Ask A Dad: Being Santa on a Budget

I read your column about a dad who bought his child expensive gifts and I hope you can help me. Our twin boys are 9 years old, and they still believe in the big guy. The problem is, my husband and I totally screwed up in the Santa department. The boys’ smaller Christmas presents always come from us, and the expensive ones come from Santa. They boys have been on their best behavior this year, and now they’re expecting a gift from Santa that we can’t afford — my husband got laid off last month. Unless we magically come up with the money, how do we break the bad news to our kids in a way that won’t completely damage them? — Laura in Detroit 


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