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Do you think its better to tell your kids early that Santa Claus is not real?



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Do you think its better to tell your kids early that Santa Claus is not real?

My son has always believed in Santa Claus and this is the reason why he strives so hard to have something from him during the holiday seasons. As he grows older I would like to tell him that Santa Claus is just a fictional character but its hard for me to see him disappointed. Do you think it's better to tell your kids early that Santa Claus doesn't really exist or leave it to them to discover?

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Happyflowerlady

I remember how much my children loved waiting to see what Santa Claus would bring them at Christmas, and I can even remember feeling that way when I was little; so I think that letting children have this special time in their life is a good thing.
It probably depends on each family, and what the parents believe should be celebrated at Christmas time, and some families do not celebrate that holiday at all.
It has traditionally been a Christian holy day; but now, the celebration of Christmas has become pretty much universal, whether people are religious or not.
Of course, Santa Claus has nothing whatsoever to do with the religious celebration of Christmas; but I think that it is still a magical time for young children, and they will soon grow out of their belief all by themself, and it will not be a tragedy in their life when they do realize that there is no such person as Santa Claus.




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dzannerz

Absolutely right, you cant just watch your children suffering from sadness telling them that santa clause is not right because in the future they will just find it out by themselve.




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Martinsx1

Why spoil the fun should be the question? Our own parents didn't cut the fun off from us, so why deny our own kids the pleasure and possibly their own kids? It's not good to do such things, so I'm advocating for the propagation of the Santa lagacy.




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pandooh

I grew up not caring whether Santa is real. When there would be anonymous gifts left in our Christmas tree we would only joke that Santa dropped by but in our minds of our sisters we knew that it is either from my parents. I think we are just being realistic. There'es nothing wrong believing in it, though. I understand why people give life to Santa but that's somehow part of our happiness isn't it?




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wallet

I think you should let your son discover by itself, in this way the disappointing will not be that higher. If you tell him it will be much harder for him to assimilate the information and he will feel betrayed.
Is not advisable to tell earlier to our kids that Santa Klaus does not exist, we should let kids believe in him, is one of the last things they will believe in.




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augusta

I can remember when I was still little. I used to have fun about being with Santa and knowing I will get a gift from him.Not knowing he was not real added to the fun.

So I believe kids have more fun without doing Santa is real when once they come to know like I did,the excitement wear off.

They will still know with time so let it still be a mystery for the fun of it.




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overcast

Yes I am of same opinion. And some of the time kids learn from experience. You can see that telling kids about lot of those things are going to be working the different way. I have realized that it's always better to understand to get things done properly. It may not be easy but it can be done through efforts. I can tell you that kids have their own set of the reservation about things and they do learn through peers.




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Martinsx1

My church still celebrates the legend of Santa every Christmas season and one of our priest always dress up in a Santa costume to hand out gifts to children. This makes them feel so special and happy, which begs the question why would anyone wish to cut off a thing of joy for children?




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jemuelterrado

For me, i know it is not good to lie on them but to be fair, they must also experience even a year of their lives that Santa is Real or existed because this brings them happiness and excitement. There will come a time that they will realize that it is all lies, and they can't blame you, at least they felt the fantasies about Santa Claus. Even my parents used to told me about Santa Claus, but then i found out when im at the right age and in adultery level and that lies is no big deal to me. In fact i am thankful of having the feeling of amazed by Santa during that time. Let your child know the truth, or better never tell about Santa Claus by yourself, let him realize alone and observe everything about stories.




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PedroP

I believe that it should be a natural transition from believer to nonbeliever. I think that the kids should come to terms with reality on their own and assume that it's a made-up story but only when it feels like it. Before that, it's best to let it believe




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anor0428

I agree. When I was you, I used to believe that santa is real because whenever I put socks on our door during night, i will wake up with that socks full of chocolates. Little did I know is that my mom is the one who is putting the chocolates on socks.LOl. But as I grow up, I learned that santa is just fantasy that only kids do believe.




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PedroP

It's a healthy fantasy I think. No need to put kids out of it soon. Still, sooner or later everyone comes to realize that it's a fake story. Till then let them enjoy innocence haha




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anor0428

Yes. LOL. We have all been there, it is just a white lie. Just like those fairy tales they watch, let them enjoy that santa is real for as part of their childhood. Soon they will discover it themselves, and I am sure they will understand just like how we did. Do you think its better to tell your kids early that Santa Claus is not real?




