A mum has got herself in a festive pickle after her child allegedly told another child that Santa isn’t real.

Posting on parenting forum Mumsnet, the mum explained that her child had been accused of revealing the information to friends, resulting in one telling a younger sibling who has been “crying over it”. She said:

“Our kids are 9 and at school they have had a discussion amongst a few of them about whether Santa is real.

“I’ve had a very shirty message from a parent, which appears to single out my child having spilled the beans and subsequently spoilt the ‘magic of Christmas’ for their child, who has also told their younger siblings who’ve been crying over it.

“The parents have had to spend a lot of time reassuring the kids that Santa IS in fact real, and have requested that I ask my child not to discuss it further in school.

The mum went on to say that her child was “gutted” when they found out they had upset the other children but that she was “stunned” with how the other parents had reacted.

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She continued:“My child found out about Santa from their older sibling, and wasn’t too bothered by it. I’ve said before that they should not talk about it with their friends, and when I asked them about this conversation, my child was absolutely gutted to have caused upset to others.

“How should I respond, if at all? I don’t want to fall out with them, but I’m stunned they’ve approached me with this, to be honest.”

Responding to the drama, some people defended the mother.

“Your kid was told not to say anything but is upset that they have caused upset. Adults aren’t perfect so children certainly aren’t so that should be the end of it,” one said.

Another wrote: “I could not take these people seriously and would avoid them like the plague. Hopefully your kids will drift away from the friendship because surely the kids will turn out like their parents.”

But others said she should apologise:

“To be honest I’d just say I’m sorry this has happened. I’ve had a word with him about not doing this again,” one said.

And another said: “I personally would apologise on my child’s behalf, Santa is such a sensitive area with parents trying to keep the magic going when there are younger siblings, unfortunately your child was the bearer of such news.”

What a nightmare.

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