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The tricky Christmas questions children ask and how to answer them

How does Father Christmas deliver all the presents in one night? This and other awkward questions children ask at Christmas

Let’s face it, the story of Father Christmas does take some believing so is it any wonder our kids are full of questions about who he is?

How he delivers all the presents? And how he doesn’t burn to a crisp coming down the chimney! We have some tips that may help your little one continue to believe.

The tricky Christmas questions children ask and how to answer them

  • How does Father Christmas deliver all the presents in one night?

Kids at Christmas

We have put together some of the likely questions you may encounter from your little one this festive season. And to really help, some suggested creative answers to help you out of an awkward situation. Do you have great tried and tested answers you could share with other mums?

Q: How old is Father Christmas?

A: He is very, very old but because he is magic he lives forever.

Q; Was Mary and Joseph his mum and dad?

A: No, they were Jesus’ mum and dad, Grandma and Grandad Christmas are his mum and dad.

Q: Why doesn’t he visit the poor children in Africa?

A: (Now this is a tricky one!) Try this: Of course he visits them, but what the children wish for in Africa may be very different to what you wish for (great opportunity to remind them how lucky they are…!)

Q: Why does the shopping centre Santa look so shabby?

A: The Father Christmas in the centre isn’t the real Father Christmas, the real one is far too busy getting all the presents ready, so he has some helpers who go out to meet the children at centres and report back to him what they ask for.

Q: How can Father Christmas come down the chimney and not get burned?

A: He’s magic (Works most times when you get stuck!)

Child whispering to mum at christmas

Q: How can he deliver all those presents all over the world in one night?

A: Here’s a chance to explain time zones, or you could download a Christmas Eve Santa tracker app or of course just resort to ‘he’s magic!’

Q: Did Father Christmas exist when you were a child?

A: Yes, I’m not THAT old!

Q: Why is Rudolph the only reindeer with a red nose?

A: Because he is special, and the light from his nose helps Santa’s sleigh fly in the dark.

Q: Can I have a reindeer?

A: No

The tricky Christmas questions children ask and how to answer them

  • How does Father Christmas deliver all the presents in one night?

The tricky Christmas questions children ask and how to answer them