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December 13th, 2005, 08:47 PM
veggirocks veggirocks is offline
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I grew up knowing Santa didn't exist and Christmas was the most amazing time for me too. I couldn't imagin being more excited Christmas morning and it had nothing to do w/ Santa. If my child ever asked me if there's such a thing as Santa I'd ask him if he believed there is and if he said yes then I'd say that's what's important then and that it's all about imagination. The spirit of Christmas is whatever one makes of it and it's not based on the idea of Santa. When people think of Christmas many things come to mind. I think of the smell of a Christmas tree personally. As a child I loved knowing my mom was the one who bought me all those great gifts. We'd always make a day (or 2 or 3!) of going shopping together for presents and she'd give me cash to buy the gifts I needed to buy. Then we'd go home and spend hours wrapping them. I'd wake up Christmas morning between 5am-7am and go wake her up then we'd sit in our jammies and open gifts for an hour or so and have hot cinnamon tea and then sit around all day watching movies and playing games. Those were awesome tmes and Santa wasn't involded in any of it and couldn't had made any of it any better.[/b]
I will never boot santa out lol unless he doesnt leave me any cookies lol. Anyhow i remember how exciting it was to go to sleep and wake up surprised by what santa brought To know the magic of it when i was a kid even now as im thinking of it i have that feeling inside me ohhh it was wonderful.
Luckily I too get that same feeling because of how wonderful it felt during Christmas time again having nothing to do w/ the idea of Santa. As long as the parents do it correctly any child can and will feel that same special feeling during Xmas whether or not Santa is involved or not. Santa doesn't make Christmas...the loving people around the child does.

By all the responses here it's clear that the idea of Santa is for the parents and not the kids. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Just an observation that I didn't fully realize before. Similar to parents who have nurseries for their babies. It's for them...not the child when you really think about it.