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PedroP

Yes, and it's a natural process of growing up. If it's forced then the kid might be traumatized and for the worse. It's only natural that they find out on their own




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Barida

One good thing about childhood is those memories that we can look back at and beam with smiles on our faces. Santa Claus is not popular here like it is in most of the countries of the world that are developed. However, I never forgot those times in primary school that the school authority will ask us to pay for Santa Claus to come from America for a visit. Those moments still remain beautiful in my mind and in as much as I've grown to realize that they are not real, I still feel grateful for being part of those times.

So, I wouldn't advise you tell your kids that Santa Claus ain't real for it will make them not enjoy those moments. I bet mom knew Santa wasn't real, but still provide those funds to see I partake in the events which I enjoyed well.




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Tronia

That's a very good point! I actually know that the more modern families tell their children right away when they can understand it but I believe that takes the joy of Christmas. For me, when I was little, Christmas revolved around Santa Claus and I still remember how my mother helped me write letters to him. Let children be children!




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Tronia

I honestly believe that you should always let things roll out naturally. That means that you shouldn't worry yourself when's the perfect time or the perfect age - there's no such thing. When the time is right, you will simply feel and know that you should tell your child that the Santa Claus isn't real.

I can't recall when exactly I found out, I think I was around 6 or 7 and one of my classmates started screaming it around the hallway, haha. Of course, I was like "no way, Santa Claus is real!" but once I got home, my parents told me everything. I did cry afterward but it passed.




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Judas2018

You should but you probably won't have to. Today's society and children in general are so jaded that they will probably find out Santa is a fantasy long before they are ready to, or before you can tell them yourself. My parents broke the news to me at age 12. I wasn't that surprised really. I had figured it out by then.




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pandooh

HAHA. They must really think that it's a huge revelation but you're all like "nahhh". LOL.Well, I think the most beautiful feeling is when you have discovered something on your own. And as a child, sure you really have a wise mind in distinguishing reality from fantasy.




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Judas2018

It's hard not to figure it out as a child. Sometimes kids see their parents placing things under the tree - (like I did.) So you can kinda put 2 and 2 together that Mom or Dad or both are Santa Claus. Or even if that's not what you think? You would have a pretty good idea they are. Other parents, go the extra mile and actually dress up as Santa while placing presents under the tree. But even then, sometimes kids can recognize their parents underneath all that if 'Santa' displays a certain walk, or set of mannerisms.




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jemuelterrado

I agree kids realization nowadays are so advanced compared to past generations. They can now easily identify whats real or fantasies. There are things that parents are not obliged to tell the truth instead to discover by their kids on their own. Let them smell the childhood fantasies and soon they will figure out whats facts about this world. As a parents, not all are your responsibilities in developing your child's beliefs just give them freedom to realize something which is believable or not.




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Judas2018

True. It's really the same thing with the tooth fairy, Easter bunny, and a variety of other things. Kids will figure it out on their own eventually. That it's all fantasy, especially as they get older. Where they become more mature and their brains further develop.




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Aree

When to tell the kids that Santa Claus is just fiction?

I suppose the answer is the same as, when to tell the kids that Superman is fiction, fairies don't really exist and elves are only found in storybooks. I would say that kids will find out by themselves. Let them enjoy their childhood fantasies. One day, they will outgrow those childhood stories. That's when adulthood fantasies replace the childhood fantasies. After all, isn't it true that many of the things that we think about as adults also do not really exist anywhere except in our imagination? Like dreaming about owning a Ferrari, for example.




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Blank629

Telling Santa Claus to the kids is part of their childhood. I once experience this childhood thing. Everytime christmas is coming, I always write a letter to Santa Claus and my wish always came true. Not knowing that my parents are the one who bought the gifts to me. So for me, it is okay not to tell early to the kids that Santa Claus is just a fictional character. Maybe they become sad if they know that Santa is not real in their young age. Also it is a fun experience believing to Santa. It is like christmas is so magical everytime it cames.




