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December 9th, 2008, 10:09 AM
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If you celebrate Christmas, will you raise your children to believe in Santa? Please explain your position such as how you felt when you found out Santa wasn't real, etc.
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December 9th, 2008, 10:42 AM
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no- we won't be celebrating x-mas though anyhow. I will make sure that my children understand that they can't ruin the tradition for others tho.
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December 9th, 2008, 01:01 PM
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I feel there is no harm in it, and Abigail has started taking interest in Santa this year. We wanted The Santa Clause on tv the other day and she watched it with us and really caught onto the whole Santa idea. We also stopped to see him while we were at the mall today, but I might not try to explain him to her just yet. Next year, I think she will understand better.

I'm not sure if I was even disappointed when I found out he wasn't real. I just remember wanting to tell my sibilings (of course my parents weren't happy about that!)
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December 9th, 2008, 01:53 PM
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My children believe, I suppose. Well at least DD this year. DS did until last year when an older kid on the bus ruined it for him but he still plays along for his little sis. I honestly don't mind much that he finally stopped believing because I like the fact that he knows his gifts are from us.
We don't attend church or practice religion, but we do celebrate Christmas and I am still a pretty spiritual person.
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December 9th, 2008, 02:30 PM
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This is been a bit of a hot topic in my house recently. Not raised with Christmas it was also drilled into us that parents who let or made their children believe in Santa were really lying to them. Even though I'm obviously a Christmas nut with my trees, I have still always been leery about the idea of Santa. But DH is adament that Santa will be a big deal in our house. So I finally figured out over the weekend my main reason for having issues with the Santa thing:

No one I've ever talked to is scarred from finding out Santa wasn't real. Most of the time they have already figured out it's mom & dad when the news is broken to them. What is most important to me is raising our kids to be appreciative and knowing that there is just as much joy in giving as there is in receiving. It seriously makes me cringe to see DH's 6yo niece tear through one gift after another and having to be reprimanded to say thank you. And it really bothers me that there isn't anything from her to the special people in her life, like a homecard card or something tiny she uses HER money on. I think it's very important for even a toddler to learn these lessons.

So with Santa being the bearer of all of your gifts, it's this invisible person that you can't thank nor can you gift in kind. So I told my husband this and said that there can only be ONE small gift from Santa and the rest (although I don't believe in a ton) from us. He said that's what he was always thinking! Thank goodness we're on the same page!
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