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Do your children believe in Santa?

  • jasonlovessara
    jasonlovessara
    Participant

    Just curious

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  • jasonlovessara
    jasonlovessara
    Participant

    My kids do and they are really really excited about it.
    There is a small part of me that feels guilty because I know they will find out one day but I just love seeing the Magic of it all through their eyes

    Magster
    Magster
    Keymaster

    Yes, my daughter still does. I’m not sure how many more years, if any, it’s going to last, so I’m just happy we still have Santa this year. :)


    embra
    Participant

    No. I never taught them about Santa. I told my daughter instead about Saint Nicholas and what he did and told her that his spirit carries on today in the spirit of Santa and in all of us. All year long but especially around Christmas, we should do nice things for people in secret to make them feel good. The last few years, we left small, anonymous presents on our neighbor’s doorstep. I told my daughter that most children believe that Santa literally lives in the north pole, flies with reindeer, and brings children presents though. This is a fun story for them, so she shouldn’t tell them it isn’t true. She seemed satisfied with this, and is still super excited about Christmas. I don’t know whether I did the right thing or not, since a lot can be said for childhood magic, but I don’t like the idea of lying to her about something that might come back and smack us all in the face later (I took it hard when I found out). I guess we all just do the best we can :-) My son’s still too little to have any idea what is going on.


    embra
    Participant

    As an aside, I know that most kids will probably take it just fine to find out that Santa doesn’t exist and that their parents were misleading them. I was kind of an odd kid and felt betrayed. My daughter is very sensitive to rules too. If I tell her she can’t do something, she watches me like a hawk to make sure I follow that rule too. It makes it hard because I give her ultimatums to do things (you don’t have to eat your dinner, but if you don’t, you won’t get dessert) and she tries to do the same for me (if you don’t give me a piggy back ride, you will have to go stand in the corner). She doesn’t understand why that doesn’t work. God help me get through the next 20 years!

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    Yep they do. I’m kinda indifferent about it because I really want them to believe in the TRUE meaning of Christmas but there’s no harm in Santa either I guess. We are encouraging it with Elf on the Shelf so I guess I have no room to talk!

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    We explained it basically how embra did. We had planned to do the whole Santa thing but when it came down to it last year when they looked me in the eye and asked if Santa was real or pretend, I couldn’t bring myself to lie to them. I know it’s a “harmless lie” for most people but like embra said, some kids do end up feeling upset or betrayed when they find out the truth. I figured Santa out myself when I was only around 4 and for me Christmas was still just as wonderful afterward. I believe in the true Christmas story and think that’s pretty amazing and magical itself so for me, not believing in Santa doesn’t really take away from the wonder and delight of Christmas.

    ducklings
    ducklings
    Participant

    My 6 year old does not as of this year, but my almost 4 year old does. My 6 year old asked and so we told her no, but it’s a fun story. I think she is having more fun now that she’s in on the secret. I don’t think it’s a big deal either way- doesn’t matter to me if they believe in Santa or not. I always loved the idea of Santa as a kid though.

    wishing_gate
    wishing_gate
    Participant

    My four year old son does. As a kid, i loved the idea of Santa coming down our chimney and leaving us little gifts. Of course, I grew up in a religious home and so we were taught the true meaning of Christmas too. Charlie also knows the true meaning of Christmas but I think its nice for them to believe in Santa, there’s no harm in it.

    Embra: I love the idea that you leave little presents to people in your neighbourhood. I’m going to have to do that with Charlie this year, I’m sure he’s love it!

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