We do Santa because its the most awesome misinformation/lies I was ever told. So much fun.
Kids figure it out, life goes on. But there is nothing more wonderful then being a child waiting for Santa to come. So awesome.
I want my kids to understand that not everything in life is 100% accurate. Some of its really good, a lot of it is bad. I want them to worry about the bad stuff, and be well informed. I also want them to enjoy life and not take it too seriously all the time.
Christmas is awesome fun.
I totally agree with this sentiment. I remember as a child the excitement and mystery of Christmas. I just loved it. My memories of this time are happy ones. One Christmas Eve we heard bells outside and was convinced it was the sleigh. Of course I later found out years down the track it was my uncle jingling bells outside our window but I didn't care...the memory was beautiful.Kids figure it out, life goes on. But there is nothing more wonderful then being a child waiting for Santa to come. So awesome.
We do our heads in with all this politically correct stuff and worry about things that don't really matter. I'm grateful to my parents for having the attitude that SSP has. I hope I can pass the same onto my kids.
Last edited by Caviar; 10-11-2013 at 23:01.
We do Santa because Santa is awesome. But I am teaching my kids that Santa doesn't come to all children, only those that want him to. So we talk about how other children have other celebrations like Eid and Diwali, and Santa's not part of those celebrations. And that some kid still have Christmas but Santa doesn't come to their house because their mums and dads just get all their presents. We are starting a bit of a tradition of going to the shopping centre to see Santa (yes my DS thinks that's the real Santa!) because you need to tell him that you want him to come, and tell him what you'd like (there's no guarantees you'll get what you ask for though)
No santa here, or christmas really, we do informal christmassy stuff with relatives who are keen on it but our family celebrations are based around the seasonal - solstice, longest day of the year. Same diff really, lots of food, bit of booze, relaxed day and fun. Santa doesn't visit, we give gifts to each other to show appreciation and love and all that shiz. Actually with eldest child only 2, Santa hasn't even been mentioned or noticed. I don't think the kids will mind or be deprived, and I'm no good at fibbing to them/making things up so this way is better for us as parents.
I've read some, but not all, responses so far.
DD will be 15 months this Christmas so not really an issue. We haven't decided what to do yet.
Ideally I'd like to have incorporate the idea into our celebrations somehow, but not have it too overdone. I'd also like to answer questions of "how does Santa get in? Is Santa real" etc. with "Well what do you think? That could be it. Some people believe..." etc.
It might take a bit of thought though to figure out what we're happy with.
The lead up to Christmas was so exciting as a child. I can still remember being so excited on Christmas eve that I would go to bed straight after dinner, but not be able to fall asleep til silly o'clock. As we got older and found out Santa wasn't real, we appreciated the effort my parents went to. We all still have a present from Santa under the tree Christmas morning
It's now heart warming watching the next generation go through that same excitement that we did.
That's why we do Santa.
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