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Old 12-03-2008, 02:39 PM   #21
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Re: Santa Claus -- Do your allow your children to believe in him?

I believe in Santa! Well, I don't believe that some fat guy with a beard will come down my nonexistent chimney on Christmas eve....but I believe in the SPIRIT of Christmas, and that is represented by Santa Claus, and acted out through family members and loved ones. We are happy to let DS1 believe in the fairytale version of Santa for now, but when he gets older, I don't think it'll be a "Santa isn't real" thing, it will be more of an explanation of what I said above. It's kind of how I view God too...do I believe there is some dude in the sky watching me and either giving or withholding things in my life based on his perspective, no...but I believe people put a face on the spirituality they need or they feel in their lives, and some of them call it God.

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Old 12-03-2008, 02:45 PM   #22
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Re: Santa Claus -- Do your allow your children to believe in him?

Ian's only 3 1/2 months old right now, but we are not going to encourage belief in imaginary legends.

Now, if Ian, on his own, comes up with an imaginary friend, that's a product of his imagination, and I'll support that. Santa/tooth fairy/easter bunny are totally different things.

My husband and I were both VERY upset when we found out that Santa wasn't real. How DARE our mothers con us every year, threaten us with coal in our stockings, make us believe in something that didn't exist?!? I hope I have enough respect from my kids that I don't need to pull a "Santa's gonna put you on the naughty list..." on them.
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Old 12-03-2008, 02:48 PM   #23
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Ehhh, my hubby didn't even want to celebrate Christmas this year because it is so not about Jesus anymore . .. .(actually the pilgrims did not celebrate Christmas either, because even then it was thought of as pagan)

We are doing Christmas, as in having a tree and decor and presents because it is FUN. We are not pushing the Santa thing or even saying anything is from Santa. . . .I mean why go through all the trouble to get stuff and say it's from someone else? Isaac has seen the bags of presents and knows we got them and that he can't have them yet. I mean really, either way the kids will be excited.
More important than Santa is tradition, that's really what its about. Looking forward to a big dinner, spending the day together, decorating the tree, looking at lights etc . . . .it's all about spending time as a finally and remembering the reason for the season.
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Old 12-03-2008, 03:15 PM   #24
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yes but it isn't that I "allow" it. I do allow my kids to believe in whatever they want whether that be Santa, Easter bunny, Leprechans, Unicorns, boogeymen, fairies, etc.
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I tell my kids that Santa Claus does not bring them presents, but that it's a fun tradition. Kindof a make believe thing that we all like to pretend on Christmas. I don't want them to think that a complete stranger will give them gifts. If a man dressed as Santa asked them to come with him to get their present, they wouldn't fall for it. My kids still write letters to Santa, leave cookies, and all the other fun stuff...it really is magical to them, but at the same time they know it's make believe.
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yep. santa comes to our house =)
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:06 PM   #27
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Sure we "allow" them to believe. But if they ask what the truth is, yes, we tell them the truth.

We don't think it's right to lie to children, even for the sake of "fun."
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Yes, I will allow DS to believe and encourage it. It is such a fun part of childhood. I will be very upset with the parent of the child who ruins it for him.
Wow. How dare I choose how to raise MY child, if it infringes upon YOUR deception.

FWIW: We have not yet decided how to handle the Santa thing...that statement just really rubbed me the wrong way.
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:59 PM   #29
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We LOVE Santa here. My oldest 2 both stopped believing at 9 years old. They are 10 and 11 now. They were not upset at all, now they love making it magic for my three little ones.

We are NOT Christian and Christmas is not a day we celebrate as the birth of a Savior. We just enjoy giving and receiving gifts, spending family time together and decorating the house. For us Christmas is the start of a new year and a time to enjoy each other.
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Wow. How dare I choose how to raise MY child, if it infringes upon YOUR deception.

FWIW: We have not yet decided how to handle the Santa thing...that statement just really rubbed me the wrong way.
I think some moms might also get rubbed the wrong way by you insinuating how THEY choose to raise THEIR kids is "deception." Pot, have you met kettle?
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