Guest blog: How does Santa manage kids with two houses?

Today, Divorcist is hosting a special guest contributor, Santa Claus, who reassures a young man adjusting to a big change.


As you can imagine, I get a lot of mail this time of year. While the elves at the North Pole Post Office do sometimes reply for me, this one was flagged for my attention.

A very good little boy named Nate wrote to me in a bit of a pickle. Hopefully I reassured him.


Dear Santa,

this year my mom lives in a house and my dad lives in a other house.

How will l know which house you’ll leave presents at?

from Nate

A pickle indeed! This is a very common question I get from young people and their parents. After all, it sounds like Nate and his family have had a tricky year. The last thing they need to worry about is which chimney I’ll come down! Over the years, Mrs. Claus and I have worked out a system so that no child is missed, even when they live in different houses (or on a boat or in a tent).

Dear Nate,

Many children around the world have two different houses. I understand how confusing that can be. But please don’t worry. I promise I’ll be able to find you no matter where you are. After all, how can I know if you’ve been bad or good without knowing where you are?

Christmas is the celebration of love and togetherness. Christmas is in both your houses because you are loved in both your houses.

I promise you I’ll get your presents to the right place, no matter what.

Merry Christmas,

Santa Claus


Parents of Divorcist, please let me know how you think I did. This is a busy time of year for all of us and I, like you, am trying my best. I hope someone leaves you a drink and a cookie too!


P.S. If you would like to help children that don’t have any house to sleep in at Christmas, please contribute to Save the Children’s Christmas Appeal.