Telling the truth about the man with the beard
Just a few more weeks and the good man will return to the country. And for children, this can mean that the parents have the truth about the man with the beard and December 5 must tell. You may be expecting tears and a firmly disappointed child, but you could be wrong!
With the oldest now turning nine and the information we received through school we decided it was time to tell the truth about the one with the beard.
A gullible child
Our son is gullible. He also always enjoys the Sinterklaas period to the fullest and has never, for a moment, hesitated about the truth about the man with the beard. Look Santa Claus, who visits their cousins in America, yes of course he doesn’t exist. No the boys do understand that reindeer can’t fly and let’s face it, Santa can’t be in every country at the same time either. However the Saint, there was never any doubt about that.
How can you tell
How did we tell the truth about the man with the beard? I started with the story of a Bishop from Turkey who gave away a lot to the poor. With the oldest, a light bulb quickly went on and asked, is this about St. Nicholas. Then we told the story and he found it actually quite funny, that the Lego mseum of which they always say ‘you did not want to buy it, but St. Nicholas did’ finally came from us after all. He stayed calm, asked his questions and went to bed half an hour later. When I kissed him goodnight he did say; ‘actually I don’t like knowing this now;. On this site about a talk about St. I read nice facts.
Since we still have a younger male in the house, we asked the oldest to keep this story ‘secret’ and not tell the truth yet. He thought it was very cool. A few weeks later the youngest came home and told that his friend had told him that St. Nicholas did not exist and that the parents go to the Bart Smit in the evening. I asked him if he believed this? ‘No, he said firmly. But he told ; that boyfriend had told you that you heard this story in grade 5. So the youngest decided: ‘He would ask his brother’. After all, he is in group 5. So far this has not happened, and I sincerely hope we can make him believe another year.
How did you tell your children the truth? Or did your child discover it himself?