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DarthHazard

I agree. I think it definitely makes your childhood and Christmas a lot better because you the kids feel a lot more excited. Writing a letter to Santa was such an enjoyable experience and it was always nerve-wracking to see whether the presents you got on Christmas was what was on your list that you sent to him. It's also a good thing because parents can get their kids to behave well by telling them if they don't Santa won't be visiting Do you think its better to tell your kids early that Santa Claus is not real?




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AmieBotella

If your kid is still young, do it now. It's just like saying tooth fairy is fake. Give them Christmas gifts not because some guy in a red suit thinks he's been a good boy. Instead you grab that place as a parent and tell your kid that because he's been good that the gift is a symbol of your appreciation to him. Because you feel so happy about him being a good kid, you wanted to return the favor by giving a gift. It is not because he's good that he's rewarded. Goodness must be instilled to them as young as they can understand that it has to be done without expecting a reward.




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overcast

I think first few years it's good to have them under fantasy. And after some time they are going to find it out their own self. And they are going to adjust with the truth after some time. So yes, it's not bad to see how the change happens in that case. We learn from our own experience. And that part is something we learn over a period of time. So i'd let the kids learn on their own that's something is upto them to find out.




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dzannerz

Well for me No, I mean why you need to tell them that santa clause is not real if in the future they will get that. Are you gonna be happy if you tell them that santa clause is not real if you will know that they will be getting mad or sad? In fact, you will not have to tell them because as they grow up, they will surely know by themselve that santa clause is not real.




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anor0428

It is not a big deal if you wont tell your kids that santa claus is not real. Nowadays, there are lots of santa claus on malls, streets when it is Christmas season. Just let them believe because once they are grow up, they will understand why you did make them believe about santa claus. We’ve all been there right? Do you think its better to tell your kids early that Santa Claus is not real?




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ballyhara

Well, I tell you by experience, if you don't tell your kids, someone else will, and they will feel disappointed on you for not telling them. Of course you enjoy the innocence on waiting for Santa, but for example, my goddaughter got to the point, where she though that because Santa was magic, then he could bring her anything she wanted, and that's when she asked for a gift of around $500, her parents told her Santa couldn't afford that, and she said he was magic so he could bring her anything. And that's when they had to tell her. So, about a week of sadness, tears, anger, and all of it, just because her parents thought it was so cute to watch her emotion on Santa. Please, tell your kids to believe in what Santa represents, but explained them where the gifts come from, otherwise you will be sorry sooner than you think.




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JoeMilford

I say let them enjoy childish fantasies and myths as long as they can. The world can be a demanding and ugly place, so innocence and imagination should be championed at all times as long as this does not become unhealthy. However, I would say that, when children ask you outright what the truth is that you are prepared to tell them AND to give them a good reason why you let them believe a "lie" in the first place. They will all figure it out on their own, just like we all did who are writing about this in this forum. I can't remember, exactly, when I found out he was not real, but I am pretty sure that it didn't scar me for life or anything.




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gelotologist

For me definitely no, because of the reason that in the future they would know it for themselves. Growing up with my parents telling me that Santa always hangs Christmas gifts or put it under the Christmas tree is probably the most memorable thing for me on Christmas. So, if you're planning on ruining your child's Christmas memories then go tell them but if you want your kids to be happy then don't and they will probably know it and realize it when they grow up.




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Pixie06

When I was still a kid I used to believe in Santa so much. My parents used to tell me to be obedient else Santa will be angry at me and I won't get any gifts for Christmas. I used to believe them. I used to feel so happy to see the gifts under the Christmas in the morning. Those are some good memories. If your kids are still small then it is better not to tell them. I am sure that they will learn by themselves that Santa is fictional when they grow up.




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felabruno

I think I wouldn't lie to my kids about that and just tell them that Santa Claus is a tradition and a symbol, not a real person. It doesn't really change much, does it? They would still get the presents and that's what they want.




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ColdFlameChris

It's much better not to tell your kids that Santa Claus is not real, for them to experience what you've also experienced in your childhood. It's better for kids to always have the idea as to why Santa Claus exists, for giving great presents to those kids who are not naughty and always nice so the kids will always behave since they're expecting a present from Santa Claus. It's a good concept and also a way for rewarding your kids for their kindness and doing a great job in their school. It doesn't matter whether Santa Claus is real or not, what matter is how it brings joy and happiness to kids during Christmas.




