Warning: 4 Christmas movies that could get kids suspicious about Santa
School is out and the Christmas holidays are here – finally.
To most families across Ireland – and, indeed, the world – this means plenty of family time and yummy food and fun activities like watching Christmas movies together.
However, if you are a parent of a child that has now reached the age where they start to ask some tricky questions about Jolly Old Saint Nick, well, then there are some movies you might just be better off skipping this year – simply because they might just provoke a fresh round of questions you may or may not be able to answer.
Keen to keep the Santa magic last a little longer? You might want to save yourself a little stress by keeping these four Christmas classics out of the movie night rotations for now:
Miracle on 34th Street
Best for: Ages 6+
The plot? Susan, the little girl at the heart of the story, at first doesn’t believe in Santa—which could, you know, lead to some tricky questions from kids—but ultimately she’s proven wrong and becomes a stout believer in St. Nick.
The Polar Express
Best for: Ages 6+
Though in the end this festive classic is a beautiful affirmation of the true meaning of the holiday, there is no denying that some kids may wonder why the main character is actually doubting Santa’s existence – and on Christmas Eve, none the less.
Best for: Ages 7+
The most festive movie of all time, I think we can agree. The problem? While Buddy the Elf has Christmas spirit by the bucketload, other characters in the movie hake their head and roll their eyes at the notion of Santa. And – be warned: In the movie, some kids talk about the possibility of parents being the ones behind the presents. Yikes.
The Christmas Chronicles
Best for: Ages 10+
A more recent Christmas classic, but nonetheless already one of our very favourite festive movies.
However, the movie does start with teenager Teddy almost telling his little sister Katie there is no Santa. In the end, Teddy doesn't go through with it, and – as it turns out – becomes a true believer himself, but be warned – the topic does come up.