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Thursday, 15 December 2011

How To Answer Your kids Questions About Santa Claus

Watching children enjoy the magic of Christmas is fun, but the little ones sure ask a lot of questions.

“How can Santa Claus fly in a sleigh?” “How does he get in our house if we don’t have a chimney?” “How can he see me when I’m sleeping and when I’m awake?”

The legend of Santa Claus had delighted kids for generations, but let’s face it: The idea of a benevolent toy maker who lives at the frigid North Pole, who keeps himself a secret and enters your home only in the dark of night, and who keeps a semi-permanent record of each child’s goodness and badness raises more questions than it answers.

Tony Rimkus of Springfield, Ill., has heard a lot of those questions. He’s been portraying the jolly old elf for six years at stores.

Rimkus, and several experienced parents in central Illinois, addressed how they answer tough questions from the little ones about jolly old St. Nick. You can use some of these answers to simplify your life during this busy Christmas season.

HOW DID YOU GET HERE AND WHERE ARE YOUR REINDEER?

Rimkus: “I bring a training sleigh with reindeer in training. I go to a friend that has a farm out of town where he puts them up in a barn and feeds them for me. He then lets me borrow his car to get to the store for the visit.”

HOW DO YOU GET IN THE HOUSE SINCE WE DO NOT HAVE A CHIMNEY?

Rimkus: “I have a special key that lets me in any door.”

Laura Easterley, Springfield: “Santa is always full of magical surprises, and he always finds a way to get the toys where they need to be, and he always goes to all the stores he can and visits with all the children.”

HOW DO YOU CARRY ALL OF THE PRESENTS IN YOUR BAG?

Rimkus: “I only carry the presents for the home I am visiting at that time. When I get back to the sleigh, the presents for the next stop are put in the bag by an elf assistant.”

HOW CAN YOU BE HERE AND AT THE MALL AT THE SAME TIME?

Rimkus: “Santa is able to be in multiple places at one time. He trains special elves to represent him and can see and hear what the assistant is doing and directs him with the answer to the question. He also hears the list of what you want through the assistant. So, yes, I am the eyes and ears for Santa.”

Easterley: “He has reindeer, helpers, elves and a wonderful wife that always makes sure Santa is taken care of, just the way he takes care of you on Christmas.”

WHY DO SOME KIDS GET LOTS OF PRESENTS AND OTHERS GET VERY LITTLE?

Diane Green, Springfield: “Our answer was that Mom and Dad give Santa money to buy the gifts. We also told the kids when you are born, before you leave the hospital, every mom is given Santa’s email and cell phone number. That way, Santa knows if you are being good or not. Plus, we keep in contact with Santa on the presents we think you should get.”

WHY DIDN’T HE BRING US ALL THE PRESENTS WE ASKED FOR THIS YEAR?

Tammy Stone, Springfield: “Last year, my daughter asked for a pair of mittens, because her ‘friends have them.’ Santa did not bring mittens.

“I explained to her that because she already has a few pairs of gloves, Santa gave her mittens to a little girl that didn’t have gloves or mittens. While disappointed that she didn’t get hers, she seemed very understanding that some little girl somewhere might not have any.”

WHY IS THERE MORE THAN ONE SANTA?


Image from Wikipedia.com

Jeanne Gill, Springfield: “When the children asked about the Santas they saw everywhere, we explained they’re Santa’s special helpers. This way, there’s no disappointment to deal with as they (the children) get to share in this wonderful legend and get their spirit of Christmas each year. And hopefully, it doesn’t stop after Christmas, but develop the spirit of loving thy neighbor all year long and helping them whenever we can.”

ONE LAST PIECE OF ADVICE

Parents, if all else fails and you can’t come up with a good answer, take the advice of Marie Havens of Springfield.

“(The) best response is, ‘What do you think?’ Wish I’d known that when my then 3-year old asked me if Santa was real.”

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