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saygorem

I definitely think that we should tell our kids now than to let them believe in a make believe world where there is a Santa Claus that can fly across the roof and come down in the chimney to put presents in socks and so on. That is a very good representation of a holiday spirit and to put it prankly, we should do what Santa do to make the imagination real.




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tiffiecute

Kids for sure will find out the truth when they step into grade school. It won't give a scar on the 'child-parent relationship' even that painful truth will make them confused. There will be no trust issues here. Why? Because they see Santa Claus all over the place every Christmas, every year; in the billboards, on TV commercials, newspapers, in almost every household decor, in schools, malls, on the internet and even on the radio station singing that Mariah Carey jingle almost every hour. Does that mean a part of our lives was a lie? No. That's not the interpretation. They would understand in time why their parents commit a "WHITE LIE". Don't ruin their childhood happiness just so to stand for the truth.

Santa gave us the inspiration to wake up every morning and go to our Christmas tree. He will always be a part of every child's life.




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mildredtabitha

It is good to tell and teach children that Santa is not real. But the child has many other friends in school who believe in Santa as well, then it is advisable to let your kid learn on their own. This will help in preventing them from having conflicting ideas in their minds especially when you tell them that Santa is not real while the friends in school keep on playing and praising Santa.




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DenisP

I think that is definitely important to break it to a child fairly early on, but not too early. I'm not a parent so I don't really know what the sweet spot would be, but I do know that a child shouldn't be convinced in the existence of Santa Claus for far too long.

There comes a certain point in a child's life where they're capable of a degree of rational thought. They stop believing in imaginary friends and start looking at the world in a more realistic way. I think while they're still very young, you shouldn't hinder their imagination and wonder by breaking it to them that there is no Santa Claus. But the fact is that they're going to find out one way or another, whether it is through their friends or television shows, and it is best for them to hear it from you once you see that they've matured in their mental patterns.




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jaymish

I'm trying to remember when I learned that Santa clause was fictional? I don't remember the moment, probably because my parents did not tell me about and I was not traumatized about it. I turned out just fine and I probably learned it from a movie or from someone.

I have not told my children that Santa clause is fictional. I also don't intend to. I want them to enjoy their childhood, time enough to find out the realities of life. If they ask me, however, I will tell them the truth.




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DenisP

The thing is, I'm trying to remember when I realized Santa Claus wasn't real, and I honestly can't remember either. I remember writing letters, asking for toys and such, so I know that I definitely believed in him at one point. I just can't seem to remember when I stopped. I think it was probably a natural progression. This'll come off as me bragging, but I was always somewhat of a smart kid, and I think at some point I must've just realized by myself that the concept of Santa just wasn't physically possible.




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DarthHazard

I can't remember what age I finally realised that Santa was not real but I think I figured it out by myself which helped a lot. I don't think that it is a great idea to tell your kid straight away that you have been lying and that Santa isn't real. I think that it is just better for them to realise it by themselves which is just a lot less painful for them. Most of the time by the time they figure it out, they won't even care that much




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cubo

When I have kids I wouldn't want to make them believe that Santa Claus is the one who brings the gifts on Christmas but I would tell them that Santa helps me to buy their gifts because it would be so much easier to tell them the truth when the time comes. Also, they can realize that they couldn't ask for expensive or hard to find gifts because they'll know that I couldn't buy or get them so, they won't be disappointed when they have to go to the Christmas tree to open the gifts.




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ryyde

Parents should not tell their kids that santa claus is not real. Let them know by their selves. When we say Christmas majority of us thought of Santa Claus and I think that it is one important component of Christmas. Every time I saw a kid that wishes a present from santa it made me remember my childhood days who also believe in him.




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potentialwriter

It isn't necessary to declare to kids so early that Santa Claus is not real. Children don't have to be informed about this when they are still very small. We should rather allow them to grow a bit more, and they can hear all details about Santa Claus from us, or perhaps, grow up to realize the truth about Santa Claus themselves. Children grow in stages. So, there are stages when they don't need to understand many things at all, other than just having their fun that they all need at particular stages of life.




