We are the opposite to most though I think - we tell DS the Jesus story is just a fairy tale but Santa is real!
Xmas is huge in my family - my mum is Jewish and had her first Xmas at 21 with my dad's family while he was in Vietnam ( they were just married when he was conscripted) she missed him terribly but was treated to a wonderful Xmas with my grandparents and dads family, she had a stocking and pressys and just loved how the family all got together - dad spent his only ever Xmas away from her and his family and vowed that when he got home he would make her and their future kids have the best Xmas ever and I can tell you he did - we are lucky we still do our same family traditions 43 years later and now I do too with DS
when I found out that it was mum and dad who bought all our presents and not Santa I was stunned and so thankful that they went to all that trouble - kids are only little for so long - the delight we and our parents have in hearing DS talk about Santa and watching him Xmas morning is priceless - then as he gets older he will realise , like we all did , it's about family and love and having a day off from worry and stress of everyday life and getting carried away with it all!
Last edited by Elijahs Mum; 10-11-2013 at 20:26.
Yes I do Santa and so does the rest of my family and the outlaws.
I really love Christmad for the family time and two whole days of it. Santa was a wonderful part of that growing up so I want my DS to enjoy it as well.
No harm in letting the magic and imagination keep happening for generations to come
I respect that some people don't "do" Santa, but I do hope that those people teach their children that Santa is real for other children and to not spoil the fun.
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But in case anyone is too concerned, I don't take these alternative made up stories too seriously, I certainly wouldn't be telling them to my kids with the standard Santa-strength conviction, and spend years encouraging them to believe it's true.
It'd be more like... here is a Christmas story that lots of people enjoy (so they can learn about society and culture and play along with friends ) but now here are some different ones! Because stories are fun.
We do Santa/Christmas and The Hogfather/Hogswatch so... Those, I guess, when bub is old enough to know why there are random presents a round.
Back in my day, ABC played Alice Cooper on the kids cartoons and our cartoons could talk. Being a kid sucks now.
My children know it's just a random man in a suit, but they know that other kids probably think it's the real santa, or as my Mum told me, one of santa's helpers.
Purple Lily (10-11-2013)
We don't DO Santa - but we enjoy xmas
If the kids want to write a letter to Santa and his reindeers - I let them...I just don't sign gift tags with 'his' name.
Our 'Giftmas tree' is a wall decal, - the year before that I cut a branch off of the massive Banksia tree next door and stuck it in a pot!
I don't tell them that he 'isn't real' - I ask them what they think, when the question arises, and listen to their answers, and help them research the stories from various parts of the world.
I won't be telling them "not to spoil it for others" - I'll allow them to have conversations of their own, with their own thoughts.
The same goes for the Nativity story.
Our celebrations are just a joyful
I've been thinking about the people who don't 'do' Santa and the whole thing with spoiling it for others. An earlier post about Jesus got me thinking actually.
We aren't overtly religious. When my kids ask about Jesus I tell them that 'He was a good man who lived a long time ago and some people believe etc etc'. They don't go around saying that Jesus isn't real to their religious friends. In fact, it doesn't really come up. I read them the story of Christmas and I don't present it as fact or fiction, I'd rather my kids decide that for themselves. I guess it's the same with Santa. If you present it as 'Some people believe.. ' then it shouldn't cause dramas as its not teaching them in a disrespectful way.
We do santa, I'll be devo when Miss 9 stops believing.
Santa fills the stocking, gives one present from the list & a family present (usually a game), we give the rest.
I love Christmas Eve, putting out the snacks & all the excitement, as a parent it's one of my favorite times.
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