Be careful not to paint a scary picture of Saint Nick. If you prep your child by saying “Don't be afraid, Santa's not going to hurt you,” you've introduced a possibility that may never have occurred to him, notes Pochyly. Instead, talk about how fun it will be, and show your child a picture of a sibling or a cousin perched happily on Santa's lap.
Bring a lovey. Life's easier with a stuffed bear by your side—and you can always put some reindeer antlers on him.