Did your parents teach you to believe in Santa or did they let you know from the start he did not exist? Please leave comments on how this made a difference, for good or bad, in your life.

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  • Parents told me the truth from the start

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MnMsChef
Submitted by at 9:02 AM on Dec. 28, 2008
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Did your parents teach you to believe in Santa or did they let you know from the start he did not exist? Please leave comments on how this made a difference, for good or bad, in your life.

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MnMsChef
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  • SahmTam
    Submitted by   at 10:36 AM on December 28, 2008

    My parents told me the truth from the start. It actually didn't really make any difference... good or bad... as we didn't celebrate Christmas and it was just never a big deal to me.

  • Pauline328...
    Submitted by   at 1:59 PM on December 28, 2008

    My mom taught me to believe but I never did and she gave up when I was still pretty young. I never bothered with my kids.

  • AmaliaD
    Submitted by   at 2:53 PM on December 28, 2008


    taught has an a... yeah i was told about Santa as if it were real and think it is a normal American coming of age moment when you figure it out and aren't a child anymore. i tell my son to believe too! heck even my Jewish neighbor believed Santa came down his chimney on Xmas, he wasn't going to be left out, they didn't celebrate the birth of Jesus but they did get a visit from Santa, why not it is so non secular.

  • gemgem
    Submitted by   at 9:13 AM on December 29, 2008

    My mom always taught me to believe and now i teach my kids. As they got older they figured it out like most kids do but i explained to them Santa is real because all Santa represents is the spirit of giving & that is something that is very real as long as we continue to believe and give.

  • Arismama05
    Submitted by   at 10:45 PM on December 29, 2008

    my parents told me the truth and I tell my daughter the truth. I grew up knowing that my parents scrimped and saved all year long to buy me presents and show me they loved me. I cried every year just from knowing how much my family cared. SOOOOO much more meaningful than some creepy fat guy randomly and biasedly distributing gifts. My daughter knows that mommy and Daniel buy her presents for Christmas because we love her, that makes it much more special to her. Plus, she says Santa is stupid and 'a freak', lol!

    How do you explain to a child why their bratty neighbor got tons of presents and they only got a few?! How can you build a foundation of trust when you lie to them from birth?!

  • 7plus2
    Submitted by   at 1:14 AM on January 5, 2009

    I loved my parents but I was devastated to learn they had lied by telling me there was a Santa. It made me doubt other things they also told me.

  • mom2sophia...
    Submitted by   at 2:26 AM on January 5, 2009

    I voted that I was told from the start...but really, I wasn't. Nobody ever told me one way or the other. I always knew he was a fictional character and never believed in Santa.

  • Milaeli
    Submitted by   at 8:45 PM on January 5, 2009

    I was taught to believe and when I was told at 4yo I remember being devestated. I realise now that I was told because my family couldn't afford to buy me presents from 'Santa' as well as from them. My son is nearly 2yo and we are still debating how to deal with 'Santa'.

  • Jenniy
    Submitted by   at 1:01 PM on January 6, 2009

    I loved Santa and still do, Santa is a wonderful thing to believe in, I was disappointed that he wasn't real but it didn't tramatize me.

  • armywifeLJ...
    Submitted by   at 4:07 PM on January 7, 2009

    they didn't teach me to beleive, they LET me beleive! i still love santa

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