[quote=Kay Cee]This is how I handled it.
First, I sat my daughter down when her sister was not around. I told her I wanted to talk to her about Santa Claus. I told her there really is a Santa Claus, but he wasn’t exactly what she thought he was.
I explained that Santa is anybody who is so joyful at Christmas that he gives a present secretly, without taking credit for it. I explained that there are many people around the world who are Santa, like those who give to Toys for Tots. I pointed out that she herself was Santa every year when she helped me pick out a present for our local Angel Tree.
Then I told her, “Daddy and I are inviting you to help us be Santa this year. After your sister falls asleep, we’ll come get you, and you can help fill the stockings. Be sure you don’t tell your sister because part of being Santa is keeping the secret.”
Well, she absolutely ate it up.
Nowadays, my younger daughter also knows the “secret,” and they takes turns being Santa (and the Easter Bunny).
If your daughter doesn’t have any younger siblings, you can still get a present for a child via an Angel Tree or something similar. That way, she not only gets to experience being Santa but she also learns one of the things Christmas is really about.
What a wonderful way to approach the situation. I don’t understand why parents wait until their children figure it out for themselves.That has always seemed cruel to me. I would not want my child to have other kids, as insensitive as other kids are, be the ones to explain Santa to them.