Convince your Internet-savvy kid there is a Santa Claus
My seven-year-old son, Gabriel, is a tad computer-crazed (he watches Apple keynote addresses and casually refers to CEO Steve Jobs as “Steve”). He spends a lot of time surfing—something we worry about when it comes to the great Santa myth. He already has his doubts about the dude—older kids at school talk, and he learned the truth about the Tooth Fairy when we unknowingly let him watch a revealing scene in the Adam Sandler movie Grown-Ups. In an attempt to keep the magic alive just a little longer, this year we’re planning to block search sites such as Wikipedia and Google. (On a Mac, “parent controls” is in system preferences; on PCs, you’ll need security software such as McAfee or Norton.) We’ll do that for a few weeks and encourage him to send the big guy a letter at emailsanta.com. We always track Santa’s travels on Christmas Eve, too, on the Norad Santa Tracker. It gives Gabriel the idea that Santa digs computers, too.