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Santa Letters: But mummy, I want to ask the REAL Santa…

Santa letters; what should I do or say here?

Santa letters; what should I do or say here?

Christmas, Christmas…its a time of joy, tinsel, drink, and rather a lot of flannelling…at least as the kids get older, the flannelling starts to make me feel I have taken up residence in a bad 70s sitcom.

At 5 and 7, my two little lovelies adore all that is Santa, and still strongly believe. Last year, Chatterbox made sure that the floor was super tidy from the chimney to the tree, so that he didn’t trip up after he got out…

This year, we have had Stuntboy already asking whether he exists or not, and as usual mummy says:

“Well, what do you think?”

And thankfully, we aren’t at the stage when his answer is:

“Actually mummy, its all a big fib that all you adults play along with…”

Thank God. When that does happen, I am not too sure how to handle it. I preferred when Stuntboy asked Where babies come from?, at least that is something I have a proper answer for, well sort of.

So imagine my horror when my little Chatterbox wants to get Santa to answer a question for her…she wants to ask him:

“How do you get around to everyone in one night?”

And its not enough that I have said, “its magic”, she has to ask him herself.

She is going to write a letter to him, paper clip it into her stocking so she knows he will get it. She will include a sparkly pencil so he can give her a sparkly answer, while he is filling her stocking with all the lovely goodies that the Elves have made for her.

So lovely people, what’s the answer for this most important of Santa Letters? What will Santa say? How does he get around the world in one night? How does Santa actually write anyway, and do they have special Elf paper I should be aware of? Help?!!??!

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Bob Brotchie

Saturday 15th of December 2012

Yep, the most recent comments are a fit for what happened some years ago when out walking the dog with my then 7 year old son.

I wanted to provide some form of explanation that would leave us parents with perhaps at least a little integrity , but also something that was compassionate to his beliefs...aware as I was of the impending inevitability of the playground banter that would be soon blowing the whole caboodle! :-(

Yes, I'm afraid that despite, in my mind what I was to say next was brilliant, and I must have been the very first parent to consider this oh, so smart response, that it really is that Santa - as God, was in here - *points to heart area*

The thing is, it seems the matter was never raised again. It just seemed to magically disappear - just as mysteriously as Santa first appeared :-)

Now I'm going through the same conundrum for the third time; he's approaching 7 and all is well...just :-)

Catherine Kelly

Friday 14th of December 2012

Zoe (age 10) asked my Dad directly earlier in the week if he believed in Father Christmas. He said of course he did. I asked her if she did and the answer was an emphatic "yes!", I then said "Why, were there some people who don't?" & she said her friend doesn't. Then I asked Phoebe (age 3) if she believed in him, just to make it look like I was being balanced ;-) So we still seem to be OK, which I'm slightly amazed at! Was kind of wondering whether she's at all suspicious but not wanting to see anything else, whether she knows and is completely acting in case she doesn't get any presents, or whether she still does entirely believe it, but the way the conversation went I think she still believes. Was sure she would suspect something this year and think she'll be rather fun when she does with joining in the secret with the younger two :-) Obviously will have to tell her for next year, if she doesn't work it out by then...

Catherine Kelly

Friday 14th of December 2012

NORAD tracks Santa website has the following explanation, if it helps at all! ;-)

(There are also good sites wrt the Tooth Fairy, etc. along similar lines!)

"About Santa

Santa keeps a long list of children who have been good throughout the year. His list grows longer each year due to the world's increasing population. Check out the world’s population right now.

Though his list gets longer, Santa still has to deliver all of the presents in the same amount of time. If one were to assume he works in the realm of standard time, he would need to limit his stay to about three ten-thousandths of a second per home!

Santa Claus is more than 16 centuries old, yet he does not appear to age at all. This is our biggest clue that he does not work within time as we know it. His whole trip may appear to us as taking only 24 hours, but to Santa it may last days, weeks or even months in standard time!

Santa would never rush the important job of distributing presents to children and spreading holiday cheer to everyone, so the only logical conclusion is that Santa functions within a different time-space continuum than the rest of us. Santa is a true mystery to us all!

Is he real?

Based on historical data and more than 50 years of NORAD tracking information, we believe that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of children throughout the world.

Santa Claus is known by many names, including Saint Nick. Historians claim that the history of Santa starts with the tradition of Saint Nicholas, a 4th century Christian priest who lived in the Middle East and became famous for his kindness. He was known for giving gifts to the less fortunate, sprinkling gifts of gold down people's chimneys, and for hiding surprises in their stockings.

It may be that the Santa we know today emerged from the legacy of Saint Nicholas. Clearly, Santa's basic approach to gift giving is strikingly similar. Could they be the same person? Only Santa Claus knows for sure!

Long before the Wright brothers flew the first airplane or the Montgolfier brothers launched the first hot air balloon, Santa had to find a way to travel from house to house at great speed. We know from our Santa Cam images that Santa’s choice for quick transportation was a herd of flying reindeer. Detailed information on these reindeer remains elusive; we do know, however, that Santa enlisted the reindeer to help him with his worldwide mission of gift-giving. A veil of sweet mystery hides the rest."


Friday 14th of December 2012

Cheers, my dear - I am liking the magical dust and travelling through time possible combo coming here! :-)

Alison Pinney

Friday 14th of December 2012

very special magic dust ;-)


Friday 14th of December 2012

I like it!


Friday 14th of December 2012

Santa travels through time! Stockings need separate wrapping paper, any paper is fine for letters, so long as it is not found in your house! Santa needs lots of time to make the presents so last minute requests can not be met! This all works till some smart kid at school delivers the *It's your parents silly* blow! then you begin the *He's real if you believe he is* thing! Oh the joys of parenting!


Friday 14th of December 2012

Thanks so much, Fiona - I am working already on my "he's real if you believe he is" face already! ;-)

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