Will Santa visit your family? If so, what does he do at your house? When (if ever) do you plan to tell your child(ren) the truth?
Santa will visit us where ever we are. Santa stuffs stockings and brings one large (or a couple of medium) gifts and leaves them unwrapped under the tree. We'll tell him the truth whenever he asks questions, but we'll still do the Santa traditions because to me it's part of the fun of the season. When we were at my parents last year for Christmas, they stuffed a stocking for DH and I from Santa! lol. However, I don't want to be like them when they tried for years to convince me that he was real when I questioned. That's just lying to me, not keeping the fun alive.
~Jackie, mommy to Aiden (11/2/10) and Zoe (VBAC 11/27/12)
We do santa @ our house. This year I didn't for Ryan & Melissa tho cuz they don't live at home anymore. It was kinda sad
I do stocking and then have 1 larger gift un-opened under the tree w/their stocking from Santa. Ohhhh and if they don't "believe" in santa anymore then santa doesn't visit...so they pretend to "believe"
I myself would rather not do the whole Santa thing because for me it is not about that, its about celebrating the birth of Christ but my dh wants to do the Santa bit. I dont mind doing something related to him a different day but not on Christmas. In Germany they do Christmas the perfect way. I think on Dec. 6 they give a child a present from St. Nickolas. Then on Christmas eve is when they set up their tree and a manger and its about Jesus. I wouldnt mind doing that but dh is set on it, and I dont really get it because we are going to have to tell them eventually..
I told my dd last year when she was 8. She already had a feeling so I just told her and she knows what Christmas is really about. I would rather not have to go through that all over again because my ds is the perfect age to start a new tradition. I think Im going to have to keep trying to convince him..
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Santa will be visiting our house! He did last year. He'll probably keep coming until the kids move out. I still get presents from Santa when I visit my parents . I feel it's not necessary to tell kids that Santa isn't real. They'll figure it out on their own. I will ask her to keep the "No Santa" talk on the hush hush until her sibling figures it out. When I was little, Santa brought toys and filled our stockings. Presents from Mom and Dad were usually things like clothes ... so, the not so fun stuff. We left out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. We'll do the same with our kids because it's fun!
Yes, Santa will be making a stop at our house. I've got a 4 year-old DD who is counting on it. Santa stuffs the stockings and leaves one big present for each kid and maybe a group present or two (board game, etc.).
Santa left unwrapped presents for me when I was a kid, and wrapped ones for DH, so we've disagreed on this point. So far I've used wrapping paper with Santas on it, but I feel like wrapping can be used against you and makes it easier to find clues. (I've thought too much about it, clearly.)
I don't think we'll need to come out and tell DD1 about it. She'll figure it out on her own at the usual age and then she'll just have to keep her mouth shut for DD2. They'll get Santa gifts while they are still in our house, and stockings until they have their own kids. Or something like that - hard to say.
Santa will be visiting our house as well. We will also teach the kids the true meaning of Christmas, because that is why the holiday exists, but it's fun for Santa to come too. He will fill the stockings and probably leave a big gift, unwrapped. That's how my mom did it too. We all still get stockings and Santa gifts at her house, even at my Grandma's house when we go there. When he finds out Santa isn't real, I will do what others have said, make him not mention it around younger siblings. I know the first year I found out was disappointing, but we have so much fun "believing" every year. I hope he will also.
I'm not going to tell them Santa isn't real!! At work my boss (who's 40) believes in Santa so much that her niece found out Santa wasn't real and said "don't tell Aunty Cheryl, she'll be really upset"
This year DS1 has been asking for months about Santa! He can't wait for him to come. When he came when I was little we used to leave out Sherry, a mince pie (feel free to ask what one is as I have become aware over the last week that you guys over the pond have no idea about any UK Christmas food!!) and a carrot for Rudolf. As DH is a police officer and he doesn't want Santa to be drunk in charge of a sleigh he'll get milk, mince pie and a carrot for Rudolf
They will learn the true meaning of Christmas at school or I'll teach them when they ask. We aren't very religious in our family (my side a lot more than DH)
I love Christmas SOOOOOOOOOOOO much, I'm so excited now DS1 is excited about it too!!
Santa will visit here. He did last year at my mom and dads house and will for many many years to come. I don't think we'll ever tell the kids Santa isn't real. I don't have any memory of someone telling me that he's not real, at some point I just knew. There was never that trauma and hopefully my kids won't have that either.
Lyla 10/06/10 ~ Kole 04/06/12