When is the right time to tell your child the truth about Father Christmas?

Since its December that means that Christmas time is near so a lot of people tend to go into festive overdrive in an attempt to have the best Christmas ever, or something along those lines (I don’t really care, not that you cared). There are a lot of things associated with Christmas such as presents, Jesus and food, so much food but one thing definitely takes the cake (the joke isn’t intentional) which is Father Christmas. It’s just not Christmas without Father Christmas but of course you know that he doesn’t exist and so do I (if you’re reading this and you believe that Father Christmas exists, I’m sorry but he just doesn’t), kids however believe in him pretty much like how a devout Christian believes in Jesus.

The question today is what age would you tell your child that Father Christmas isn’t real? As a child I believed in Father Christmas and found out he wasn’t real when I was 6, I wasn’t even told, I had to learn the hard way. Finding out Father Christmas doesn’t exist is inevitable but at the same time it can be very heartbreaking for a child, especially since that means they won’t get any ‘extra’ presents. The thing is that parents can’t really leave their children to believe in Father Christmas past the age of 12 (in my opinion) because it’s plain weird, no matter what age a child finds out that he isn’t real it’s going to be a bad experience for the child.

Usually a question like this would get a simple answer like 12 which makes sense as it means that the child might not take it to heart as much but there’s more to it. Telling a child the truth about Father Christmas at an earlier age would be better for their character as it would make them less naive as well as bracing them for the many truths that they’ll learn in life. This doesn’t mean to say that a child should be told that Father Christmas isn’t real at the earliest age possible because it would cause them to stop believing in other fictional characters which strips them of an important part of their childhood.

Looking at all of these points, it makes the question a whole lot harder to answer.

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