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Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell Explain Why They Tell Their Kids the Truth About Santa

They know it's an unpopular opinion.

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Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell’s daughters don’t believe in Santa Claus and that’s the way their parents want it. In an interview with US Weekly on Monday,  Shepard revealed that he and his wife told Lincoln, 5, and Delta, 3, that Santa doesn’t exist in an attempt to always be honest with them.

“This is going to be very controversial,” cautioned Shepard. “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.'” He defended his response by explaining, “I have a fundamental rule that I will never lie to them,” which the 43-year-old dad of two admits “is challenging at times.”

During the interview, which was held at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Bless This Mess actor went on to say that while his daughters may not believe in Saint Nick, it hasn’t ruined the holiday for them. “They love watching movies about Santa, they love talking about Santa. They don’t think he exists, but they’re super happy and everything’s fine.”

The duo’s openness with their kids isn’t a one-time thing, either. Shepard and Bell, 38, who have been married for five years, make it a point to always be honest with Lincoln and Delta. Like how they reenact apologies to each other in front of the girls so they’ll learn the importance of conflict resolution or the way they’ve discussed sex with the kids. “We talk very bluntly, in some people’s opinion, to our children about everything,” Bell has said.