rush's great idea.
"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," she encouraged parents to tell their kids.
"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," Hutchinson added.
Brilliant, right? Hutchinson later made a follow-up post to give credit for the idea to Rush, whose sons are adults now.
We love the idea of making kids think they've suddenly been invited to join a secret club. Plus, don't you just adore moms who share their brilliant tips with other parents? We do, too!