Kristen Bell Reveals Why She Told Her 6-Year-Old Daughter the Truth About Santa Claus

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When it comes to honesty and transparency, there’s no doubt in our minds that you can always count on Kristen Bell. The actress has not been shy when it comes to giving fans a wide-open view into the best and worst of times in her life.

Whether she’s speaking openly about mental health, relating to moms who have battled depression, or sharing the number one thing she learned from her husband’s AA meetings, Kristen Bell is the real deal.

The Frozen 2 star opened up to Women’s Day about how she and her family spend the holidays.

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Bell also reveals how and why she told her 6-year-old daughter Lincoln the truth about Santa Claus.

“I pictured her in a more adult situation where she had a sinking feeling in her gut and wanted to ask [a] question,” Bell explained. “Was I going to pat her on the head and go, ‘Stop thinking about that, I already told you, it’s fine, believe me,’ or would I want to produce the kind of person who goes, ‘I’m sorry, I really do need more information on this?'”

Bell says she believes in being honest with her kids.

Her hope is that together with her husband, Dax Shepherd, the couple can raise young women who are inquisitive and confident. Of course, in revealing the truth, The Good Place star says she didn’t want to totally kill off Lincoln’s sense of fun and wonder.

Rather than delivering some cold, honest truth, Bell eased her daughter into the conversation by telling her that Santa Claus is really just ”an imaginary game we play because it’s really, really fun.”

The couple’s 4-year-old daughter, Delta, still believes in the magic of Santa, but Bell says when the time comes, she’ll be just as honest with her about the imaginary game.

“When she says to me, ‘Is this person a real human being?’ I will have the same conversation with her as I did with Lincoln,” Bell told the magazine.

Although Santa is just a game for their family, Bell says over the years, they’ve adopted other sweet family traditions around the holidays.

“Dax introduced the idea of opening gifts on Christmas morning from youngest to oldest, which I really like,” Bell shared. “I’m able to talk my daughters through who gave them each gift. I try to reiterate that these presents don’t just fall from the sky; they came from a thoughtful individual whom we need to thank.”

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