WE ALL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT SANTA WHEN WE’RE YOUNG (TO BE HONEST, I STILL HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT HIM MYSELF!), AND THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS CAN EITHER MAKE YOUNG IMAGINATIONS FLY AND EXPAND PAST OUR WILDEST DREAMS, OR THEY CAN BRING ALL THE IMAGINATION TUMBLING DOWN IN A FEW SECONDS. KEEPING THAT MAGIC ALIVE IS SUPER IMPORTANT FOR MANY FAMILIES ACROSS THE GLOBE, AND SO HAVING THE RIGHT ANSWERS ABOUT THESE THINGS IS IMPORTANT.
Have your children ever asked you “How does Santa deliver all the presents in one night?!”? What did you answer? If you were at a loss for words and had to think for a suspicious amount of time before coming up with the right answer, welcome to the club! We all struggle with these kinds of things because we want so bad to answer the questions right and make sure to keep the magic alive.
It’s not easy to think on your feet like that, either, because regardless of how well prepared we might feel, the questions come at the most random times — you know, while you’re in the kitchen cleaning up a juice spill or in the middle of taking your makeup off. That’s just how kids are. So let’s work together to keep you prepared no matter how or when the question comes!
Option One: Let Them Answer!
I’ve found that one of the best ways to go about these kinds of questions is putting the question to the kids themselves once they’ve asked. The conversation usually goes like this:
-“Mom, how does Santa deliver all the presents in one night?”
-”That’s a great question! How do you think he delivers them so quickly?”
And then they go off on one of their many theories of how Santa can get around the world so quickly and still not forget a single kid — or get caught! I’ve heard all sorts of answers to this question, and they actually tend to evolve as they learn more and get older which gets really fun.
Once they answer, you can go ahead and comment on little parts of their theory, guiding the conversation to something they said or asking how they think this or that happens, and get them off the “I need a direct concrete answer now” path. Smoothly, of course. Once that’s all over, if they still want you to answer, try to use your imagination in a fun and easy way that leans towards their theory, and they’ll most likely be satisfied with the exchange in the end.
Option 2: Technology!
If your kids are a bit older, then try technology — it works like a charm for my eldest little science fan! Think of some fun gadgets or science-y things and put them all together and boom the answer is right there.
I even love to use this to talk about physics with my kid because it’s been a great way to introduce new things to her, and it is a wonderful way to take the attention off the initial question and get her excited about learning new physics facts and all that good stuff. Granted, I’m a bit of a nerd myself, so I easily go off on tangents about how electromagnetic pulls, ionic repellence, and the potential of atomic energy farming can be possible ways in which Santa does all this awesome stuff in one short night!
If your kids love science, I highly recommend going the technology route with them because it’s tangible and has concrete roots in things they know are real. They will easily accept these answers, and it can make their imagination fly just as much as the use of “magic” as an answer.
Option Three: No One Knows!
The fun part about Santa is that none of us has actually met Santa before, and though we can all theorize all day, knowing how Santa actually does it remains a mystery to all of us… Unless the FBI has information, in which case they should totally release those files!!?!!? We’d all be siked to know.
In any case, letting your kid know that no one really knows puts you on the same level as them in the sense that they will no longer feel like they don’t get to know because they’re not grown-ups or they’ve not gotten old enough, which can only frustrate them.
I like to tell them that I wish I knew because “using that for my own purposes would be awesome!”, and then I usually tell them I’d go to Paris for dinner under the Eiffel Tower and then come back to my comfy house before my favorite show came on T.V. — they usually get a good laugh out of that. After that, I ask them what they’d do if they had that same ability, and the answers I’ve gotten are priceless!
As a parent, you have the ability to tell them what you find fit, so these are merely suggestions. But I highly suggest trying one of these out this Christmas and watching their reactions! You will have to think on your feet a bit because there will easily be more questions after the first one. But hey, at least you have the answer to this question down to a science! (no pun intended).