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It might seem that kids today grow up way too fast, but that's not the case when it comes to a certain Christmas icon. A whopping three-quarters of parents who took iVillage's "The Truth About Santa" poll said their children are still true believers when it comes to St. Nick. And 51 percent said they’re not in a rush to reveal the truth until their kids are at least 8 years old.
The right age to break the news is between 8 and 12 years old, according to 40 percent of parents surveyed. Only 26 percent, however, were able to fess up themselves -- nearly 40 percent of parents reported that their kids found out in school or from friends.
Of course, believing has its perks for parents, too -- with 62 percent invoking threats of the "naughty list" to motivate better behavior. And 81 percent are detail-oriented when it comes to presents, clearly differentiating between the gifts from Santa and those from Mom and Dad.
For those families in which the jolly jig is up, seasonal spirit is still in full force -- 83 percent say they decorate their homes with Christmas themes; 62 percent have their kids take a photo with Santa; and 48 percent leave cookies for the big guy.
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