How to Break It to Your Kids That Santa Claus Isn't Real

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Intro: How to Break It to Your Kids That Santa Claus Isn't Real

That's it. You're tired of sneaking around the house to hide the presents, telling your child that No, those aren't squirrels in the attic, it's Santa on the roof!, eating the carrots left out for Rudolph (okay, so maybe you still enjoy those cookies for Santa..) and holding your breath every time your kid uses the internet. It's time to let them know the truth. That Santa is fake. A myth. A story. A fraud. Nothing special. Here's how.

Step 1: Method 1: Straight Out

"Listen, Bobby...there's no such thing as Santa Claus. He's not real."
Okay, maybe not the best solution, as it will inevitably end up with crying, shouting, tantrums, a sudden urge for chocolate--er..maybe that's just me. But if it's been long enough, maybe little Bobby will just take it with stride. Reassure Bobby that he is still, in fact, going to receive presents. Once his short attention span takes him back to the television, you are free to sigh with relief.

Step 2: Method 2: the Round-about Way

This is where older siblings come in handy. You just get them to do it! Most likely they won't even need bribing for a chance to break their little brother/sister's dreams. This way, you won't have to break it to poor little Bobby. But sadly, you most likely will have to deal with Bobby's whining and complaining afterwards.

Step 3: Method 3: Use Santa

That's right. Use Santa. And by that, I mean, write a letter. From Santa. Muster up your best Santa handwriting (does that exist?) and write a letter explaining to dear Bobby that Santa has just gotten too old and fat to deliver presents anymore, and therefore he will be sending the presents through his parents. Genius, right? Don't forget to mention in a post-script that its a secret, so don't tell anybody! unless you want Bobby to confuse his classmates. And then you can enjoy angry phone calls from irate parents! Whee!

(Okay, so obviously the letters in the pictures don't say what you should write on them. But look! They're signed by Santa!)

Step 4: Method 4: Distractions.

"Good morning, Bobby, Santa'snotreal, Have some cookies."
Bake cookies, buy ice cream, make a cake, whatever. Offer Bobby some food right after you break it to him so he doesn't have time to absorb this breaking news. Kids have short attention spans, right? Oooh, look, cake...

Step 5: Method 5: Wait It Out

Just wait until Bobby comes up to you someday and asks, "Sammy told me that Santa's not real. Is that true?" Then sit him down and give him an explanation. Refer to Method 1. Don't forget to have an answer prepared for, "But why did you lie to me?" I didn't lie to you, Bobby, I simply let you believe in what you wanted! I still love you! Look, cake.

Step 6: Method 6: Take the Credit.

Did you just have a baby? Planning on getting pregnant? Then make sure you raise baby Bobby right from the beginning. Make sure he understands that it's YOU bringing the presents, not that Santa guy. Sit your child down near the tree and greatly emphasize the motion of moving each present under the tree. Strobe lights and disco music are greatly suggested. Bake cookies and shove them all in your mouth while Bobby's watching. Don't forget to mention that all those other kids who believe in Santa are doofuses. Do not mention that you believed in Santa Claus for the first 15 years of your life.

Step 7: Method 6: Avoid It Altogether.

No, no, Santa's real, what are you talking about? Ignore what the other kids said, they're bumbleheads. Santa's totally real. Who do you think puts the presents under the tree every year? me? HAHAHAHA of course not.

Don't stop, believing...hold onto that feeling!
Play Journey for a couple days. It'll blow over. Bobby will continue to believe in Santa, and you won't have to deal with it. Phew!

Step 8: Tips and Hints

oh, look, Google had just the picture for me.

- ALWAYS have a backup plan, even if it's only "OH NVM I WAS JK LOOK CHOCOLATE"
- Hint at it a bit, maybe by yelling to your spouse "YOU BOUGHT THE PRESENTS RIGHT?"
- Bake some cookies for yourself. Just in case everything else goes wrong, you'll still have cookies.

That's it! Good luck!

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    AAS5

    2 years ago

    Santa isn't real. I've known since I was 8 years-old and 'til this day (As I am 23) am only buying myself and girlfriend/family members' gifts as no mythological man comes to my home every year to deliver me gifts. Sorry to break it to you, but it's a HOAX.

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    pancakes1111AAS5

    Reply 1 year ago

    You are 23 and you have nothing better to do but just be negative towards other people's entitled opinions.

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    Lolly bear

    2 years ago

    Santa is not real because how do one guy go around the wourld in one night?

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    Dank Memes 69

    2 years ago

    I'm 14 and I believe in Santa. So what if he's fake or not. We all have our opinions, and my opinion is that he is real <3

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    pancakes1111SweetNSourSauce

    Reply 1 year ago

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so let people think what they want to think.

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    Gigemgirlvmjhi

    1 year ago

    stupid people who are saying that Santa isn't real he was a shepherd that met baby Jesus so saying that Santa isn't real is saying that the Bible is wrong p.s. People that read this do not trust the Internet because humans that are just saying what pops in to their heads are making it plus a computer is only as smart as the person behind it and the internet is only as smart as a human being and humans suck to be completely honest we are just terrible at times but anyway SANTA CLAUS IS REAL

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    bplloydGigemgirlvmjhi

    Reply 1 year ago

    Ummmm.... Sorry to break it to you but saying that Santa isn't real is EXACTLY like saying that the Bible is wrong [not real]. Time to grow up and get with reality.

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    SantasNotRealGigemgirlvmjhi

    Reply 1 year ago

    Then tell me why do homless people not get gifts from santa. Huh? Exactly the only way they get gifts is from people who are kind hearted to buy gifts for them.

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    MascuH

    2 years ago

    SANTA IS REAL!!!!! I SAW HIM LAST NIGHT ON APRIL 11!!!! HE COMES EVERY NIGHT AND LOOKS JUST LIKE MY DAD WITH A FAKE BEARD!!!

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    SweetNSourSauce

    2 years ago

    Little kids please get off this website, honestly I don't know why you're on here...

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    Gigemgirlvmjhi

    1 year ago

    all of you who say Santa is not real I just have a few words for you

    HATERS

    JERKS

    STUPID PEOPLE

    PEOPLE WHO SAY THE BIBLE IS INCORRECT??????????

    I HATE YOU IF YOU SAY/SAID SANTA

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    AricG1

    2 years ago

    if Santa is int real Thar still is a Santa but in a different form

    Santa is real I sent him my Christmas list and he sent me a letter back cause a kid was bothering me at school my grandma dropt me off at home and I saw a stocking and it said سلطان كعوش that's my name and it said emergency delivery and it said that he bothers everybody and stuff and my parents didn't know about the kid. And on Christmas Eve I went to my grandmas to walk the dogs there was nothing outside I came back and there were presents I read the letter once I was done it dissapered. And it was exactly what I rote in my letter so everybody SANTA IS REAL

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    Your parents most likely read the letter before sending it to the North Pole (they don't even send it they just use it to see what you want)