Knowing Santa doesn't exist doesn't "ruin" xmas ...it doesn't "ruin" childhood.
Unbelievers still... Contrary to what you hear... actually receive gifts :O
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28-11-2013 06:52 #91
28-11-2013 06:59 #92
Both mine still believe but i wouldn't be annoyed if i heard jens ds singing about Santa not being real. But i guess too cause if my ds heard it he would just ask me again if Santa's real.
I don't think it warranted that lady confronting her ds like that, it was rude!
28-11-2013 07:19 #93
I haven't read all the replies but I think the staff member.
I couldn't care less if my kids found out Santa wasn't real. I never truly believed in him as a kid anyway and I turned out fine and I still loved Christmas and still do.
Santa is not the be all and end all of Christmas. It's not even about him!
Your poor DS. I can't stand interfering busy bodies!!
28-11-2013 07:19 #94
I would be really annoyed if a kid was saying in public that Santa didn't exist in earshot of mine. But he didn't deserve to be yelled at. I would probably ask the mother politely to ask him to stop saying it.
As others have said there is a difference in saying X is not real (fact) and I don't believe in X (opinion). However, kids don't really have the ability to distinguish so what they hear is often fact to them.
28-11-2013 07:27 #95Senior Member
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Far out, her obviously. It is a lie in the first place, sure a cute little lie. But then to get mad at him for singing the absolute truth - talk about sending kids mixed signals.
I honestly can't believe there are people on here saying he shouldn't have been singing about it in public and that you'd say something. It is a LIE for goodness sakes. Or is this the one time it is actually ok to lie to your child at all costs.
I mean, we keep up the charade of santa - but if they found out tomorrow, I wouldn't care, and I certainly wouldn't be telling off whoever told them.
28-11-2013 07:38 #96-
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I believe in innocence of children and the sweet and simple minds they have. Santa is not about 'lying' to them, but about creating their imagination and bringing them joy. Just like all the other fairy tales for goodness sake. Snow white isnt real neither is cinderalla, but for a child it is very much a HUGE part of their fantasy world.
I love the way my DS's eyes light up when he sees Santa, or Fireman Sam at the shopping center.
That being said, I think both are in the wrong, surely the shopping assistant or whatever she was didn't just come out and say it quiet the way it is being relayed to us in writing, but she shouldve just calmly told you and not your DS to stop singing that santa isnt real.
IMO in a childs mind they can believe whatever they want when it comes to fantasy, after all they do have the minds of children and not adults!
28-11-2013 07:41 #97Senior Member
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Okay then... Can I ask for all the people who 'couldn't care less' about Santa. Do your kids still receive gifts from Santa?
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28-11-2013 07:43 #98
28-11-2013 07:51 #99
It's a tiny lie, it's not like it's a bad one. And the idea santa is just about presents? you don't know how other families do xmas, what they buy etc. That's a pretty big generalisation.
OP you did ask WDYT - who was the rude one. I don't think anyone is saying your child is rude per say, and again, she had no right to speak to a 5yo like that. I think people are more getting annoyed by a bit of a self righteous air. If you buy your kids presents still at xmas, you are still buying into the consumerism, it's just from you??
Live and let live.
28-11-2013 07:52 #100
Anewme im really sorry the lady did that to your son, she was most certainly out of line! I hope he's ok now. If my sons had of overheard it, I would have just explained that some people don't believe in santa, but thats ok because everyone is different. My son has a little girl in his class that comes from a family who dont celebrate xmas, we've explained to him about it and he understands that. So I certainly dont think what the lady did was at all warranted. He wasnt shouting, he wasnt being nasty or cruel, and im very sorry he got upset by her attitude. Xo
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