Christmas is coming! Let’s get our stories straight! 11



I’m not usually one to start thinking about Christmas before December but for the past few weeks I’ve started to feel a slight touch of magical fizz which I believe is scientifically known as Christmassyness.  I think it’s because this year, I have a 3 year old in the house.

Christmas crafts, a visit to Santa, the Christmas Eve mince pie plate, hosting an elf (I am using this little lady as my budget, DIY elf on a shelf alternative.) I cannot wait.  This year Small Stuff is old enough to really get swept up in the magic and will readily believe.

But, believe what exactly?

What tale shall I weave about the wonders of Father Christmas?


When I was little I once found Christmas presents hidden in a wardrobe.  My mum told me they would be sent away to Father Christmas (in other words, hidden elsewhere) and he would check if I was on the nice list.  If I deserved the presents they would be delivered back to me on Christmas Eve.  Looking back I’m pretty sure my mum was just thinking on her feet, so that’s quite impressive!  (Not long after this, my dad took me to see Father Christmas at a local flea market.  When I was led through to his grotto, the big man was having a crafty fag without his beard on.  Despite my dad doing his best to cobble an explanation together, the jig was up from then on!)


I know some people prefer to keep up the illusion that Santa delivers everything.  I learned this when i turned up at a friend’s house on the run up to Christmas one year and she looked aghast to see I had brought bags of presents with me while her children were home.  In her house, Father Christmas sorts the whole shebang- presents are not just dropped round willy-nilly in Asda bags.  She does all her Christmas shopping sans children, all the wrapping is done in secret, any gifts brought to the house are stashed wherever there is room and she’s on pins for the majority of December in case one of the kids makes an accidental discovery.


Another friend tells her child that all the toys in the shops are slightly broken so once bought they have to go back to Santa’s workshop to be repaired.  (Does this rule apply to slippers and baskets of smellies, I wonder?). For now, her child hasn’t thought to question why toys tend to be in perfect condition the rest of the year round or why faulty goods are usually shipped back to customer services rather than the North Pole.


I think I will tell Small Stuff that just one gift is from the man himself and he only delivers to children.  This keeps the magic going but avoids me tripping myself up with an elaborate explanation and doesn’t invite a lot of questions!


What do you tell your children about their visit from Santa?  Let’s compare notes!

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11 thoughts on “Christmas is coming! Let’s get our stories straight!

  • Min

    I am so looking forward to when Piglet is slightly older and I can tell him all about Christmas. Part of the fun is going to be making up wild and wacky Father Christmas tales and thinking on my feet I think. Looking forward to hearing what other people tell their children.

  • Smallstuffandme Post author

    This is like the reward for the dealing with terrible twos/ Threenager-ness! I can’t wait to start off some of our own Christmas traditions. I need some inspiration though!

  • El

    I had to read your post when I saw the title! I like to stretch the magic of Christmas for as long as I can. Isn’t that the magic and fun of being a child at Xmas? But I do have the same problem as the kids got older. For two years in a row, my older children were going to stay up and wanted to “film” Santa with our video camera set up strategically where we hang our stockings. Luckily, they both fell asleep LOL. I do try to keep the story as simple as possible so that I don’t trip myself up. My daughter at age 7 once remarked why the wrapping looked like the ones we bought from the store – oops! Learnt that lesson quickly. I still have my youngest and so I still get to enjoy the magic of Santa for just a little while more.

    • Smallstuffandme Post author

      Haha! They don’t miss a trick do they? Imagine getting rumbled by your wrapping paper! I love the surveillance approach of the older two!

  • Talya

    So needed to read this post as now my daughter is 2 and half and smart to everything I know I need some kind of explanation this year. I love yours and think I’m going steal it (if that’s alright!). Thanks so much for linking up to #coolmumclub x

    • Smallstuffandme Post author

      As much as I’d love to come up with fantastic, magical tales I think playing it safe is the best bet with these inquisitive little minds around! Glad you found my post helpful. Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub!

  • mummuddlingthrough

    I love seeing the kids being ‘Believers’…it’s quite possibly the best thing about Christmas? Tigs is 3.5 now so we could be in prime christmas magic this year. We just got a fairy door and it’s working a treat on the ‘someones watching you’ stuff.

    • Smallstuffandme Post author

      Oh definitely, the excitement and wonder from small children around Christmas is just lovely to see. Fairy doors are so cute, I’d whack them on my skirtings all year round if I didn’t think Small Stuff would prise them off!

  • Silly Mummy

    I do that the stockings are brought by Father Christmas, and main presents from us (with assistance from Father Christmas!) I think that creates the least potential for tripping yourselves up with your stories, and it also makes more sense with the fact that presents from Grandparents, etc are not from Santa, so surely it would be odd if nothing was from parents. I also think that it does help children to be able to understand things about expense a little more too, as if everything comes from Santa then you can see why they would think that they can have anything they want, and all kids would get the same amount. I think if they just believe that small things come from Santa, you avoid that trap of them thinking Christmas is free & not understanding limitations and inequalities. My parents always did it the same way, and it didn’t diminish my belief in Santa, but meant that I did understand they were involved too and had to do work. #ChristmasCorner

    • Smallstuffandme Post author

      That’s a great point. I hadn’t really given too much thought to helping children understand about the expense and effort of Christmas, limitations, inequalities etc. You’re right- it is important that they learn this early on. Like you say, it can be done without diminishing the magic.

  • Lex

    What a lovely little post. Isn’t it strange how we all tell our children about Father Christmas but we all conjure up our own ideas about him and his doings. My little one is only 11 months so I have another year or two of her not fully understanding the idea of Christmas but I’m so excited for her to start understanding. I was told that my presents got sent off to Father Christmas, I must have found some sneakily stashed around the house. I think I’m going to have to have a think and see what I want to tell her. Children are so clever, it wouldn’t surprise me if she had a Santa plan of her own before I even have to make one #XmasCorner