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65. I was kind of scared of Santa Claus when I was a kid
My dad was stationed for 3 years in Germany in the U.S. Air Force and we lived on a giant air base in Bitburg. In elementary school, just before Christmas break they brought in Santa Claus to each class and right with him was a guy called "Black Peter". Santa Claus told the class that Black Peter would cut off their ears, gouge out their eyes, and stick them in a coal sack (the evil-looking guy playing Black Peter actually had a coal sack slung on his back) and that their parents would never see them again if they weren't good little boys and girls. The teacher pointed out a couple of disruptive kids in the class and Black Peter went after them and opened his coal sack. We kids were stricken with fear, as if Freddie Kruger had come to life. It was a bizarre and frightening experience.
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  -How old were your kids when they concluded there was no real Santa Claus and he was just a myth? Stop Cornyn  Dec-04-07 11:48 PM   #0 
  - About 3 & 14  The_Casual_Observer   Dec-04-07 11:50 PM   #1 
  - Three seems young.  Stop Cornyn   Dec-05-07 12:18 AM   #26 
     - May have been 5, but not by much.  The_Casual_Observer   Dec-05-07 12:34 AM   #32 
  - There is a Santa.  MiltonF   Dec-04-07 11:53 PM   #2 
  - If there is a little Santa in all of us, why do we tell kids a more elaborate story?  Stop Cornyn   Dec-05-07 12:05 AM   #12 
     - Because they are children who have a hard time with the idea of giving and sharing.  MiltonF   Dec-05-07 01:06 AM   #40 
        - That's a nice way of looking at it. I was discussing the lengths we go to in order to perpetuate a  Stop Cornyn   Dec-05-07 01:14 AM   #41 
        - Mine found out about being a Santa helper at 4  uppityperson   Dec-05-07 08:52 PM   #69 
  - oldest was 6, middle was 5, the twins were are 5 and still believe  rpannier   Dec-04-07 11:54 PM   #3 
  - My youngest is too young to understand either way, my 6 year old has Santa doubts, and my 9 year old  Stop Cornyn   Dec-05-07 12:12 AM   #19 
  - I tell my kids that Santa is Jesus's father and...  Cronus Protagonist   Dec-04-07 11:55 PM   #4 
  - lol  Stop Cornyn   Dec-04-07 11:56 PM   #6 
  - I can't believe I don't have to wait till Easter to post this...  Viva_La_Revolution   Dec-05-07 12:18 AM   #25 
  - when my son was young, and 4 years old  Hamlette   Dec-05-07 12:19 AM   #27 
     - Hahaha good one n/t  Cronus Protagonist   Dec-05-07 12:29 AM   #31 
  - There's no Santa??????  seriousstan   Dec-04-07 11:56 PM   #5 
  - Sorry, this question was meant for your parents. Of COURSE there's a Santa.  Stop Cornyn   Dec-04-07 11:58 PM   #7 
  - mine believed in Santa longer than Jesus.  Whisp   Dec-04-07 11:59 PM   #8 
  - Some people work harder to perpetuate the Santa story; others ...  Stop Cornyn   Dec-05-07 12:02 AM   #11 
     - Santa=corporate. Jesus=just another myth.  Whisp   Dec-05-07 12:07 AM   #14 
  - No kids, but I was a skeptic at the age of two  Warpy   Dec-05-07 12:00 AM   #9 
  - So you've been a party-pooper all your life, huh?  varkam   Dec-05-07 12:11 AM   #18 
  - I'm still waiting.  sfexpat2000   Dec-05-07 12:01 AM   #10 
  - was never taught to believe such silliness  Skittles   Dec-05-07 12:06 AM   #13 
  - I was raised to believe both, and I am raising my kids within that tradition.  Stop Cornyn   Dec-05-07 12:08 AM   #15 
  - and?  Skittles   Dec-05-07 12:18 AM   #24 
     - I believe in giving the kids the whole parade, and letting them figure it out for themselves.  Stop Cornyn   Dec-05-07 12:24 AM   #29 
        - Good approach.  emilyg   Dec-05-07 12:40 AM   #34 
        - LOL  Skittles   Dec-05-07 02:02 AM   #42 
  - Neither was I,but I missed it.Mom was a little too earnest,if you ask me.I told my kids Santa's real  Hekate   Dec-05-07 02:43 AM   #46 
  - The slow one was 23 years old & the bright one was 26.  GreenTea   Dec-05-07 12:09 AM   #16 
  - LOL  Pirate Smile   Dec-05-07 12:23 AM   #28 
