The Santa Dilemma: When Older Siblings Know The Truth

by Tara Saltzburg

Hey There,

Believing in Santa is just one of the many holiday traditions that make the holiday season special. The magic of Santa is a unique celebration of innocence, but once kids know the truth, that magic is gone forever. I don't know about you, but I want to keep Santa alive as long as I can! Unfortunately, it can get a little tricky when older siblings or cousins know the truth about the big man and younger kids still believe in flying reindeer and a man who can fly around the world in one night.

Here are 3 tips to keep the magic alive for just a little longer...

1. Prep the Big Kids

From holiday parties to family get-togethers, chances are there will be younger kids who still believe in Santa. Whether it’s their own younger siblings or younger cousins, older kids need to know to keep their lips zipped. If they don't feel comfortable lying about Santa, you can have them leave the conversation or talk about past gifts they enjoyed getting from Santa. Most importantly, big kids should know they're not to ruin the Santa story for anyone else.


2. Feel The Spirit Of Santa

It's important to stress that although Santa may not be real, there's more to the tradition than just a big man in a red suit; it's the idea of generosity that's more important. Help older kids feel the spirit of Santa by dropping off cans at a food bank or choosing gifts for a needy family. Not only is it a great way to encourage giving, but it’s a fun way to spend a little quality time with older kids who might otherwise be independent. 

3. Get Them Involved

Many older kids will even enjoy being in on the Santa secret. Allow them to help pick out presents and get them involved in the wrapping (plus, cut your workload!). If you have an "Elf On The Shelf," let them get in on the action and come up with creative ideas for the Elf's nightly move. 

Regardless of Santa, Christmas can be a truly magical time for everyone.  By giving your older children the holiday 4-1-1 before you find yourself in a difficult situation, you may be able to keep the spirit of Santa alive for everyone.

Have you dealt with this tricky situation? What are your tips? Let us know in the comments!


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Tara Saltzburg

About The Author

Tara Saltzburg founded Westyn Baby when her son was an infant battling severe eczema. She was always on the lookout for products that would minimize the irritation and ease his discomfort, but safe, non-irritating pajamas proved difficult to find. Tara started Westyn Baby in 2016 with a mission to create better, safer sleepwear for kids - sleepwear that's exceptionally soft, flame-retardant free, sensitivity-friendly, and durable. Read more about WB sleepwear.

Tara was born and raised at the NJ shore and attended Penn State University, where she played soccer and discovered her love of mountain life. She is a mom of one boy and hopes to eventually have enough kids to form some sort of athletic team. She and her family currently reside in Central Pennsylvania and spend the summers in Stone Harbor, NJ.