Noelle Beck Learns Son Was Scared of Santa Claus

12/18/2008 at 08:00 PM ET

When parents reveal the truth about Santa Claus to their children, they never know what reaction they will receive. For actress Noelle Beck, it meant a crying 10-year-old on her hands and learning something she never knew: Her son Brock was scared of Santa.

“My son was the cutest thing when I told him that my husband and I were Santa Claus,” shares the 39-year-old, adding that “he burst into tears and he said, ‘You mean I’ve been afraid of Santa all this time and it was just you?!'” Noelle discovered that since her family lives “in an old townhouse” and that Brock has a fireplace in his bedroom, “he had been petrified his whole life that Santa was going to come into that fireplace. Poor kid, he never really told us he was afraid. I guess it just haunted him.”

The As the World Turns star and her husband Eric Petterson are also parents to Forrest, 17, and Spencer, 16.

Be sure to check out our Sound Off! post regarding Santa Claus — we’ve got quite the discussion going!

Source: Soap Opera Digest, December 23rd issue

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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Annie on

That is really sad. Poor little boy couldn’t enjoy the spirit of christmas (he was probably dreading it the whole year) and how do you not know your child is so scared of something? I dont think parents should know only what child tells you

Alice on

How sad indeed that her son was scare of Santa all these years! I would have loved to have had a fireplace in our house (we didn’t in AZ), as I always worried how Santa would deliver the presents without one.

Mary on

Some things parents just don’t know. And I’m guessing especially if you have nannies with your children most of the time. That is very sad though! Merry Christmas!!!

Anna on

We didn’t have a fireplace and my parents told us that Sinterklaas has a key that fits on all doors of people that don’t have a fireplace!
We sang our songs in front of the central heating 😀

skipsie on

How sad that he was scared.
When i was little, my parents never knew I was scared of balloons and clowns i was too embarressed to tell them because I felt like every kid should love balloons and clowns. Maybe thats why he never told his parents.