Around the age of 8 usually comes the beginning of some skepticism for the concept of Santa Claus for some children. At this age, they may begin to deny some of the aspects of the Santa Claus myth, such as, "he comes down a chimney". If your child is struggling with the concept of Santa Claus, it is important at this age to help the child substitute a concept of a spirit of Christmas or a spirit of giving for a purely physical Santa. This helps the transition for the child in understanding the true meaning of Christmas from a child's perspective into a more mature vision as they grow older.
We would love to hear from you-- what are your children's concepts of Santa Claus and at what ages? How do they view Christmas and the meaning of Christmas?
Joleen Watson, MS, LMFTA, NCC, is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling. Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.