As one who has worked with children virtually all my adult life, this question has come up. I have had younger students very boldly come out and ask me about Santa Claus. I will tell you how I answered later. For now, I am curious what you all think. For those who have children or have young nieces and nephews or are close to your friends' kids what do you think the policyabout Santa Claus should be?
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Just be honest.
Christmas is the day they get a good dinner and lots of presents. And Santa Claus is funny but no more real than Donald Duck.
In Belgium both are mixed up and it gets complicated:
Saint Nicholas -Sinterklaas- looks like a bishop, comes on Dec 6.
Sinterklaas and his black slave reward the good kids, punish the bad kids, put them in a bag and take them away. The black slave Zwarte Piet, is a kind of bogeyman but is nice with the good kids, giving little sweets, weeks in advance some times.
and then there's Christmas on Dec 24 eve. Thus kids cash twice :)
Santa Claus (père Noël, Kerstman) is a nice guy, looking like the American Santa Claus.0