Kristen Bell reveals how she told the truth about Santa Claus to her doubtful daughter as she gets into the holiday spirit for Woman's Day

Kristen Bell is revealing how she told the truth about Santa Claus to her daughter Lincoln, after the then three-year-old expressed doubts about his existence.    

'She said, "I'm just not buying this whole Santa Claus thing. There's no way he would be able to make it to every single house. You said there's billions of people on the planet,"' Kristen, 39, told December/January issue of Woman's Day, which she appears on the cover of. 

'At that moment, my heart kind of sank.'  

'My heart kind of sank': Kristen Bell is revealing how she told the truth about Santa Claus to her daughter Lincoln, after the six-year-old expressed doubts about his existence

'My heart kind of sank': Kristen Bell is revealing how she told the truth about Santa Claus to her daughter Lincoln, after the six-year-old expressed doubts about his existence

Ultimately, Kristen decided to tell her daughter the truth, seeing it as a great opportunity to help develop her child's inquisitive side.   

'I pictured her in a more adult situation where she had a sinking feeling in her gut and wanted to ask the question,' she said. 'Was I going to pat her on the head and go "Stop thinking about that, I already told you, it's fine, believe me?" Or would I want to produce the kind of person who goes "I'm sorry, I really do need more information on this?"

Kristen decided to phrase Santa Claus as 'an imaginary game we play because it’s really, really fun'.

She also turned to The Wonderful Truth About Santa Claus for help, a book about how Saint Nicholas' generous spirit inspired others to give.  

Cover girl: Bell got into the holiday spirit for the December/January cover of Woman's Day

Cover girl: Bell got into the holiday spirit for the December/January cover of Woman's Day

'I pictured her in a more adult situation': Kristen decided to tell her daughter the truth, seeing it as a great opportunity to help develop her child's inquisitive side

'I pictured her in a more adult situation': Kristen decided to tell her daughter the truth, seeing it as a great opportunity to help develop her child's inquisitive side

Bell says that concept teaches others that 'anyone can be a Santa Claus.'  

For now, Kristen's four-year-old daughter Delta still believes in Santa's existence, even though she has already 'heard the rumors' about him.   

'But when she says to me "Is this person a real human being?" I will have the same conversation with her as I did with Lincoln,' she said. 

Happy holidays! Bell held a plate full of wintry cookies, including an Olaf sweet

Happy holidays! Bell held a plate full of wintry cookies, including an Olaf sweet

In addition to raising Lincoln, now six, and Delta with husband Dax Shepard, Kristen has also been busy promoting her highly-anticipated new film Frozen 2. 

Though the film is geared towards children, Kristen says 'one could argue that [Frozen 2] is for an older audience.'  

'I think the people who started out with Frozen and might think Frozen 2 wouldn't apply to them because they’ve grown up a little bit are going to find themselves pleasantly surprised," she explained.  

Back for more: In addition to raising her two daughters with husband Dax Shepard, Kristen has also been busy promoting her highly-anticipated new film Frozen 2

Back for more: In addition to raising her two daughters with husband Dax Shepard, Kristen has also been busy promoting her highly-anticipated new film Frozen 2

'The characters have developed in a way that’s a bit more adult and so the movie followed.'

Plenty of thought went into the development of the story line, with writer and co-director Jennifer Lee spending months journaling as the characters in order to gain insight, Kristen revealed.   

Frozen 2 will be released November 22 and also features the voice of Idina Menzel, who returns for the role of Elsa. 

The December/January issue of Woman's Day will be available on newsstands November 26.  

So cool! Frozen 2 will be released November 22 and also features the voice of Idina Menzel, who returns for the role of Elsa

So cool! Frozen 2 will be released November 22 and also features the voice of Idina Menzel, who returns for the role of Elsa

Kristen Bell reveals how she told the truth about Santa Claus to her doubtful daughter

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