There comes a time in every parent’s life when they must answer the one question they’ve always dreaded: Is Santa real?
Most parents think they have to choose between one of two possible answers: lie or tell the truth.
So, when Ryan finally mustered up the courage to ask his parents that age-old question, they decided to go with the latter option—but not in the way you might think.
According to Redditor jessi_faccio, here’s the incredible response that Ryan’s parents ended up giving him:
It reads, in full:
You asked a really good question, ‘Are Mom and Dad really Santa?’. We know that you want to know the answer, and we had to give it careful thought to know just what to say.
The answer is no. We are not Santa. There is no one, single Santa.
We are the people who fill your stocking and choose and wrap the presents under the tree- just as our parents did for us, their parents did for them, and you will do for your kids someday.
This could never make any of us Santa, though. Santa is lots and lots of people who keep the spirit of Christmas alive. He lives in our hearts— not at the North Pole. Santa is the magic and love and spirit of giving to others. What he does is teach children to believe in something they can’t see or touch. Throughout your life you will need this capacity to believe: in yourself, in your family, in your friends, and in God.
You’ll need to be able to believe in things you can’t measure or hold in your hands.
Now you know the secret of how he gets down all of those chimneys on Christmas Eve: He has help from all of the people whose hearts he has filled with joy.
With full hearts, people like Mommy and Daddy take our turns helping Santa do a job that would otherwise be impossible. So no, we are not Santa. Santa is love and magic and hope and happiness. We are on his team, and now you are too.
We love you, and we always will.
Mom and Dad”
In the end, there’s really no right way to answer this big question if, or when, your child decides it’s time to ask it.
Like Ryan’s parents perfectly point out, the spirit of Christmas is what matters most about the holidays—not whether or not Santa Claus himself is real.
As long as children continue to believe in Santa’s kindness and generosity, then his magic will always live on in our hearts.