Just wanted to know everybody's opinion about Christmas & Santa Claus?

Moonika - posted on 11/20/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Do all parents tell their children that Santa Claus brings Christmas presents or do people give presents? Just wondering about other families and traditions. I had Santa when I was small but i dont think i gained anything by it. Some say I take the magic out of my childs life but I dont feel right to lie to her and want her to be happy about her parents working hard to provide her with a happy life and also to appreciate money and family. She will still get nice dinner, Christmas tree and all the decorations and all the presents, just presents come from her family not from some made up character from North Pole...Even tho I am an Ateist I think Christmas is meant to be a religious holiday not a time to show off your financial abilities or get yourself in a hole with debt, so for me Christmas is about Family. What are your opinions on all that?

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Christy - posted on 11/27/2009

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even as a kid i didn't by the Santa clause thing. but i still loved the magic of Christmas. I was taught the meaning behind St Nick. (giving just to be nice and make smiles) i was never told there was or wasn't just the meaning, and the had fun with the holiday.
being that your Atheist it might be fun just to learn about all the traditions (for education & fun) and start a tradition of just doing nice things for each other in lue of gifts.

Melissa - posted on 11/26/2009

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Nothing has made me smile more than the excitement that my daughter has gotten thinking and talking about Santa coming on Christmas morning and bringing her gifts! She is so excited and I cannot wait until Christmas morning when she gets up and sees what he brought! We did Santa growing up and I never faulted my parents for "lying" to me about it. It's just fun and joyful for us to do it!

There is nothing wrong with you making that decision for your family. Everyone does something different. I certainly would not mention there NOT being a Santa to your children, but maybe encourage the thought that everyone believes in different ideas. That way they won't tell the other children they are around that "my mother told me there's not Santa."

Gena - posted on 11/21/2009

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I agree...The magic of Christmas is what it is all about. Plus, I think it is selfish to want credit for the gifts that you give! There is plenty of time for them to appreciate you and all that you do for them...for now, enjoy that they are kids and that they still believe in the magic!

Sarah - posted on 11/21/2009

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I totally believe in santa for kids! how id give to believe in the magical things again. makes being a kid so much more exciting. at 5years old or so, kids dont understand or even think about how the presents came about ( how you work your butt off for them), untill they are older and by this time they are old enough to know that santas not real. I never got angry at my parents for 'lying to me' about santa, if anything i thank them for the awesome memories i had. each to there own i guess.

Moonika - posted on 11/21/2009

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Quoting Chris:

dont you remeber the magic and excitement, of going to see santa, making your wish list, posting it off to the northpole and hoping santa will bring you something nice. leaving out the drink and mince pie for santa and something for rudolph, hanging up your stocking on christmas eve, going to bed all excited, and vowing to stay awake all night. then waking up in the morning and going downstairs, the living room lit up with the tree lights and your presents in a pile,...the wrapping paper, selection boxes a present you always wanted and lovely gifts that you never even thought of???



Where I come from we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, sants does not come in the night, so we do not leave him food or wow to stay up all night. traditionally we leave the slippers on the window for the month of December so elfs can bring us little sweeties every day (this can be replaced with a chocolate Christmas calendar). on the 24th we have the family dinner and then its time to get the presents from under the tree. everyone always had to sing a song or read poetry to earn the present. so Christmas Day and the following day we have to relax, eat leftovers and visiting friends and relatives.



Chris - posted on 11/21/2009

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i love the whole santa clause bit, you said you didnt get anything out of believing in santa as a child, thats very sad. dont you remeber the magic and excitement, of going to see santa, making your wish list, posting it off to the northpole and hoping santa will bring you something nice. leaving out the drink and mince pie for santa and something for rudolph, hanging up your stocking on christmas eve, going to bed all excited, and vowing to stay awake all night. then waking up in the morning and going downstairs, the living room lit up with the tree lights and your presents in a pile,...the wrapping paper, selection boxes a present you always wanted and lovely gifts that you never even thought of???

im 35 now with a teenage son and a 2 year old, my son has obviously grown out of the whole santa bit, but now we have it all again with my daughter, i love all off it, its great to see her face light christmas morning, all the magical stories we tell her in the run up to christmas, visiting places with the christmas decorations. its a shame you seem so cynical asi think childhood is a magical time, you are only young for a short time and should be filled with happy times. this is the time to fill you childs mind with lots of wonderful memories.

also it is a religious time, we are catholic and so she will be told the story of baby jesus being born, and will go to mass and sing christmas hymns. the day will be spent as a family sharing a meal and giving gifts

i dont see it as showing off, as a buy her only what i can afford, i start shopping in the august sales and buy a bit each month

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