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Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:20 am

I know it's the total wrong season for this, but people at work are talking about Santa Claus and kids. One woman said her friends son who is 8 or 9 still believes in Santa, she said it in a tone that his parents are so nasty not telling him. I'm more for the he is still young, let him believe if he or his parents want him to.

Am I the weird one for thinking that it's ok? Just because someone reaches 5 it doesn't mean Santa Claus has to be over.
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Re: Santa Claus

Postby RagDoll » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:05 am

I think if I had kids, I'd want them to believe for as long as possible (within reason obviously lol -they're going to twig eventually). I remember how great it was believing in Santa, so why wouldn't you want that for your own children?!
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Re: Santa Claus

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:10 am

Thats exactly my point.

It made Christmas more special because Santa had visited because you'd been good. I remember we used to keep going in the garden to see if we could see Santa flying past :).
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Re: Santa Claus

Postby RagDoll » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:17 am

Yeh exactly and it's a good way to bribe children to be well behaved, haha. Christmas was unbelivably exciting when you were a kid. I remember when I was in primary school telling my friends that I'd heared Santa's sleigh bells in my back garden, haha.
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Re: Santa Claus

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:26 am

I woke up one Christmas and heard people downstairs, my mam, dad and grandma all said they'd heard Santa on the roof and got up to investigate; but I was allowed to open one present and then I had to go back to bed. I honestly wish I was a kid again when it come to Christmas, for the pure excitement :)
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Re: Santa Claus

Postby snail » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:28 am

I can't agree with this one. I would never tell a child anything that wasn't true (at least not without a very important reason). That totally undermines the parent-child trust, I think.

I was told about Santa by my parents, like everyone was. I thought about it, decided it was too improbable, and rejected it. So I never believed it myself. That probably tells you a lot about me! :roll:
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Re: Santa Claus

Postby RagDoll » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:33 am

Snail, I would agree with you if it was a nasty lie, but telling kids about Santa just enhances Christmas for them, so I don't see the problem really. It's a white lie. Besides, even if the parents aren't telling them about it, I would imagine they'll be told it's true by teachers, other children etc.

I think if children really thought it through, they'd realise it's a load of rubbish, but the WANT to believe means you don't really consider it... and I thought I was cynical Snail, hahaha :P
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Re: Santa Claus

Postby rufio89 » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:34 am

I dont think I ever really believed in Santa either Snail, but then I've got 6 older brothers and sisters so think the rents were a bit bored of it by then lol
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Re: Santa Claus

Postby snail » Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:37 am

Thinking about it, the fact that I disbelieved it probably says a lot about my relationship with my parents too!
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Re: Santa Claus

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:01 am

RagDoll wrote:I think if children really thought it through, they'd realise it's a load of rubbish, but the WANT to believe means you don't really consider it... and I thought I was cynical Snail, hahaha :P


When I got a bit older I started to question it but never when I was little :(
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Re: Santa Claus

Postby Bel Bel » Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:23 pm

as lona as you don't still believe when you go to secondary school, by then you will just get bullied
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Re: Santa Claus

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:34 pm

Bel Bel wrote:as lona as you don't still believe when you go to secondary school, by then you will just get bullied


I didn't go to secondary school :cry:

I did first, middle and high hehe
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Re: Santa Claus

Postby ILoveChristmas » Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:35 am

Why didn't I see this post earlier lol

The only harm I could see it potentially doing at much older than 8 is if the child speaks about it to their peers. If they still genuinely believe in Santa, then they're likely just to speak about it like any other subject and possibly be upset and embarassed when they're teased about it.

Having said that, the innocence of youth should be preserved where possible!
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Re: Santa Claus

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:57 am

I am suprised you didn't comment eariler IloveChristmas hehe.

ILoveChristmas wrote:Having said that, the innocence of youth should be preserved where possible!


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Re: Santa Claus

Postby Jess1234 » Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:04 pm

I was about 6 when I stopped believing in Santa I think... I remember having an argument when I was in year 2 with a guy in my class coz I told him santa wasn't real and he still believed in Santa!

I think I'd still tell my kids that Santa existed because it made Christmas so much more exciting.
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