Santa Claus

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Registered: 11-19-2009
Santa Claus
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Thu, 11-19-2009 - 9:03pm
My parents never instilled a belief in Santa Claus in me as a child. It was never a big deal to me and I respected other children's belief. I don't feel that I missed out on the spirit of Christmas or a belief in the fantastic. It had always been my plan that when I had children that I wouldn't teach them about Santa either. My husband however thinks that it is important that our son believes in Santa. I guess to some extent I feel like, why would I instill a belief that will inevitably be dashed? Is there something that I'm missing? Why is it important that a child believes in Santa? I feel like I don't get it. Is there anyone else that feels the same way that I do?
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In reply to: sjuder
Fri, 11-20-2009 - 6:46am
To me Santa is the commercial side of Christmas.

 

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Registered: 04-02-2009
In reply to: sjuder
Fri, 11-20-2009 - 8:25am

We do Santa but he's limited. He only brings the stuff in the stocking which includes a toothbrush, some candy and a small toy (under $10)....

We also celebrate St Nicholas day putting out our shoes. He brings gold covered chocolate coins and a new ornament for each child..

the presents under the tree (3 per child) are from dh and I. Santa is not going to get the credit for my dh's hard work

Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James, Abigail, Theresa & John


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Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Registered: 03-28-2003
In reply to: sjuder
Sun, 11-22-2009 - 11:23pm

I don't think it is important, exactly -- but it is a lot of fun! Believing in a bit of magic stokes the imagination. As a child, I loved to look for Santa in the sky on the way home from Children's Mass, and listen for him as I drifted off to sleep. I liked thinking about the North Pole, and the reindeer, and the whole myth. I think the good side of Santa is that it teaches that there is more to the world than what we see. He's also a model of generosity.


That said, if

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Registered: 05-02-2003
In reply to: sjuder
Mon, 11-23-2009 - 1:40pm

You could choose to celebrate St. Nicholas day with a small present if you really don't want to get into Santa.