Santa Claus

United States
December 14, 2006 10:53am CST
I want to know everyone's opinion on tell your child about Santa Claus. If you do when would be the best time to tell them that you are Santa Claus. Do you think the schools should tell the children about Santa Claus. I personally did not tell my child about Santa Claus but his teachers told him. I did not want to tell him about it because I did not want to lie to him. What would you do? By the way I am afraid he would disappoint the other children if I told him. He is 6yrs old
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@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
14 Dec 06
I don't think that there is anything wrong with a child believing in Santa Clause, I think that it's important for a child to let their imaginations soar...it's part of what makes being a kid so much fun. I personally would not tell a child that I'm really Santa Clause, I think it's something that you should let them decide for themselves, when they are ready to stop believing in him, they will.
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• Australia
15 Dec 06
I couldnt agree with you more. Christmas is a magical time for kids. I really cant handle the "newage" thoughts of "lying" to your kids. Do you tell them angels exist???? Do you tell them that Fairies exist??? People will do what they like and its noones buisness to try and tell someone how they should do it. I just find it sad that, thats the type of world we live in now.
• Philippines
15 Dec 06
yeah..you said it! ;)
@nzinky (822)
• United States
15 Dec 06
Believeing in Santa Claus is not a bad thing I still believe in him..........and I'm 63 years old.......When he learns that Santa is the spirit of giving and not getting or wanting anything in return haven't you ever bought something for someone and gave it with out them finding out who gave it to them?????????at six years old let him have his blief until he ask who santa is.........
• United States
15 Dec 06
I wont tell him unless he asks
@jesi06 (279)
• United States
14 Dec 06
My children found out much the same way....at school. When they started to go to school other children told them that "Santa" was not real and that it was their parents who bought them presents.I explained to them that although Santa was not a live person he did exist in our hearts as he is more or less "the spirit of Christmas" just as the Easter Bunny is the "spirit of Easter" and so on. This may seem like a lie to some, but it was easier for them to take then me lying to them for years :)
@chertsy (3805)
• United States
15 Dec 06
When that time comes, I will explain to my kids about the real story behind Santa or Saint Nick. It's kinda hard with a older child that would give anything to destroy the joy of Santa from my youngest. Spirit of Easter was destroyed last year, when my kids went to look for eggs and noticed bunny hair all over the back yard. They now believe that the Easter bunny has seen his last days. Plus I think playing Santa keeps you young at heart, stupid as it may sound. Have to have a good imagination to pull it off each year.
@mfrancq (1808)
• United States
14 Dec 06
This is what they should be teaching the children - This is what they should be teaching the children
A child simply lets you know when he is ready for the truth. Schools do not have the right what so ever to make this decision for you. They are supposed to teach your children, not crush their imagination and their happiness. I can't believe the things our school systems are getting away with. It is just sad!
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• United States
15 Dec 06
I agree
• United States
14 Dec 06
I figure by 8 the kid should know the truth. break his heart if neccesary, its sad adults invent this huge lie over 1 day a year.
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• United States
15 Dec 06
I found out when I was nine
@leese29 (341)
• United States
14 Dec 06
We tell our children about Santa, they are 4 and 1. It just adds a little excitement for them. My son loves to write (well scribbles lol) letters to Santa and hearing storys about the reindeer. He puts cookies and milk out Christmas Eve and gets a real kick out of it the next morning when they are gone. I think it is your decision and if you don't feel comfortable with it then you shouldn't. My parents let me believe in Santa and when I eventually found out he wasn't true I never felt like they were lying to me because it isn't meant to be hurtful but fun and exciting. It sounds like you raise your children with a lot of love and that is what really matters, to each his own.
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• United States
15 Dec 06
Thanks
@kesfylstra (1870)
• United States
14 Dec 06
I will tell my daughter about Santa, but as a story. She will always know that her gifts come from her father and me, because we love her. I would hope that schools would not promote the idea of Santa being real, but if her's does and she says its not true, nuts to them. I'm not lying to my child either. But she is only 16 months old, so I don't have to worry yet. Stick to your convictions!
