Dax Shepard Gets Real With His Daughter About Santa Claus

The actor says he's telling his 5-year-old daughter the truth about Christmas and St. Nick.

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December 7, 2018

Can we discuss the awesomeness that is Dax Shepard for a minute?

It’s nothing new that Shepard and his just as hilarious wife, Kristen Bell, are all about honesty when it comes to communicating with their kids. They know their ways are a bit controversial, but it works for them and makes for a funny story for us. For example, Shepard’s been consistently open with the public about how he explains Santa Claus to his children and this year his 5-year-old Lincoln is fully in the know about the legends of Kris Kringle.

“I have a fundamental rule that I will never lie to [my children], which is challenging at times. Our 5-year-old started asking questions like, ‘Well, this doesn’t make sense, and that doesn’t make sense.’ I’m like, ‘You know what? This is just a fun thing we pretend while it’s Christmas,’” Shepard told Us Weekly.

Shepard made sure to add that his children still talk about and watch movies about Santa, although they know he doesn't exist. He insisted everyone in his house is still jolly during the holidays despite knowing the truth.

Just last year Bell also opened up about her feelings on lying to her children about Santa. She told Today, "We have to tell our kid that one night a year, breaking and entering is OK and that a dude in a jumpsuit is going to come down the chimney and is going to rifle through our stuff but it's OK because he's going to leave us gifts?" She continued, "That's a crazy story to tell your child."

She may have a point. Either way, it’s all about what is right for your family and what makes your children happy. At one time when Lincoln was two-years-old, the couple kept up with the charade in their own (comical) way.

"I said, 'There's gonna be a guy stopping by on Christmas Eve in a red jumpsuit with combat boots. Huge Grizzly Adams beard. He goes by Kristopher Kringle or St. Nick, he's got a lot of aliases,'" Shepard had said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I said, 'And he's gonna show up riding a team of endangered animals. He's gonna park them on the roof, then he's gonna rappel in. He's gonna root around the area for a while, eat some cookies and what not. Don't worry, he's not diabetic. He looks like it, but he's OK."

I'm so stealing that!

Lincoln, however, just wanted to know if the mysterious man in red was married. "I told her 'You know, he's married, but he travels a lot,'" Shepard recounted. "'I don't know what his real arrangement is. He hangs out with a lot of children, but I guess they're like his employees.' So she's excited, she can't wait to meet this...felon."

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