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By the age of 5 5 10.00%
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Old 12-17-2007, 05:10 AM   #1
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When did you stop "believing" in Santa Claus?

I am saying this because my little girl is asking me is Santa really real? Monique is 8 and i believe i was about 9 or 10 when i was first told Santa was not real, it was after Christmas and i remember being sad but not devastated, I don't remember all that well how it was told to me.

Reece is 6, and Santa is still very much real to him, he writes to him and draws him pictures and sings carols so santa can hear him.

The kids both know that the Santa in the shops are "helpers" that they fly back and forth to the north pole and tell SANTA what the kids want.

I just feel a little saddened that the end of believing in Santa is near for Monique....this might be our last Xmas that she believes in Santa. There are some kids out there that are calling them all babies if you believe in Santa still. She knows there is something dodgy going on, plus Moni "stumbled across" some stocking filler stuff *Damn-it-now-i-gotts-to-find-more-stuff*

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Old 12-17-2007, 07:34 AM   #2
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I never believed in that dude from the North Pole. But I see that's not an option here.

Then again, if we're talking about the one and only Sinterklaas, then I think I was around 7 or 8 when I found out that he wasn't alive anymore.

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Old 12-17-2007, 09:28 AM   #3
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I was 3.

We got our gifts on Christmas Eve and I remember being in the kitchen with my grandfather, father, brother, and cousins and they said we were waiting for Santa. But I had to go to the bathroom and so I went by myself (like a big girl!) and then curiosity got the best of me, so I went to peek through the French doors that lead to the living room and saw my Mom and grandmother pushing the gifts under the tree.

It was kind of convenient from that point on to ask for what I wanted more bluntly.

I would probably tell my kids by 9 or so only because by then it seems everyone at school knew and the 2 or 3 kids who still bought into it were teased and called dumb, so to save them from that grief, if by 8 or 9 they don't know, I'd probably tell them.
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I didn't really ever believe, but it was mostly because my parents weren't really into Santa. We didn't go sit on Santa's lap, or write a list for Santa. We also didn't have a fireplace, so that always confused me when other kids talked about Santa. We had a chimney since our house was a 150 year old farm house, but it had been converted into closet space on each level, no fireplace for Santa to come out. I think I asked my dad once and he said Santa would put the presents on the back porch. I didn't really give Santa much thought in general.
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I was around 8 - I was reading one of my mom's Good Housekeeping magazines (when I was little I used to literally read everything in sight) when I happened across an article about when you should tell your kids about Santa, etc. I wasn't bummed at all cause I figured I was still ok as far as the entire getting presents thing went.
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Old 12-17-2007, 12:10 PM   #9
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7 or 8, probably.

This thread will definitely scar a few interferencers, methinks.

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Old 12-17-2007, 12:13 PM   #10
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About 8 or so, I had doubts before that but it was confirmed when I got up around 11 and saw my mother carrying the gifts back and forth from our neighbor's house where she hid them
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I think I was about 7 or 8 and that is when I found "Santa" gifts in my parent's closet. I then dragged my sister in and showed her there's really no Santa Claus. Wrong thing to do and I Regret it...I think I scarred her for life. We talk about that every Christmas! I love the spirit of Christmas and will always carry that with me.

Those years "playing Santa" when my son was growing up was the most fun in my entire life! Seeing it from a child's eyes is so precious!
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:29 PM   #12
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I went to a Catholic grade school and I was in the 3rd grade, when our teacher told us there was no Santa Claus. When I came home from school and told my mother, she was so mad about it. The funny thing about it , it was not a nun that even told us.
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Santa's not real?

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Old 12-17-2007, 06:39 PM   #14
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6 or 7
I saw the xmas gifts in their walk in closet.
also i heard my parents arguing xmas eve who would stay up and put all of the presents underneath the tree
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:20 PM   #15
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I discovered around 9 or 10 that my parents were the ones staying up & eating the cookies we'd left for Santa (bastards! ). I decided to keep it under wraps for another year or so until my brother was about 8... didn't want to ruin his childhood too early!

But I still believe in the spirit of Santa Claus...and I'm 36!

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