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Dan Anderson
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How to let my kids believe in Santa Clause with out lying to them?

I believe that the most important aspect of human morality is honestly. So I've always been. . . reluctant . . .about telling my kids santa is coming.
On the one hand I want them to enjoy the anticipation I did as a kids, on the other I feel very strongly about not lying too or otherwise misleading my children.

Unfortunately ( or maybe fortunately) I've gone along with the cultural norm of telling my kids that "Santa is coming" when Christmas time roles around. Though usually when the oldest asks or talks about details like coming down the chimney, or living at the north pole, or who were Santa's parents, I just stay quiet and let some one else do the answering, which is admittedly a moral copout.

So how do I handle myself with my wife, Kids, and other family and friends given that A) my kids already believe in Santa, B) I want them to enjoy the anticipation and mystery of Christmas, and C) I don't want to deceive or mislead them at all.

I'm open to a reframe here as well. Thank in advance for your help!

Dan Anderson
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