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    Xmas doesn't have to be about religion. Teach him of St Nicholas and his history of gift giving. Likewise with Easter and the pagan origin. The magic and excitement of xmas is gone once the innocence is lost. Savour it!

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    We don't do Santa, I mean, Santa exists and goes to the shopping centre and Christmas parades and appears in TV shows and such. But we don't do the be good/Santa will come and leave presents stuff. Just haven't felt a need really. It's magical enough for all the pressies that mum, dad, other family have bought for the kids and each other to come out and be there on Christmas morning. I'm not very good at making things up like that to my kids. We do a pretty "normal" Christmas apart from that, so carols, decorations, tree etc.

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    We don't celebrate Xmas at all but make a real effort to have special gift days throughout the year when our girls don't expect it.

    We try and teach our girls that its more important to give to others than receive ourselves too 😊

    We still get together with friends / family over the Xmas period for BBQs etc

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    We do Santa and love it! I don't feel bad for not telling my children the truth.
    I love that Santa brings an extra magical element to Christmas.
    I love seeing how excited my children get writing letters to Santa, going to see him and get a photo, leaving out a snack and the anticipation of him coming to our house.
    We make sure our children are extremely grateful for everything they receive, we donate to those less fortunate as us, do kind things for other people. They love choosing gifts to give other people and making them cards and wrapping paper.
    As a family we just LOVE Christmas!!

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    We had Santa when we were little and will do Santa for DS. He's only 1 so I don't think he'll notice this year.
    I've read a few threads on here about Santa over the last couple of years and will be considering how Santa will work in our house - where the presents come from. How we explain Santa etc.

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    Haven't read responses. DD's 3 and old enough to understand. I dislike the same things as you. What we'll do:
    -talk to her about what 'some people believe', including different versions
    -have some presents appear under the tree, and let her interpret that how she likes.
    -direct her to answering her own questions. So... "what do you think?" "some people think that..." "i've heard..." "the story goes..." etc.
    -never direrctly tell her something that isn't true

    My expectation is that she'll somewhat believe it for a while, especially since other people wil; treat it like fact. We'll follow her lead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    Elf on the shelf freaks me out! My kids would find that freaky too I think so we haven't done that.
    WTH is Elf on the Shelf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ565 View Post
    WTH is Elf on the Shelf?
    It's a little elf that comes on the 1st of dec to watch over the family and report back to Santa. S/he comes to life at night only and gets up to mischief!

    I sent letter to Santa with ours, and we got letters back. Things like "you did so well with your homework" etc. kids loved seeing what they were up to each morning!

    These aren't ours, just to give you an idea.

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    I think it's really a personal decision. My parents "lyed" to me and the only part I was sad about was that I worked out he wasn't real. Christmas after that really wasn't that exciting. I don't threaten things that I don't follow through on so I don't threaten that Santa won't bring a gift at all.

    To me I want to make my children enjoy their childhoods while they can and for me that includes Santa. My kids love Santa. I can't imagine not being able to share that with them.

    If you give presents on Christmas day then that's what children will look forward to whether you have Santa or not. You could always have Santa bring "token" gifts like a book or something. I like setting the cookies and milk out and watching the Christmas Movies with Santa in them and I know my kids did too.

    Santa isn't just about "gifts". It'd only be about presents if that's how you made it. Him giving presents is just one part of the magic.

    In saying all that, if you don't want to do Santa then don't do it. I don't see the problem with people that don't do it. I'm sure their kids won't care either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ565 View Post
    WTH is Elf on the Shelf?
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    He's awesome! He's a scout elf that santa sends to your family from the 1st December to xmas eve - he sits on the shelf during the day but at night when your asleep he flies home to the North Pole, tells santa what you've been up to during the day then as he's very mischievous , before he goes back to the shelf he plays around the house and always does naughty /cute things and DS runs out of bed every morning trying to see what Buddy got up to during the night! ( DH says I have more fun planning his antics than DS does finding him!)
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