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How do I explain multiple Santas?!

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OxfordToLondoner Thu 06-Dec-12 18:23:57

DS has his first ever Santa at school experience tomorrow at ye olde school fayre. But I rather fancied taking him to see Santa on a boat (a really lovely local thing). So...2 Santas. Different length beards. Odd sized bellies. It's a Santa recipe for disaster. Are 4 year olds especially observant when it comes to Santa?! confused

SweetMingePie Thu 06-Dec-12 18:28:10

Santa is an extremely busy man is I've of year, he has special helpers who go to these places if he can't make it. But you can never tell if it was the real Santa or just one of is helpers.

NellieTheEllie Thu 06-Dec-12 18:31:43

I've always told my Dc that at this time of year Father Christmas is very busy, so sometimes sends his helpers to be stand-ins for him. We can never be totally sure which is the real one! I love that over the last few years, both my children have a good long look at any Father Christmas they meet, and they both have different ideas and reasons for choosing which is their 'real' Santa grin

NellieTheEllie Thu 06-Dec-12 18:32:36

Ahh, it's a popular lie then! grin

thehairybabysmum Thu 06-Dec-12 18:33:14

Mine have never queried this yet (4 & 6 last Xmas), so you may be fine smile

SleighbellsRingInYourLife Thu 06-Dec-12 18:36:24

I tell DD1 that nobody has ever seen the real Santa, but that men dress up as Santa around Christmas time and give presents to children.

SweetMingePie Thu 06-Dec-12 18:55:48

grin Nellie

OxfordToLondoner Thu 06-Dec-12 20:28:21

Oooh I like! Lots of maybe Santas. Makes it all the more fun. That's sorted then, thanks ladies!

Morph2 Fri 07-Dec-12 21:09:23

i remember my mum telling us about the santa's helpers thing years ago (i'm nearly 40) and can remember that i did actually believe her and i'm sure i was lot older then 4.

ZuleikaD Sat 08-Dec-12 07:03:05

DD knows that Santa is just a story but sometimes people dress up as Santa like any other story character.

valiumredhead Sun 09-Dec-12 16:45:48

Same as Zulelika - FC is a nice story and people dress up as him.

Foxy800 Sun 09-Dec-12 19:27:05

Dd doesnt often question it but if she does I tell her he is very busy at this time of year and has lots of helpers.

LtXmasEve Sun 09-Dec-12 19:28:00

Santa School! Always worked for us grin

DoesntTurkeyNSproutSoupDragOn Sun 09-Dec-12 19:33:58

None of the ones you see are the real Santa. He is far too busy preparing for Christmas - these are all helpers.

theliverpoolone Mon 10-Dec-12 22:35:45

I've told dd(5) that he has lots of helpers who dress up, too. She decided that the one we met yesterday wasn't the real one as he 'wasn't fat enough' - ie not as fat as the 'real' one who sent her a video message recently grin

GrimmaTheNome Mon 10-Dec-12 22:44:36

My DD worked this one out for herself at age 4 when she realised that the santa she'd just seen wasn't the same as the one she'd seen the previous year.

There is only one real Father Christmas at a time (North pole and sleigh job) - the ones in the grottoes are old ones who've retired and just do this to help out. grin

DowagersHump Mon 10-Dec-12 22:47:16

Helper stand-ins. They all believe it because they want to smile

beela Tue 11-Dec-12 12:45:41

My Dad was one of santa's helpers when I was little!

He was Father Christmas for our primary school one year and my parents were terrified that my brother and I would blow his cover, so they told us that it was a very important and secret job, and we mustn't tell the other children that it was our dad! I felt very special that I had been let into this secret.

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