We posed this question to two writers with children in varying stages of the Santa game: Robyn’s sons are 8 and 6, and Jeff’s are 11 and 4. Two summers ago, Jeff’s oldest discovered the truth about Santa (from a cartoon tiger, long story), only to spend the next 18 months… well, you’ll see. Here’s their take on how — and when — to tell the secret of Santa.
Jeff: So here’s what I’m facing: My sixth-grader will be 12 in February. He’s known about Santa for like a year and a half. (He read it in “Calvin and Hobbes,” which I’m a little heartbroken about.)
Robyn: Uh, my third-grader is obsessed with Calvin. And spends hours reading the strips to my 6-year-old. THIS IS NOT GOOD NEWS.
Jeff: We were leaving a short weekend at the Disney water parks. I’m packing the car in the parking lot, buckling the 2-year-old in his car seat, and the older asks, tremulously, “So, um, Santa is you guys, right?” Santa and leaving Disney in the same night — we like to package our traumatic kid events when possible.
Robyn: What did you say?
Read the full conversation over at On Parenting at the Washington Post.