Do you still make your kids believe in santa claus?

Philippines
December 7, 2010 10:15am CST
We all know as adults that Santa Claus is not real, not the St. Nicholas but the magical Santa who rides on flying sleigh. As a kid I used to believe in him and I know most of us do. But now as an adult, don't you think it is kinda wrong to teach your kids to believe in him? I know it is cute, but it is still deceiving. What would they think after a few years when they realize that we fooled them? My 5 year old kid doesn't believe in Santa Claus, but we did try to make him when he was younger. But I guess he is too smart. So what do you think about it?
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@magrylouyu (1632)
• United States
7 Dec 10
I grew up believing in Santa. I turned out just fine. My parents didnt 'make' me believe in him I just did. Soon enough I realized he was not real and I never blamed my parents for letting believe in Santa. My 4 children all believe in him. I let them go on as long as they wish to believe that there really is a Santa out there. I've never heard of children who thought it was wrong of people to say he is real. It's been going on for many many years. I also believe it also helps with imagination. Just like the 'tooth fairy' or the Easter Bunny it's all the same exact concept.
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@oldchem1 (8144)
7 Dec 10
I have never MADE my children believe in Santa/Father Christmas - but they all have and now even as adults (my eldest is almost 40) none of them have ever uttered the dreaded words' there isn't a Santa' - because there is, there's the spirit of Christmas, a magical time, whatever you call it but I think it is cruel and hard NOT to allow children to have this magic in their lives. I simply can't understand why anyone would WANT to tell a child that there isn't a Santa? Why would anyone want to ruin that magic for them? Letting them believe isn't going to do them any harm . They'll work it out by themselves by the age of 8 or 9 (maybe a little sooner, maybe a little later), once they know, that's it...the magic is gone for them, or d as our family do and simply carry on the tradition for ever - I've been able to have a magical Christmas now for 59 years!!. Let them enjoy it. Just let them have their fun while they can and they'll come to the truth on their own and handle it in the way they want. My children were all brought up knowing and celebrating the true meaning of Christmas but it didn't stop that special magic that only Santa can bring. I've taken my 10th grandchild to her first Christmas Grotto today and even at a couple of months old she looked happy!! Keep childhood and the magic of Christmas going as long as you can!!
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@marguicha (97533)
• Chile
7 Dec 10
I donĀ“t remember having made my kids believe in Santa and clearly my children are NOT into that with my grandchildren. Still we made Christmas a magical time. We made up small plays or we sang carols. We made cookies and I did not mind if the kitchen turned into a mess and I was later on crunching coloured balls (from the cookies) under my feet. We made mangers with clay or wire and material. And even though I am not a believer and neither was my husband, we told the children why we were celebrating this holiday. I never was against Santa but thought that the center of the thing was in Jesus birth and the symbol of love he is, even for agnostics like myself.
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@mtrguanlao (5527)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
Hello my friend damned_dle! Yes,I still make my 2 year old girl believe in Santa! When you say Santa Claus,first thing that comes in mind is definitely Christmas and that is why I still tell about Santa to my baby. The true essence of Santa is gift giving especially as we know,to all the kids that has been good all the time. To my experience when I was a kid,I'm so excited about Santa giving me a gift and that I should be a good girl to receive one,I would want my baby to feel that excitement too! I know in time,she will know the truth but the thing is,Christmas is not complete without gift giving and one way to remind us about it is through Santa!
@ClassyCat (1214)
• United States
8 Dec 10
[b][/b]I never 'made' my kids believe in santa - I told them it was a fun game that many kids play, and they shouldn't try to tell them otherwise. But that 'our' Christmas and gifts were a gift from God, who blesses us with the money to be able to buy them, and the good food we eat on that special day. I think it's just sad that kids today only think of Christmas as a time to get things, and never give a thought to what the origin of the holiday is about. It's better to teach them about the fun of being one who is able to give to others, and really fun when you can do it in secret, and watch the receiver of the gift, light up when they open it. I prefer to call it a day to "Keep the Christ in Christmas" cause He IS the reason for the season. 'nuff said. Merry Christmas to all MyLotters
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@nahNiku (17)
• Latvia
7 Dec 10
What? There is no Santa??? :((((
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• Philippines
7 Dec 10
Oopps. I didn't say anything..
