Kirsten Bell and Dax Shepard don’t want to lie to their kids. If that means that their kids don’t believe in Santa Claus, so be it.
“This is going to be very controversial,” Shepard told Us Weekly. “I have a fundamental rule that I will never lie to them, which is challenging at times. Our 5-year-old started asking questions like, ‘Well, this doesn’t make sense, and that doesn’t make sense.’ I’m like, ‘You know what? This is just a fun thing we pretend while it’s Christmas.’”
Though the couple’s daughters, Lincoln and Delta, know Santa isn’t real, that doesn’t stop them from enjoying the mythology. “They love watching movies about Santa, they love talking about Santa,” Shepard continued. “They don’t think he exists, but they’re super happy and everything’s fine.”
Instead of telling their kids that Santa will bring them presents, Shepard and Bell want their kids to get in the spirit of giving. Not just during the holidays, but all year long. Whenever the kids have friends over, the couple encourages them to give away a toy. “We’re trying to show that an object can give you some joy when you get it, but then seeing how it can make someone else happy is sometimes even more fun then the thing was itself.”