Why do so many 11 year olds still believe in Santa?
Simple. Because it’s too magical not too.
Whilst we know that the average age that children start to question Santa is more like 4 – “is he really true”, “do the reindeer really fly”, “how could he really get to every child in the whole world in one night” etc. The general belief and willingness to believe remains on for much longer. It’s almost like being let in on the secret can heighten the magic for children. It’s the creation of the present list and the talk of the North Pole, the Reindeer who fly through the night sky, the wonder of how it could possibly all be done in one night and those mystical jingling bells and twinkling lights. It all feels too good to let go of totally.
So in order to keep the magic of Santa alive in your household we’ve done a bit of research and pulled together a few really simple ideas and some inspiration for you. Whatever you have time and resource for this Christmas, doing something that delivers Santa magic is sure to deliver back to you in spades!
The present that your child only tells Santa about, and then it arrives in their Christmas stocking! This is orchestrated while your children have their Santa photo taken and share with Santa their hopes for Christmas presents. It’s just a cheeky ask to Santa’s elves (standing within earshot) to repeat back to you what they said!
“Santa would never give you that darling” and then when it arrives the child can say “see Mum I knew he would”
Remember laying away on Christmas Eve not wanting to go to sleep … imagine if you hear just a little jingle of bells outside your window, even the faintest of sounds?! Send your partner (or yourself) outside as the children lay dosing late at night and jingle some little bells – just a couple of times would be enough, it’s got to be magical!