December 18, 2008 08:00 PM

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

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