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Old 10-05-2012, 11:38 AM   #21
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I was a strange child that worried over way too much. (Seriously I stressed about health insurance in elementary school and we had it, I was just worried I would grow up and not be smart enough to have a job and get it. I also had stress ulcers in high school. Not normal!) Santa scared me, not just the creepy guy that you take the picture with (for the record DH plays Santa so, I know not all are creepy but, I hated strangers as a child, big shock huh?) but, just the idea of some strange man coming into my house while I was sleeping. I don't know why just Santa, I was fine with the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny. Anyway, DH and I have this ongoing debate about whether to do Santa or not and the conclusion we've come to is, we'll do Santa as long as DS seems okay with it but, if he's hesitant at all we'll stop.

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Old 10-05-2012, 12:08 PM   #22
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We don't do Santa here, but we have told them some of the real Santa story. I don't feel comfortable lying to my children, and I HATE the commercialism of Santa and Christmas as a whole.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:10 PM   #23
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We do Santa, but just for fun. The kids know he's just pretend, but we all kind of play along anyway. They get a couple of presents from Santa, we read books with him in it, watch Christmas movies about him. We make our focus Jesus, but I don't see anything wrong with a little Santa fun, too.

Eta - My parents always made it very clear that Santa wasn't real. I can definitely see the fun and magic in playing along with the kids. Every year I struggle with the idea of just letting them believe in hm. ODD kind of knows he's not real, but my YDD and DS are still young enough that we could convince them, if we wanted to. We'll see.
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We don't do Santa but we love and have a great Christmas. The kids know Santa and we don't go around saying he isn't real but we def don't focus or bring him up, no presents from him, no decorations of him, etc.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:29 PM   #26
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We do Santa. My only thing is that Santa brings a couple of small gifts, not the bigger stuff. My reasoning is that I want to teach my kids gratefulness. I want them to understand that gifts come from people and they need to be grateful for the gifts they get. They need to thank the giver personally. KWIM?
I like this. My oldest is only 2 so not really into it yet. I'm not big on santa but dh is so I think this is the route we will go.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:30 PM   #27
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Re: santa or not to santa?

We don't do Santa. For *me* I don't believe in lying to kids in any way/shape/form. I don't think that doing Santa will end tragically or anything, but I'm not going to lie to my kids. I also think if I am the one who shelled out the dough to buy a nice gift that my kid will love, why would I want to give the credit to someone else? I want to get the thank-yous, not Santa.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:36 PM   #28
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We do Santa Claus. He usually brings one gift per child and then a family gift (usually a game or something we can all do together) and he fills their stockings. We treat it like so many other traditions and stories that have been passed down. It's part of our family culture. My DD wants to keep believing, but I can see her logic winning out over it all, and I will not go out of my way to convince her. To me, it's not about the lie, but about the magic.
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Absolutely Santa! All of us who believed when we were little surely are not mad at our parents for "lying" to us. That is the most ridiculous reason I have heard. And, no I'm not selfish and don't need the thank you's from the kids. By playing the character I get all the thank you's I need when the look of excitement is on their face as they unwrap the special gifts they had wanted. Obviously, Jesus is the main reason for Christmas as that is the time of year we celebrate his birthday. But, St. Nicholas is also a very large part of Christmas and we are able to incorporate both in very special and meaningful ways. The kids play Santa and also give to those in need. It is a great way for them to understand.
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Santa doesn't come to our house. We like to surprise our kids with a whole bunch of presents every year, though (usually in January). They don't know if it's coming or when, it's a huge surprise to them to come down to the living room in the morning and see presents everywhere. But we get the credit for those presents
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