Whether we call him Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Ubaba Ukhisimusi or Wekrisimesi, the man in the red suit is here to stay. No matter one’s beliefs, this time of year has become synonymous with stories of a magical sleigh gliding through the December night sky, a colourfully decorated green tree and – best of all – presents!
But what happens when children start asking questions such as ‘How can Santa visit so many children all over the world in one night?’ or ‘How can reindeer fly?’. There is no specific age at which kids start to wonder about the bearded man. However, when children get to the age of 6 or 7, they start developing critical thinking skills. This is usually when they begin to try and figure out how Father Christmas gets into houses where there are no chimneys. Or, how such a rotund old man, carrying a sack chock-full of goodies, can squeeze his way through an opening into which they would barely fit. Or, the even more challenging question: ‘Mary at school says there is no Father Christmas. Mom…?’.
We don’t want to spoil the fun. So, the team from TastyMoments have come up with a plan to make the mystery and excitement of the festive season part of your child’s reality. How?
Here’s an idea for you to try at dinner tonight. Pop an Ital Pizza Familia in the oven and gather the family around the table for the big chat. To start, remind your children that they have grown up a lot this year. Tell them that when they were little, you wanted them to experience the joy of generosity. And, to make the concept easier to understand, Santa was created to teach little people about the joy of giving. Explain that now that they’ve experienced it first-hand, they will be able to understand how much pleasure it can bring to others. Say that you can see that the kindness in them has equally grown – and that it is time for them to become a special kind of Santa themselves.
Speak about the importance of a generosity of spirit. Giving does not always have to involve a physical gift. Explain that giving of yourself is, in fact, a much bigger present than something someone could eat or drink or play with. A spontaneous visit to grandma and her friends in the retirement home or weeding the old man’s garden across the road are all great gifts which will be deeply appreciated. Lead by example if you can. Why not bake a batch of cookies for your kids to take to the nurses at the clinic? Or take them to help out at the Animal Rescue Centre?
Also, ask your new little Santa whether he or she would like to regift a few toys that they have outgrown. Fluffy toys can be washed, and a ribbon can be tied to the handle of the forgotten, plastic push-bike standing in the garage. A book could be wrapped, and that previous generation mobile phone will no doubt be appreciated by someone else.
Your youngster is now ready to spread festive cheer year-round. But, just remind him or her that all their classmates might not have been given the opportunity to be transformed into mini Santa’s yet – and that it may be a good idea for their classmates to discover Santa’s lessons for themselves. Now allow them to jingle those bells and make an extra sandwich for the girl with no lunch box. Merry season all!
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