When classmates let the secret out of the sleigh bag
Other kids can spoil the whimsy of Santa Claus for your child.
December 12th, 2011
07:02 AM ET

When classmates let the secret out of the sleigh bag

By Sarah LeTrent, CNN
(CNN) - When out on the playground, there arose such a clatter - because little Tommy told all his classmates there was no such thing as Santa Claus.

It's an uncomfortable scenario both the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny know all too well, and has the potential to leave parents caught like reindeer in headlights.

It typically involves distraught kids cornering their parents after school with widened eyes, blurting out: "Tommy told me there isn't a Santa Claus!" (or Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or Babbo Natale, respectively).

Heather Barranco knows the awkward affair all too well; her own child recently told a number of the kids in kindergarten that Santa didn't exist. For spiritual reasons, Barranco's family forgoes the Santa tradition.

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