Do you remember how you found out the truth about Santa Claus? Each of us treasures a story (more or less beautiful), which in some way we recall every Christmas. However, parents often do not know how to get this right. Is it better to tell them who Santa Claus really is or is it best for them to find out? A teacher from the United States has counted a beautiful story for children who doubt about Santa Claus and your magic go through this 'trance' in the most gentle and pleasant way.
A few years ago the post of a user named Charity Hutchinson was popularized on Facebook, in which she recounted the tradition in the family of the teacher from El Paso (Texas) Leslie Rush. Although it became popular a few years ago, it is still valid and may inspire some parents who want to tell their children the reality about Santa Claus.
In this viral publication, the teacher tells that her family has a very curious habit to that children go from believing in Santa Claus to becoming him. As he explains, it is usually carried out when the little ones in the family are between 6 and 7 years old or when the child shows signs that he suspects that the Old Man might not be real.
The strategy is to take them out for a snack at a cafeteria and tell them:
'You have grown a lot this year. Not only are you taller, but your heart has grown too (You can mention some examples of empathic or considerate behavior with others that the child has had in the last year). In fact, your heart has grown so much that I think you are ready to become Santa Claus. '
'You may have noticed that most of the Santa Claus you see are people in disguise. Some of your friends may have told you that it doesn't exist. Many children believe it, because They're not ready to be Santa just yet. But you do. '
The idea of this little speech is for children to understand that Santa Claus can also be themselves, so the magic and illusion of Christmas is never lost.
But the best thing about this viral story is that it encourages children to be generous at Christmas. Next, the teacher proposes that the child choose a person from your environment to do your first job as Santa Claus. 'The child's mission is to find out in secret about something that person needs, get what they want, wrap it up and give it to them without ever revealing where it came from. Being Santa Claus is not a question of getting accolades. It means giving altruistically. '
The teacher, who carried out this strategy with her eldest son, says that the boy chose as his first mission as Santa Claus an older neighbor, one of those ladies with the appearance of a witch and not very friendly to children. The boy watched her and realized that every morning I went out to pick up the newspaper barefoot, so he decided that he was going to give her some slippers to be at home. One night after dinner, they were left at the door for you to find.
'The next morning,' says the teacher, 'when we drove the car past her door, there she was, picking up the newspaper in her slippers at home! The child was ecstatic with happiness. '
As the years passed, the son of the protagonist of this story followed this tradition of giving gifts to different people who he believed would need them. 'One year he fixed his bicycle, put a new chair on it and a friend's daughter gave it to him. This family was very poor. The expression on her face when the girl saw the bicycle in the yard, with a big bow, was almost as good as my son's face. '
The objective of this teacher when invite the children to discover the secret of Santa Claus it is to help them understand reality in a softer, less abrupt way. By making them part of this story, consider that the little ones are not going to feel cheated, but rather happy and proud to be Santa Claus themselves, a figure that until then they revered.
Furthermore, it is indisputable that with this strategy we give children a lesson in generosity. By encouraging them to give gifts to others, without saying that they come from them, we are teaching them what altruism is. Children get to feel the satisfaction of giving and being generous in the first person. And this, without a doubt, is a great teaching that they can learn when they are little, but that will serve them for a lifetime.
However, I wonder: Is it really necessary to gut the children's secret? Can't we wait for them to discover it themselves? In Personally, I find it more interesting to encourage children that, once they have a suspicion, they are the ones to find their own answer.
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