Is society obligated to maintain the Santa story?

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Is society obligated to maintain the Santa story?
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Tue, 12-20-2011 - 4:49pm

On a work forum I frequent, a mom posted a bit of a rant about a story on Yahoo's homepage about Justin Bieber's parents not allowing him to believe in Santa. She was outraged that this story exposed Santa as being a fake.

My response was that any child young enough/immature enough to still believe in Santa shouldn't be roaming around online reading news without heavy monitoring

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Do kids as old as 8, 9, 12 still believe in Santa or do they just go along with the fun?

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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At our house, if the tooth fairy had so many pickups that she didn't come the first night, she would leave $2 instead of $1 the second night. I think kids will believe in Santa if they want to. My older dd believed for a long time, in spite of "knowing" there wasn't any Santa. When she was little, I remember we were reading one of those "Fudge" books together when I realized it let the cat out of the bag. he next day she was talking about Santa as usual. She just wanted to believe (but this is a kid who claimed to believe in fairies until just a couple of years ago). OTOH, my younger one was born questioning everything. She's probably the one who told her older sister. But they both still play along for the fun of it.
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DS is making a trip to the oral surgeon next week to have some teeth removed, weird problem up there.

 

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My 12 y/o certainly believed in Santa to some extent until 5th grade (I imagine she had doubts but she never confonted me about it until right after school started that year).

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Lol. That probably would have worked with dd1, but dd2 would never buy it!
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i am one of six kids, there's about a five year gap b/w the oldest two and the rest of us. every christmas eve we went to midnight mass then we had to go to bed when we got home EXCEPT them. i remember them saying once that they were santa's assigned elves who were allowed to stay up to help, Lol. i was probably 6 or 7 which would have made them 11 or older.

 

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The year that my oldest found out, the key to her helping "keep the secret" was to allow her to stay up after the others went to bed to help me fill their stockings.