Isn't it fun to see Christmas through the eyes of a child? A few years ago, when decorations started popping up, my then 4 year-old noticed every light, each tree, and had a comment for them all! I realized in the moment that was only his 2nd Christmas that he remembered! We get so desensitized to it all that we forget the beauty and magic in the most wonderful time of the year! Here's some help with your 5 and 6 year-old, to see it through their eyes.
The average 5 year-old still believes in Santa and has more realistic thoughts about him. In his or her mind, he is seen as a real man, living in a real place (the North Pole), having a family, and he has a beard. They like to talk about going to see them and enjoy writing letters (or telling you what to write) and asking him for everything under the sun. They believe in reindeer, the chimney, the whole works.
6 Years- Old
They differ very little from 5 years-old. Only now they can write more for themselves. They can become very emotional if anyone even tries to counter their belief in Santa and are insistent that this is the way it is. Any hint that he is not real will surely ignite their denial and defense of why he is real! It is best to not even try to argue with them and let them continue believing at this point.
Tomorrow Joleen will help you see Christmas through the eyes of an 7 and 8 year-old! Have a wonderful week filled with Holiday wonder :)
Written by Natalie Chandler
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC LCAC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville