How long did you believe ...


spotty
on Dec 05, 2007 @ 11:51 am

... in Santa Claus?

Never, your family does not do Christmas ...
Never, an older sibling spoiled it for you ...
Until grade school ...
Still believe!

I know, Santa Claus is such a wonderful and novel idea that I'm sure we ALL wish was real. Wouldn't that be nice??? But I was just curious when it was that you realized he was but a dream ... ?

For me, sadly, I'm the youngest of 4 kids ... so, I was quickly ruined re: Santa Claus.
 

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Feisty Redhead
not long enough! on Dec 05, 2007 @ 01:02 pm

My mother told me the truth about Santa when I was about 3 or 4 years old. I didn't really care all that much as a kid cause hey if there's presents then all's well, right? But once I got older and even now I wish she hadn't done that, that she'd given me at least a couple years to believe in something so wonderful and fun.

I choose now to believe in Santa, or maybe moreso the spirit of Santa. Maybe just because I feel I was cheated as a kid and I need to believe now to try to get some of that magic of Christmas back.
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Jessica Conant-Park
Too old... on Dec 05, 2007 @ 02:20 pm

I'm not sure exactly how old, but my mother says that she finally had to tell me because she was afraid that another child might reveal it to me and I would be horribly embarrassed. I was a teenager or anything, LOL, but apparently it was high time I knew the awful truth.

My son is 6 1/2 and I have no idea when he should know. It's so heartbreaking to know I'm going to have to disappoint him one of these days...he is so into the whole idea of Santa coming to our house. I'll have to wait until an off-season to talk to him about it since it wouldn't very nice to bring that up a few days before Christmas!
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Ali de Bold
Hahahaha! on Dec 05, 2007 @ 02:39 pm

Oh this is so funny. Great thread, Spotty! I think I was about 10. Very naive child. That plus my father would go into the Garage and shout "ho ho ho!" as it had a nice echo-y quality. Then he would come inside and go "Did you guys hear that?? I think it came from the roof!" And we would all freak out.
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Anonymous
??? on Dec 05, 2007 @ 05:21 pm

I don't understand.... what's all this about no santa?
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khourianya
seven on Dec 06, 2007 @ 09:37 am

I think I clearly remember me being 7 when I found out..My brotehr was probably 6 (he's 2 years younger than me and I can't remember if I told him to be mean or if he asked and found out)

I think the best time to tell them is when they have alot of questions....I have nieces and nephews who are probably going to be at that age soon and it is important to show them that there is still magic to Christmas, even if Santa isn't real. and to reassure them that "Santa" will always leave them presents because he thinks they are special. hell, I'm in my 30's and my parents STILL buy me "Santa gifts"
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mamaluv
myself, my kids.... hmmm on Dec 06, 2007 @ 11:14 am

I don't really remember when I found out. I have always been a bit of a skeptic about most things, so I don't know how much I bought into the whole thing - I'd have to ask my mom maybe!

This part is more in response to Jessica...
My daughter asked me point-blank about 2 years ago about Santa (she was 6 at the time). We were talking about tooth fairies, mermaids, everything. I mulled it over, and then decided I wasn't going to lie about it. We are a Christian household, so our emphasis has never really been on Santa Claus anyway - it's about the Baby Jesus etc etc. She was disappointed but took it well.

I did explain that the legend of Santa Claus was based on an actual person - "Saint" Nicholas - who lived in the 3rd (?) century AD and was known for giving gifts to the poor (also secretly). She was happy to know that there had been such a person and that we, in a certain way, remember the values he stood for.

My daughter now tries to tell her friends the "truth" and has brought several of them to tears! I felt bad about this, and told her to allow her friends who want to still believe the freedom to do so. So far I haven't received any irate calls from these kids' parents (*knock on wood*). We watched the movie "Polar Express" last year and it was a little confusing for her.

"Maybe I can pretend I still believe, but know that it's really not true," she decided. For some reason it has worked. Gotta love 8-yr old logic!
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reeshie19
hahahahahaha! on Dec 06, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

i believed in santa until i was about 10 as well...before i got into bed i would out on looooootttttsssss of make up (bad enough to scare santa away in the first place) and hop that he would give me an extra present or two.id stay awake almost whole night tossing n turning and waiting to see if anyone had sipped on the milk or taken a bite of a cookie...halarious!but wen my parents broke it to me i was quite embarrassed hehehehe x x x
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Nik05
scared...lol on Dec 06, 2007 @ 05:32 pm

I believed in Santa until I was maybe 10...my cousins tried to tell me he wasn't real..but I wouldn't hear it.
The silly thing is...I was somewhat scared of Santa (Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy as well). I would wake up in the middle of the night before the holiday, and be scared that he would be in my house at that moment. It really freaked me out that he would be there in the middle of the night while I was sleeping.
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artist
Spoiled by my cousins and older sister! on Dec 08, 2007 @ 11:52 pm

I knew he never existed, because I was told a looonnngggg time ago (don't even remember how old I was) by my older sister and cousins that he didn't exist. In fact, I also think that once Mom said to me when I was young that she was "Santa Claus".
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MizzRobin
hmm... on Dec 09, 2007 @ 10:52 am

I believed til I was about 10...I do remember ruining it for my little sister by accident though...we were sitting on the couch and she said something like " i can't wait for santa to come" and I matter of factly looked at her and said "you're kidding right, it's dad"....I remember the look of horror on her face (i'll never forget it) and then I remember my mom asking me what I had done.... I wish I could take it back! Ah ahahah! Anyway, so yeah me, 10 and SouthFloridaGal (my sister) roughly 7....
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