Health Watch -- Holiday Time: The Santa Question
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Talking about Santa Claus - or other holiday figures - allows you to share your cultural beliefs about myths, magic and traditions. Figures like Santa Claus represent kindness and generosity - values that are important for children to learn in any culture or religious tradition.
Children start to learn the difference between fictional figures like cartoon characters and real life at between the ages of 4 and 6. During this time, they may also be ready to understand Santa Claus as a symbol of the holiday season and the values he represents.