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• United States
14 Dec 06
Yeah I hope so too.
@abukaka (40)
• Malaysia
15 Dec 06
I asked a 6 yrs old kid "Do you think Santa exists?", guess what he said to me.... "Yeah! Actually I've send an email with my wish to santa.claus@gmail.com! I can't wait for my present~~~!"
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• Finland
15 Dec 06
SantaClaus Finland - See more about this fairy tale at: http://www.santaclaus.fi/?deptid=14561
You shouldn't tell to your children, no one should tell them the truth, they will find out themsekf about Santa Claus and that's the best way of it to be! That's a fairy tale they deserve!
• Canada
15 Dec 06
Santa Claus - Santa
Both of my children have been told that there is a Santa Claus. My oldest is 12 now and helps us keep Santa "alive" by telling her little sister to be good because Santa is waiting. It's not so much a lie that we are telling our children as it is a story that our imaginations carry on and make real for us. There will be a day when they find out, but I don't think I have ever heard of a child that got made for believing for years and then finding out the truth. In my experience, I have found that it's the kids that know that make things miserable for the children that believe. My youngest, she's 7, was told this year that Santa doesn't exist and she was heartbroken. We have reaffirmed her belief in him and she is again looking forward to Christmas. It's all just part of the spirit of Christmas, not about whether we are lying to our children or not.
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@vmoore709 (1102)
• United States
15 Dec 06
I tell my kids all about Santa. I think it's great to have them excited. I don't consider it a "lie." It's a tradition that has been passed down for ages. I love watching my kids faces during Christmas and partly because of the magic, including Santa. I think if you don't tell them there's a Santa you're robbing them of part of their childhood.
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@Katie247 (64)
• Philippines
15 Dec 06
I have a nephew who knows that Santa is nobody but just a Cartoon Character, who just give gifts to behaved kiddos and just says ho-ho-ho at Christmas. I can't see anything good in telling lies to children. They are so innocent. I think it would be better to disappoint the other children because of the truth than making them happy with those lies. =)
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15 Dec 06
6 years old and told by the teachers? :O That's no fun for him! I can see why you didn't want to tell him, I think it's better when a child finds out themselfs when there about 10+ that way at least they've had the excitement of santa for 10 years. Believing in Santa, also helps them to behave as they believe Santa only visits good children...
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@ThulsZ (784)
• India
15 Dec 06
santa - ...santa
ya..y not even my mom said this to me when was in that age....
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@luskas (3430)
• Portugal
15 Dec 06
I think they discover by themselves sooner or later... Children nowadays are much more perceptive to that kinda stuff. I think you should go on with that little fake because one day he will know that is you Santa. Besides i think their much more interested in the gifts :)
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@iluvujoy (311)
• Philippines
15 Dec 06
I think you just inform your child about Santa Claus and tell your child that He is just a creation for christmas...like fairytales. If I will have my child soon, I will also tell my child about Santa Claus. He is not real, Santa is just a myth but we should inform children about who he is because he is so famous.
@vanities (11385)
• Davao, Philippines
15 Dec 06
dont tell her that your the santa, it will ceased the suspense and mystery of santa claus..schools should not tell children or reveal who was santa...
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@treblem (316)
• Philippines
15 Dec 06
it is best to start early. let's not compromise the truth. truth will aways hurt but will always set us free. it is right to tell the children the truth that santa claus is not true. so they will not continue the lie to the next generation.
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@emagyne (665)
• United States
15 Dec 06
I think around about the age of 8 or 9. Kids are smart these days and alot of times they hear it from someone at school anyway. My daughter said she had knew for awhile, I just told her this year and shes 9.
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• United States
15 Dec 06
Well since the teacher ruined it for you, now you have to tell him all about Santa's sidekick Krampus and have him ask the teacher to explain that to the class. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus
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