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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DS is making a trip to the oral surgeon next week to have some teeth removed, weird problem up there.

 

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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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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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I'll just park my ditto here.

Chris

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

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Lol, that is funny!

i loved the excitement and surprised looks on their faces when they used to come down and find leftover "snow" tracks near the fireplace, or they'd ask why santa only took one bite of the cookie we left for him the night before... a little boy told me recently that his family leaves olives out for santa, Lol. i told him that was a great idea!

 

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I never once told my kids about Santa or contributed to the myth, but they still believed in Santa and constructed their own mythology. I will never foregt one of my sons telling the other "There has to be a Santa. Otherwise Mom and Dad got all this stuff, and you KNOW Dad is too cheap to do something like this."
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I assume that my kids knew the truth when they were about preschool age. I have no doubt that they had it figured out long before I realized that they had. I think that most kids pretend that they believe as much for their parent's sake, as parents pretend for their kids' sake. Our rule of thumb, we simply don't talk about Santa in public.
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i was in a 4th grade classroom the other day (what age is this.. 9?), there was one little girl that was going on and on about knowing there was NO santa. she said she even caught her mom wrapping the presents when she was supposed to be in bed! i didn't say a word as there was no point in agreeing with her and nothing gained in calling her right about it, but it does sadden me a little to see that "innocence" go. i think this is the first real year DS, 8 doesn't believe, there was skepticism last year too but he includes the logic this year like remembering where we hid the presents at last year, that moms and dads shop at walmart for toys NOT santa, etc. Lol.

we celebrate christmas in both the christian way and secular way. santa claus is a part of the spirit of christmas, that's what i tell my kids.