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    Yep we do Santa. Kids get a gift from Santa under their bed and the presents under the tree are from us.
    We leave cookies and milk out for Santa. It's all very exciting.

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    Thanks everyone! So many different perspectives and traditions

    I really do feel like if we don't do Santa he will be missing out on something magical, something that i got a lot of joy out of as a kid. So I think we will introduce Santa as a 'he exists if you believe he does' kind of thing. But if DS works it out or starts to question it we won't lie to him to keep it going. I think we'll just make the Santa gift something small...we want the credit for the good gifts after all!

    Soooo excited about xmas this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillynix View Post
    We don't include Santa, because, well, we just don't.

    Christmas is still wonderful and amazing and magical and special and it's focus for us is family, which I feel, for us, is enhanced without the rest of the shenanigans. We also, as a non-religious household, still tell the story of Saint Nicholas, just not the modern, commercialised version of Santa.

    It works for us, our children have *never* gone on to "spoil" things for other children, either. We remind them every year that each family is different in their celebrations, and that some children believe that Santa is real and that he is the one that brings them presents, and it is not their place to say otherwise. And they never have. They have *lots* of young cousins who all include Santa, and our combined Christmases have always been amazing.

    If you don't think Santa is for your family, then you don't have to include him if you don't want to, and your children won't feel as though they are missing out - at least, my 4 certainly don't
    What happens when the cousins ask your children what Santa gave them? I'm just curious as to how they answer without spoiling the secret for their cousins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenmum View Post
    Thanks everyone! So many different perspectives and traditions

    I really do feel like if we don't do Santa he will be missing out on something magical, something that i got a lot of joy out of as a kid. So I think we will introduce Santa as a 'he exists if you believe he does' kind of thing. But if DS works it out or starts to question it we won't lie to him to keep it going. I think we'll just make the Santa gift something small...we want the credit for the good gifts after all!

    Soooo excited about xmas this year!
    When my kids asked if he was real, I dodged the question by telling them that Santa only comes to children who believe in him, so they kept on believing. I guess this is lying by omission but I had to do this so the older kids wouldn't spoil it for the younger ones.

    They are only little for such a short amount of time, I can't see the harm giving them something magical to believe in. I will never forget how excited my kids were when we driving home from church on Christmas Eve and there was an announcement on the radio that Santa had been spotted heading towards Australia from New Zealand.

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    I grew up with a dad that loathed Santa (or Father Christmas as we call him) and I never remember finding out that he wasn't real, I mean it just didn't make logical sense to me! I still had magical, wonderful Christmases and still do!

    I felt a bit weird about the whole Santa thing when I had kids but we did a sort of half arsed thing in that we ignored it until our oldest started hearing about it and then we did one present from Father Christmas. We've never done a Santa photo but they've never asked.
    We do live rurally so we go to local Christmas shows but the Santa's are so obviously Uncle Bob or whatever that it's pretty easy to say he's a helper or whatever.
    My oldest is ten and when she was eight she asked me and I told her the truth and she just smiled, hugged me tight and said thank you for all the beautiful presents. She actually felt quite special being in the know and happily went along with the Santa thing for her younger brothers.
    My boy are nearly 8 and four and I'm waiting for the biggest to say something or ask but I always drill into them that for many, many many children, Santa is real - just like Jesus or whatever is for other families and we must respect their beliefs and not spoil it for other children.
    Do what feels right for you, OP. Your kids will still have love and magic in their lives, I promise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    What happens when the cousins ask your children what Santa gave them? I'm just curious as to how they answer without spoiling the secret for their cousins.
    They simply list off the presents that they were given

    But honestly, it's just usually a generic question like "Hey! What did you get?" rather than the specific "Hey! What did Santa get you?".

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