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“Preschoolers are very imaginative; they don’t understand fantasy and reality. Santa’s as real as Superman and all the other characters they see at Fiesta Texas.”
She advised that parents not use the idea of Santa Claus as a way to reward or punish children.
“That’s certainly not in the spirit.”
At some point, though, children must find out the truth about Santa Claus. The best way for them to find out is from parents.
Ruhmann said when children reach the age of 7, they reach a higher level of cognitive thinking and are more interested in reality and facts. That’s when they start to question Santa Claus’ existence.
Ruhmann said the best way to approach the issue when a child asks is to ask the child what they think about it and how it could be possible.
The parent should then base the answer on what the child has said.
For the child who still believes in Santa Claus and wants to write Santa a letter, the U.S. Postal Service will deliver messages.
The U.S. Post Office advises that children address letters to Santa Calus at their local city, state and ZIP code.
The letter should also have a clear return address and be stamped.
The letters can be given directly to letter carriers.
The U.S. Post Office Web site states, “While Santa receives most of the letters addressed to him at the North Pole, AK, some are sent to certified organizations and individuals who help those in need.
“Many of Santa’s letters will be answered by a variety of helpers.”
For the high-tech child, even e-mailing Santa Claus is a possibility. The Web site allows children to e-mail Santa Claus through their site and receive an immediate response; no e-mail address is required.
There are 25 days left until Christmas.
Maybe next year, you can text message him.


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