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Baburra

I was not made to believe Santa was real when I was younger so I think it is the best way to go about it. I don't think it is good to lie to your kids even if it supposedly makes a holiday more fun for them. I think Christmas is already very fun on its own and getting gifts is already a very good thing for them so I don't think there is much need to lie to them just to supposedly enhance the experience. I don't judge parents who do this though because it is their decision and ultimately it isn't really all that harmful anyway.




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DarthHazard

I personally wouldn't consider that this is a lie too much. When you say the word lie, it makes it sound awful and horrible but in reality, telling your child about Santa makes them much more excited about Christmas and lets them experience a lot of different things. For example, they get to write letters to Santa and even meet "the real him" at a mall or store. It allows them to have fun and I would consider it a bad experience at all.




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Baburra

I don't think it's necessary to make them think it is real in the first place. I don't think it adds that much to the experience since it is already very fun and magical on its own without the lies and fantasy. However, I don't have kids so maybe I am just not understanding it, but I myself was never made to believe it was real and I enjoyed my childhood Christmas seasons just fine.




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Aree

Strange to see you using the words "magical" and "without lies and fantasy" in the same sentence.

Seriously speaking, magical is always related to fantasy. And fantasy is not the truth so a fantasy is a lie. Therefore you cannot have something magical and leave out the fantasy part.

Now, what sets us apart from mere animals? Isn't it our imagination, wherein fantasy and magic reign supreme?




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manmad

You should tell them after a certain age, however it's not bad for them to believe in Santa up to a certain age, I guess when they go to school and at certain grades, they'll learn it on their own, either from their friends or you know the internet, because we're living in a different age. I mean children are curious and they'll find out for themselves pretty soon, it's not like it's a government kept secret, or maybe it is who knows.




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MarkJ94

I guess you can tell them when they reach a certain age or better yet, let them figure it out on their own for when they have already matured they will and will know facts about the world with the interaction with other people, being in school and such can help them to learned what is the fact. Besides imagining lof of things is part of our childhood which we will never ever be eliminated. Well God bless and thanks, everyone.




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peachpurple

My mom told me that Santa Claus is fake since I know ABC. Hence, I was never disappointed about Santa. Instead, I always look forward to Santa on Xmas day, hoping that one day he will drop by and give me presents under the Xmas tree. It is up to you to decide whether to keep believing in Santa or not, don't be discourage that he is a fake. Just let the imagination flow.




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Krisleen

Santa Claus is part of everyone's childhood and when I turn into a parent one day, I want my child to enjoy such experience. But when he turns around 9 or 10, I think it's time to tell him the truth instead of saying "Santa won't give you a gift anymore since you are not a small kid anymore" and letting him figure the truth by himself so he won't be so much disappointed. To me, it's just about timing. Kids at that age start to understand simple things so I can explain about Santa by that time.




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Rmarsh1984

We have never made a big deal about Santa with my kids. My daughter is 8, and she plays along, but I'm pretty sure she knows that it's all pretend. We set out the milk and cookies every year, but we only occasionally get photos with Santa. I don't believe we are going to have to explain that he isn't really real one day. I'm glad we haven't made Santa seem like a real person to her, and I'm sure our younger ones will end up in a similar mindset. It seems mean to set a child up for such disappointment on purpose. Making it into a mutual game of pretend for the holidays is much kinder, and everyone can still have fun without worry of hurt feelings in the end.




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Rumu

Dont know about others, but for me knowing santa-clause was real made it an adventure. I think its best we don't let kids know. Let them grow to it. It's more fun that way.




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anjanetteclyde1

I think that would be better. It is better to tell the children that Santa Claus is not true as earlier as possible. However, I do not think that it is even necessary because children nowadays are very smart and digital. They can actually explore things out more providently and easily. This is because this era of technology. They might ask parents for confirmations as what they just discover. And since they already have ideas in mind, it would not be so hard to tell them things like about unreal Santa Clause. Though it may differ on how parents explain things out and how children interpret answers and discoveries. For me, the more realistic answers or explanations, the better. Do you think its better to tell your kids early that Santa Claus is not real?




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vivalavanda

I think just let it be and let him discover that it's not true. When we are a child, there comes a time that we believe in Santa Claus and that is one of the precious memories from our childhood that we love to remember because it's stupid and it's part of the fun. If you will reveal it sooner, you will disappoint him and at the same time, you will ruin his childhood. And I bet, you will laugh at his cuteness when he cries about Santa Claus not being real.