  - Learning they're not "real" comes pretty early in this cynical world, but learning that myth is  Ron_Green   Dec-05-07 12:11 AM   #17 
  - I've read your post several times now...  varkam   Dec-05-07 12:13 AM   #20 
  - At what age did the once lost faith come back?  Stop Cornyn   Dec-05-07 12:14 AM   #21 
  - For me, it has taken maybe 40 years.  Ron_Green   Dec-05-07 12:46 AM   #38 
     - Have you ever seen Danny Boyle's movie "Millions"?  Stop Cornyn   Dec-05-07 12:52 AM   #39 
        - Thanks - It looks interesting.  Ron_Green   Dec-05-07 02:18 PM   #61 
           - I mention it because the movie is about a kid who loses his mother and begins to have visions of  Stop Cornyn   Dec-05-07 04:03 PM   #67 
  - Nicely put. Speaking of winter myths, have you read Terry Pratchett's "Hogfather"?  Hekate   Dec-05-07 02:47 AM   #47 
     - I like the Hogfather, but Good Omens is my favorite.  Czolgosz   Dec-05-07 08:45 AM   #51 
  - Yeah right. Next you'll tell me there's no Tooth Fairy.  progressoid   Dec-05-07 12:14 AM   #22 
  - It's a scam set up by Big Denture.  Stop Cornyn   Dec-05-07 12:17 AM   #23 
  - lol..thanks for the wonderful giggle! eom  flyarm   Dec-05-07 12:43 AM   #36 
  - You should put *SPOILER ALERT* in the title. nt  Ravy   Dec-05-07 12:28 AM   #30 
  - Damn! It's too late to edit the OP.  Stop Cornyn   Dec-05-07 12:35 AM   #33 
  - GMTA  TahitiNut   Dec-05-07 12:44 AM   #37 
  - mine faked it until he was 14..he said he didn't want to hurt our feelings!!  flyarm   Dec-05-07 12:42 AM   #35 
  - You don't believe in Santa? Shame on you.I believe.  saracat   Dec-05-07 02:06 AM   #43 
  - I don't know that either of my kids bought into the myth.  xxqqqzme   Dec-05-07 02:11 AM   #44 
  - Different for each kid  Not_Giving_Up   Dec-05-07 02:39 AM   #45 
  - From the beginning. I've never lied to my kids.  lady of texas   Dec-05-07 06:03 AM   #48 
  - Not sure I remember what age for sure regarding the myth of Santa. But..  michaz   Dec-05-07 06:16 AM   #49 
  - I'm raising my kids Catholic, too. We go to church (and CCD) weekly. I don't think you are "brain  Stop Cornyn   Dec-05-07 09:56 AM   #53 
  - Santa went by the wayside in 2nd grade. Jesus about 5th grade.  Czolgosz   Dec-05-07 08:26 AM   #50 
  - I don't have kids, but I was told the Santa lie, I mean myth, when I was a kid.  raccoon   Dec-05-07 08:57 AM   #52 
  - Santa or Satan?  tinrobot   Dec-05-07 10:33 AM   #54 
  - Never believed it. Parents told me it was fake from day 1.  yodermon   Dec-05-07 10:34 AM   #55 
  - My kids are almost 8 and almost 10. The elder is suspicious about the Santa thing, I think but  GreenPartyVoter   Dec-05-07 10:36 AM   #56 
  - At 6, Santa's still real  dropkickpa   Dec-05-07 10:45 AM   #57 
  - My kids all learned pretty early - by the time they were around 2 or 3  karynnj   Dec-05-07 10:45 AM   #58 
  - Best first person story I heard on this (or at least I think it is).  gordianot   Dec-05-07 11:21 AM   #59 
  - My 25-year-old son knows better than to let on to me there's no Santa.  intheflow   Dec-05-07 11:21 AM   #60 
  - I forced a confession when I had just turned 4  ginbarn   Dec-05-07 02:41 PM   #62 
  - When we celebrated Christmas, which we don't do anymore, I ruined it, accidentally, for my  in_cog_ni_to   Dec-05-07 02:42 PM   #63 
  - We weren't going to do Santa, but with it all over the school, it's now in our house.  knitter4democracy   Dec-05-07 02:43 PM   #64 
  - I was kind of scared of Santa Claus when I was a kid  aint_no_life_nowhere   Dec-05-07 02:52 PM   #65 
  - My daughter was 4 when she decided the Santa Claus story...  Contrary1   Dec-05-07 03:04 PM   #66 
  - 1st or 2nd grade for both of them for for Jesus  Turn CO Blue   Dec-05-07 08:46 PM   #68 
  - OK, I *did* lie to my kids alot  Madam Mossfern   Dec-05-07 09:08 PM   #70 
     - Both of my kids had other kids in school break the news...  Turn CO Blue   Dec-05-07 10:33 PM   #71 
  - we had a bad incident  lwfern   Dec-05-07 10:41 PM   #72 
  - Still believing...  aroach   Dec-05-07 10:55 PM   #73 

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