ivor wrote:Isn't 9 a tad old to still believe in Santa Claus?
No, not here, at least.
With my kids, there's been some variation, but I find that it generally lasts until 5th grade - 10 or 11. Some boys have questions before that, and some may just be playing along with Dad. On the other hand, some of my kids seem a bit confused by my explanation, and take it as confirmation that there Dad says there really is a Santa Claus.
What's my explanation?
Jack Wells, from The Boy Who Hated Santa Claus wrote:“Do you know what Santa Claus is, Liam?”
“You are,” the boy answered, confused by the question.
“No. I'm WHO Santa Claus is. WHAT Santa Claus is is something very different.”
“You see, Liam, Santa Claus doesn't just exist one day of the year, and he doesn't just decide which children have been naughty or nice so he can give them presents. Santa Claus is more than just a person. Santa Claus is there on Christmas when parents give gifts to their children, or when little boys save their money to give a special truck to their father, but he's also there in the spring, when a teacher lets a boy take home a poster he really liked, or when a boy gives half his lunch to someone who dropped theirs.”
“Santa Claus is the spirit of giving, my young friend. He's there whenever someone gives something, not because of what they hope to get back, but just because of the love and joy they get from sharing.”
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