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cess08

My parents allowed me to imagine Santa Claus myths.I remembered how it gave me the excitement of his imminent journey down my chimney had me feeling ecstatic until one day I figured the mystery on my own. For me, it's okay for kids to believe in Santa Claus. Fantasy, in general, is a normal and healthy part of child development. After all, we can't stay young forever Do you think its better to tell your kids early that Santa Claus is not real?




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treecko142

KIds will eventually figure it out for themselves and it helps to keep them more festive and let their imagination be active while still young. Eventually they'll grow out of it that telling that Santa is not real or them finding out through other people won't affect them that much. They'll even appreciate the gifts that you give more when they grow up.




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MarioJunior

In my experience, kids get curious between the ages of five and seven.The right time to tell your child is as soon as they ask.If they're old enough and curious enough to question, then they're old enough to know the truth.Eventually they'll grow out of it that telling that Santa is not real or them finding out through other people won't affect them that much.




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Vinsanity

For me, there is no need to tell them whether Santa Claus is real or not. Let them enjoy believing that Santa Claus exists. Besides, he is for kids and is made to let children decide whether they should be naughty or not. That time will come when they can discern which is which, which is real and what is not.

Everyone has become a child anyway, you know what it feels like thinking that Santa Claus exists, thinking that one time he will come at your house and put some gifts under the Christmas Tree or in socks. Let these kids be child, let them experience that happiness we felt before when we were kids.




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Tatiana22

My parents never told me that there is no such thing as Santa Claus. They let me enjoy my childhood years believeing in him and having the full taste of joy about the Christmas Holiday. I grew up learning in time that Santa Claus doesn't exist and that they are the ones who keep the magic alive. It wasn't a disappointment, I still loved the winter Holidays, and I think that it's better to let your kids believe in fairy tales when they are young. They will grow up and find out for themselves anyway but at least they will carry with them the beauty of the purest memories from their childhood.




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jusumortal

I think, yes, it's better to tell kids that Santa isn't real. Christmas is a Christian thing so why not instead of telling them about Santa, tell them about Jesus. Besides, it's his birthday, though it's not stated in the Bible. It's important to wake your kids from fantasies.




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Steve5

I think it's better to tell them early on that he's not real. Kids have a better grasp of reality than we might assume. It's not that they don't get stuff that adults do. But they still have yet to establish the facts about fiction and real life.




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mdayrit

My kids did not grow up thinking that Santa is a real one. They know that presents come from the members of the family. They know that Santa is just a story. I don't know, maybe it did not cross my mind to tell them that the gifts are from Santa. But I use the naughty or nice rule in granting their gifts. I tell them to be nice to get the gift that they wish for because if they are naughty they might not receive one from us (not from Santa).




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cmoneyspinner

I have 11 children (5 boys, 6 girls). I never told them Santa Claus was real. I come from a large family and I never grew up believing in Santa. I always knew it was either my parents or relatives or friends of the family who made sure we had a wonderful Christmas holiday with gifts under our Christmas tree. The traditions surrounding the imaginary person named Santa Claus was just part of the holiday fun! I remember, as a little girl, being surprised when I realized that one of my friends actually believed in Santa Claus. I didn't say anything to the contrary to shake her belief. Even at my tender age, I figured that was something between her and her parents and I wasn't going to get into the middle of it. Do you think its better to tell your kids early that Santa Claus is not real?

Do you think its better to tell your kids early that Santa Claus is not real?




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Gilgamesh

For me it isn't a good idea to unveil to the kids that Santa Claus is not real at their young age. It will definitely affect their perspective in life because they will get confused about the truth. In addition, we can take advantage if they believe in Santa Claus because we can use their believe in order for them to follow us especially in christmas season. Many childern do behave in that season because they will not receive a gift come from Santa Claus which is eventually come from their parents.




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sonnyisabeast

My father pretended to get caught while wearing a Santa costume. I just can't remember when it happened and how old I was. That's also what I am planning to do with my children. But I guess, sooner or later, they will find out the truth.




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stbrians

It is good to tell them the truth to remove that mindset from them and to help them grow up .




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