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sonicx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:15 PM
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Are you gonna play the "Santa Claus" game with your kids?
i don't have kids, but if i did, I'd probably wouldn't. Don't wanna break their little hearts when they find the truth...

how 'bout you?
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OldLeftieLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:18 PM
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1. When you have kids, you'll play Santa Claus
Because kids love it and because kids believe it and because it really is wonderful to help them put out the milk and cookies and listen for the reindeer on the roof.

That's what childhood is for - fantasy and fairy tales.

There's plenty of time in their lives for reality. Who needs to speed it up or deny them the joy of childhood?

Besides, my kids told me there was no Santa. They were sorry, but they believed it was better that I knew...........
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Droopy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:20 PM
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2. I wouldn't do it
But it's just because I'm so damn honest that I would want to tell my kids a lie no matter how innocent.
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Gyre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:35 PM
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5. I'm really not sure
but I appreciate the "don't want to lie" position. Seems assinine to lie about anything to a kid. On the other hand, if the kid never asks you directly "...Is there a Santa Claus?", then you don't have to lie. Or you can always change the subject. I'm wondering about it too.

Gyre
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Pithlet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:22 PM
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3. I'm torn on this
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 11:23 PM by Pithlet
I remember how fun Christmas was when I did believe in Santa. I also remember the heartbreak when I was told he wasn't real. Yeah, I was a gullible kid. But, I still remember how painful it was. It was a kick in the gut. My husband doesn't want to do the Santa thing but I don't think he ever bought that as a kid, so he really can't relate to my point of view. We have to make up our minds soon, because my older son is almost 4. It was different last year because he was 2 and really didn't seem to pick up on the Christmas excitement until it was time to open presents. He wasn't really old enough to anticipate and he seemed to ignore the idea of Santa altogether. It didn't matter where the presents came from. This year, I think it will be different. I don't know what to do.
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Moonbeam_Starlight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:27 PM
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4. I've had a weird experience
now most kids aren't like this ok?

My daughter is almost 10. She figured out a few years ago about the whole Santa deal. And when she did figure it out, she cried her eyes out and said "How could you LIE to me?" OMG, it broke my heart.

Now, she is a VERY literal child. Most kids aren't quite wired like her. I don't remember being upset, in fact, I felt kinda grown up because I knew something my younger brother didn't know yet.

If I had it to do over again and I could know in advance my daughter wasn't going to react like most kids, I wouldn't have done the whole Santa thing.

Even as a three year old she was a skeptic. A friend told me, "I swear that child is a natural born atheist. A total skeptic."

But this is a kid who, the day after I told her I used to believe my stuffed animals came to life when I left the room, took some scissors and vivisectioned one of her teddy bears from chin to crotch to show me he was just stuffing. She was FOUR and was concerned that I had ever believed such a silly thing as inanimate objects coming to life.

Like I said, most kids aren't like that. So with most kids, the Santa thing is fine. With this one, it wasn't. Same deal with the damn tooth fairy and Easter bunny.
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neebob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:42 PM
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6. I'm still living in infamy with my former in-laws
for telling my son the truth when he was 2 or 3. They say he never had a childhood (sniff!). I just remember how stupid I felt in the fourth grade, realizing I was like the last kid on the planet to find out - from my friends.
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C.C.D. Donating Member (101 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:44 PM
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7. I don't do Santa Claus (m)
and won't either. Children learn by example and I won't parade lying as an okay thing.
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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:46 PM
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8. You know, I've been looking at this since you first posted it,
and wondering what "The 'Santa Claus' Game" was --- it just occurred to me.

Hmmmm come to think of if, I can't ever remember believing in Santa Claus.
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