What do you tell your kids about Santa?

  1. Just Curious about this...

    Do you pretend Santa comes or not? Do you tell them the truth if they ask?
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  3. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Brian still believes, but it's getting hard.

    Just yesterday we were in a grocery store, and they have this kiosk set up. You can address the letter and put a stamp on it and drop it off, and they will mail it so it looks like it came form the North Pole. Well, there stands my 8 year old reading it all plain as day. Think they could be a little more discreet?

    When he asks, I'll tell him the truth. But I remember when my mom told me the truth, and how mad I was at her for lying to me.

    But every year we leave him goodies and milk, and he always leaves us a nice thank you note.

    Heather
  4. by   researchrabbit
    Somewhere, out there, that man in a red suit is hangin' out with the reindeer.

    Easy to tell my kids that he's real since he seems so real to me.

    I think they are humoring me at this point...

    Each kid did eventually ask if he was real. My reply was I thought so, but even if you decide he's not, YOU can have that spirit of giving in your own heart...and besides, it's harmless and hurts no one even if you do decide he's real.

    My kids also "knew" that Santa only gives one present. And it's a present made by elves, who do NOT shop or Walmart and have NOT had any electronics classes. Plus, kids who SAY they get more than one present from Santa...well...their parents are too lazy to wrap their presents...

    At any rate, we are still leaving cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer, even though they're teenagers now...
    Last edit by researchrabbit on Nov 22, '02
  5. by   karenG
    found out last year that the kids were humouring me- overheard the eldest (14) telling the 10yr old to keep pretending cos mum still believes!!

    Karen
  6. by   rebelwaclause
    Don't have any kids, but if I did I would tell them Santa is a fun fictional character, however Jesus is the reason for the season.
  7. by   emily_mom
    Em's only four, so we all get into it. She is warned regularly that Santa is watching her (it works too!). She loves Santa and wants to marry him. I think she got that from Santa Clause 2!

    Anywho, she also knows the whole Christmas story about Jesus. We also sponsor a family and 3 separate kids each year so she knows the true meaning of giving. She helps us shop for them and pick out toys for the kids (who says a 10 year old doesn't want Barbie cash register? haha).
  8. by   kittyw
    I ask my little one what he thinks about Santa ... and allow him to tell me about Santa, what he does, how he gets in, the whole nine yards.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Jesus is indeed the reason for the season..I teach my kids that...but I also believe "santa" brings some of the magic. it's about balance, I would say. and can you believe, at 10, my son still believes? his doubts are coming out.....and i will let him draw the conclusion and when it hits, will admit the "guilt" of it all.....I just love the excitement in my kids' eyes and the notes the write "santa" the night before, as well as the little snacks they take great care to select for him and the reindeer. these are things they will remember always. as will I as their mom.
  10. by   LasVegasRN
    Emma has been taught that Christmas is celebrating Jesus' birthday. Because Jesus loves all of us so much and especially children, he wants EVERYONE to share in the celebration. Santa Claus helps in this celebration by delivering gifts.

    She helps Santa by going through the toys she no longer wants or plays with and giving them to the kids who don't have a home (Childhaven is the women's & childrens shelter here). After going through all the clothes she has outgrown and the toys she wants to donate, we go to the shelter and deliver them. My hope is that by doing this she will remember the season is about love, sharing, and giving.

    It was really cute last year when my Dad and brother were here. Christmas morning I had my brother yell "HO HO HO!!" from downstairs. You should have seen Emma bolt out of bed trying to see Santa. It was hilarious.
  11. by   Rustyhammer
    My kids believe in Santa still. Except for the 15 year old.
    A couple of years ago my son (then 9) came home and told me "John is all messed up! He believes in God but doesn't believe in Santa!"
    -Russell
  12. by   meandragonbrett
    My mom and dad always told me " As long as you believe"


    Brett
  13. by   shygirl
    Just this year, my daughter heard something on TV that said Santa wasn't real. She turned to me and said "What"? I explained to her that some people do not believe in Santa. I told her Santa is in our hearts and in our lives because we believe!
    I make her watch Miracle on 34th Street. It is the same theory. That's probably where I get my explanation from.
    Shygirl
  14. by   bagladyrn
    My favorite Christmas movie! I don't feel like the season has started until I've seen it at least once!

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