@Masihi (4228)
• Canada
8 Dec 10
No, we focus on the religous side of xmas, like Jesus an the wise men and all that stuff. I told them out and out that Santa is an imaginary person, and people like to make up stories about him. But one year I'll explain to them the story behind santa, and how he came to be a favourite children's story at xmastime. I guess my issue is lying to the kids. I mean I know it seems like a small deal to us adults, but it seems to be such a big deal for kids. I mean, I truly did beleive in Santa as a kid, and remember being disappointed when I came across a bag of "santa-style" gifts, and I was twelve years old! (ha ha I was a late bloomer!) Anyway, Santa can be fun, but I would never lie to my kids. Just my opinion.
@steelfist (175)
• India
7 Dec 10
Lol..Funny but a good question..You should not do so..Even though i don't have kids..But i can tell you that Spreading false information to them about such things is not that much good..They may even cry that santa didn't give them gifts on Christmas and then you'll need to buy them 2 gifts.. Happy X'mas in Advance
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@aleic27 (161)
• Philippines
7 Dec 10
It think that Santa Claus arouses imagination on kids. It also helps these kids to think that a person gives gifts to good kids without expecting rewards in return. If you would make your kids believe in Santa Claus, I would suggest that the idea of giving gifts should be the main value focus. Anyway, your kid is fine in that belief. I also don't believe in Santa Clause simply because we don't have a chimney... ^^
@buggles64 (2715)
• United States
7 Dec 10
lol..I don't think I have ever given my children the false ideal of Santa Claus. I have always let them know, that Mom/Dad/family members are the ones buying their gifts. Also, I read the story of baby Jesus to them, so they know why we celebrate the season of caring and sharing. The one thing I don't have to worry about is them being upset because the story of Santa Claus with his 8 tiny reindeer is not real. They also know the story of St. Nicholas, so they are familiar with the real Santa Claus."
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
12 Dec 10
My children are eight years old and four years old and I've not told them that Santa Claus doesn't exist. However, when the time comes that either of them questions his existence to me, I will let them know that being Santa Claus is something that is a lot of fun for parents to do for their children at Christmas. However, I will also be sure to let them know that there is a certain magic about Christmas and that Christmas miracles do happen.
• United States
9 Dec 10
Well both of my kids Believe in Santa Claus. In terms of me thinking of him I think of Jesus allowing for us to have the money to spend on them at this time of the year. Believe! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
9 Dec 10
I would say to the children that Santa is only a story to tell on Christmas. But I would encourage the children to get into the Christmas festivity moods: decorating the house with Christmas tree, playing Christmas recordings, singing Christmas carols, putting up the socks for presents, etc.
@shaggin (37049)
• United States
9 Dec 10
I have always from the start told my kids the truth about Santa. I made sure that I remind them not to talk about Santa to other kids because if they tell other kids the truth about Santa the other kids parents will probably get mad. I explain how they like their children to have fun with the fairytale but I want my kids to know the truth. My kids love Christmas just the same. It doesnt take away any of the excitement by me telling them that santa isnt real. Even though I was way to old to still believe in Santa I still believed in him until I was about 10 when my mother told me the truth. Although I was practically the only kid in school who still believed in Santa I thought my parents would never lie to me so I kept believing in santa. When my mother finally sat me down and told me the truth I was very hurt. I always vowed I wouldnt lie to my kids like that and all those years later when I finally had my own kids I stuck to that vow!
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
8 Dec 10
Kids today are much more smarter than yesterday's. They are also much practical. They will believe in the presents more than the existence of Santa Claus.
@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
There is nothing wrong with some stories and fantasies
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
For me it is not true that Jesus was born in December 25 because he is born on the part of October first.
@hushi22 (4940)
7 Dec 10
hahaha! the kids in our village can no longer be fooled by this story esp that Philippines is hot and Santa's place is cold.