As a child, we can all remember the palpable anticipation the night of Christmas Eve, trying to calm down enough to get some shuteye.
The same goes for parents. Watching the children fumble down the stairs to see what Santa Claus has brought, and their eyes light up when they see colorfully wrapped presents abound under the Christmas tree — it's a special moment.
The time will come, though, when questions arise about how exactly the big jolly guy does it: "So, Santa flies around the world in one night on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, somehow breaks into millions of homes and neatly stashes presents under trees? And, he still finds time to drink that milk and eat those cookies left out for him?"
Parenting experts agree it can be a tough conversation. Parenting.com cited an expert who said when the question is first raised, it’s best to tell the truth. Meanwhile, a San Francisco Chronicle parenting blogger says if your child is young enough, lie through your teeth.
Breaking the news can mark the end of a fun parenting chapter and a bit of magic associated with Christmas for children. When is it best to break the news about Santa?