Fortunately, if your child fears Santa, there are things you can do ahead of time to help her feel better. The most important is to reassure and prepare her by talking about Santa, mentioning his size, voice, and clothes.
You can explain that he’s friendly and likes talking with children about Christmas. You can also try having your child go up to Santa with a sibling or friend. Be selective about the Santas you visit, asking your friends about their experiences at various shopping centers, and watching a Santa to see how he acts with young children. A Santa who doesn’t put too much pressure on children will make you and your child more comfortable.
Finally, consider your child’s age and personality. A shy child might display more apprehension. A one-and-a-half or two-year old will be more frightened than a three or four-year-old. And children with confident older siblings can often be convinced that Santa’s nice and likes children.
Whatever you try, your child may still cry, not want to look at Santa, or refuse to sit on his lap. However, be reassured, that in a year or so there’ll be changes in your child’s attitude, and even though she may cry this year, she’ll probably have fun visiting Santa next Christmas.