santa clause

Canada
April 11, 2007 5:11pm CST
even if you celebrate christmas did you teach your kids about santa? i celebrate christmas but i didn't want to teach her about sants. my ex and i really dissagreed on this for a while. i thought, it wasn't about that and why lie to her about it and when she's older she'll be disapointed about there really not being a santa. but then i guess i realized she'll be disapointed for a few days and that won't take away the joy in her face of seeing santa at the mall and so on for all those years.
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• Canada
11 Apr 07
My parents taught me about Santa and then taught me that he didn't exist. I was not disappointed that he did not exist, I was disappointed that they made me believe in something that wasn't true, and then taught me not to lie. Though the disappointment in there not being a Santa won't be that great, there's liable to be something deeper.
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• Canada
11 Apr 07
that was my main point. i didn't want to lie to her.
• United States
12 Apr 07
Yes, we are teaching our kids about Santa. I can see your point on this, but I also think that children are only children for such a short period of time. I think it's a blessing to let them have their little fantasies or magical people and creatures like Santa, the Easter Bunny, etc. They will soon grow up and have to face the cold hard facts about life...I think these beliefs help them have a happier childhood.
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@jennysp8 (855)
• United States
11 Apr 07
I don't think it's a lie to children. I let me kids believe in Santa Clause but I don't over induldge them in this thought. They believe in Santa because it's fun but at the same time I teach what Christmas is actually all about. When they are older and I teach them he isn't real - I can explain the true story of St. Nick who back in the day did deliver gifts to children of his area back then. There is no harm in it as long as the parent controls the situation and doesn't make the entire holiday about the made up figure.
@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I raise my daughter with the santa myth and also taught her about Christ. I did not see a need to take anything aways from the fun of Christmas. I later explained to her that mom and dad were just Santa helpers because he could not be every where at one time. I don't see that she was harmed in anyway believeing in Santa.
@KissThis (3008)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I taught my children the true meaning of Santa. Santa was a mna who gave good boys and girls gifts at Christmas time. I have told my children about the original Santa, not the one at the mall. I have explained that there is not fat jolly man to come down our chimney.I am their Santa. I am the one who buys their gifts at Christmas. I believe that anyone can be "Santa" you just have to care enough to share. Santa means to me someone who gives to others without worrying about him/herself during the Christmas season.
@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
12 Apr 07
We're going to tell our son about Santa, and let him know why other kids believe that someone else brings them gifts. We will let him know that it's not true, though. We celebrate Christmas, and we buy him gifts and everything, but we are going to let him know that they are from us. We did take him to sit on Santa's lap last year. But we are going to let him know that it's kinda like Halloween, it's okay to dress up. But that man isn't really Santa, and he's not really going to bring him gifts.