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    Default When did your children stop believing?

    For those that do Santa Claus when did your children start asking questions or stop believing in Santa altogether, and how did it happen? Did you break it to them? Friends? Did they ask and you didn't want to outright lie? What did you do?

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    Default Re: When did your children stop believing?

    Subscribing as dd1 is 7. School kid talk. She hasn't asked the question yet. A mum at school had her son ask in year 3. She replied with "what do you think? if Santa doesn't exist do you think you would get the presents you get at xmas?" He replied with "good point. There is no way you could afford to buy them" end of discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesperatelySeekingSleep View Post
    Subscribing as dd1 is 7. School kid talk. She hasn't asked the question yet. A mum at school had her son ask in year 3. She replied with "what do you think? if Santa doesn't exist do you think you would get the presents you get at xmas?" He replied with "good point. There is no way you could afford to buy them" end of discussion.

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    DS is 7 as well. The last 2 days- I have received the same questions. I tried the 'can't afford it' tactic but I didn't feel that this completely resolved the issue. Tied in with the fact that he's not getting his top presents this year (PS3 and Skylanders) and I'm worried- I'm not ready to give up Santa yet!

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    Default Re: When did your children stop believing?

    Yep I always turn it around on my kids when they ask about Santa, them, mum, is Santa real ? Me, what do you think ? Do you think Santa is real ? They always say yes and that's the end of it. I think all little kids want to believe in Santa.

    At or house all the presents are from dp and myself and their stockings are from Santa.

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    DD is 5 and has asked me a few times if Santa is real. I've done the "what do you think" thing and tried to answer her questions about why we never see him but I think he's fading...

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    My DS1 is 6 and the kids talk at school too. He has asked me this year if Santa is real. I say, 'My parents never told me Santa wasn't real' (which is true) so I am continuing with that. I don't think I will ever tell them outright, but obviously there will come a time when they will realise, but that doesn't mean we can't all pretend once in a while. I think, in life, you can make your own magic.

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    Here's something I found on the net;

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    Is Santa Real? It's All About Perspective
    If you think your child has it all figured out, it's a good idea to be truthful with her. When she asks, "Is Santa real?" you could explain that Saint Nicholas was, in fact, a real person from long ago. He was known for leaving presents for the children in his village, and for caring for the poor and unfortunate. The legend grew over time, becoming the story we all know. Be sure you include your family's beliefs and values in the conversation, reinforcing the fact that Santa exists in the hearts and souls of all people who are kind and generous.

    Even adults understand that there is some magic to the legend of Santa Clause and that magic can't always be explained. How many sour hearts have been turned sweet by the inspiration of The Jolly Old Elf? Is that not magic? Is it not real? How has his legend managed to survive from generation to generation? And for generations to come? Reality is often about perspective. If your child understands that belief and faith are choices we all make, she may choose to believe in something even greater and enduring.

    It might also be time to review some of your family's Christmas traditions. Instead of writing a letter to Santa every year, your tween could become a Secret Santa for a younger sibling or neighborhood child. Or, she could bake cookies or bread for elderly neighbors.

    Your daughter may no longer look for reindeer on Christmas Eve, but she might be ready to embrace the spirit of Santa Clause in a different way, and spread the joy of giving in her own special way. Helping her do so guarantees that in her heart, Santa will live forever, and is, in fact, very real.

    So, when your tween asks, "Is Santa real?" you can answer, "Yes, he is. But not in the way you think. Here's what I mean..."

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    I really like this explanation, I think I will try to keep Santa alive for this year and if I'm posed with the same question next year- this is the tactic we'll take.

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    My eldest is 8.5yo I was 8 when I figured it out, I put plastic bags in the stocking on the end of my bed and santa was skinny and short like my mum

    I like this letter about the truth I had really liked another one a couple of years back and saved it then my computer crashed and I lost it, lol. it basically talked about the original saint nicholas and how we parents thought what he did was really great and because Christmas is about sharing love so we continue it on by pretending to be santa and now the child who has found out can help be santa to their siblings/cousins and friends until they're all older I'm paraphrasing obviously but you get the idea.

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    Default When did your children stop believing?

    She's 7. She still believes. She has asked be before and I just said, "you know me... Do you really think I can afford to buy you all this stuff?" Lol

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    I LOVED that TA! It is exactly how I would like to explain it. I would still like to hold onto just one more Christmas though. If the question is asked next year- that's when I'll break it! Thanks heaps!


 

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