How to Keep Your Kids Believing in Santa Claus

printable santa letters for kidsSaint Nicholas was a historic 4th-century saint who was well-known for secret gift-giving. Over the centuries, St. Nick eventually became the model for today’s legend of Santa Claus. Santa’s kindness and generosity are wonderful qualities that kids can look up to, but the belief in a magical Santa who flies on a sleight with magic reindeer can’t last forever. Eventually all kids discover that today’s Santa is just a reflection of the generosity of a man who lived thousands of years ago.

But you can help keep St. Nick’s magic alive for your kids as long as possible. Here are some ways to do it.

Santa Letters
Personalized Santa letters are a fun way to foster a belief in Santa Claus, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to buy one. You can find plenty of free or inexpensive Santa letters that you can print right from your own home. A few good sites that offer a variety of printable letters from Santa Claus are Free Santa Letters, Free Santa, Printable Santa and Santa Letter

All of these sites can help you create a fun, personalized letter at home in just a few minutes.

Magic Scout Elf
A few years ago, a book called Elf on the Shelf became a bestseller, and today many parents employ the help of a “scout elf” to keep their kids believing in Santa Claus.

The idea is simple – Santa sends these special elves to your house to see who’s being naughty and who’s being nice, and you can’t touch them because that would destroy their Christmas magic. Each night, they report back to the North Pole, and every mornings the kids have to go searching the house for the elf because they can never seem to land back in the spot where they were sitting the night before. Kids LOVE this game, and it’s a great way to keep them believing in Santa’s magic.

Catch Santa in Your House
Another fun way to keep kids believing in Santa is to “catch” a photo or video of him in your home. Capture The Magic is a website that can help you easily create a realistic photo of Santa right in your own living room, family room or any place you choose. All you need to do is upload a photo of the room where you want to “catch Santa,” and they magically insert him in the photo.

You can also use this same simple technique to get a video of Santa Claus in your home. will help you create a realistic video in just a few minutes. Your kids will be amazed!

Personalized Video Message from Santa Claus
You can also create another type of Santa video to impress your kids. Portable North Pole is a site that will create a free personalized video of Santa talking to your child. He even says their name! (As long as it’s one that’s in their extensive list of names.) This service is completely free to use, although you’ll need to pay a fee if you want to download and save the video.

With a few of these techniques, you should be able to keep your kids believing in Santa for a bit longer!

But when the gig is up, check out this article on how to tell your kids about Santa Claus.