U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Parenting
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 01-02-2018, 08:45 AM
 
5,956 posts, read 4,974,334 times
Reputation: 7989

Advertisements

Oldest was 6 when she figured it out for herself, her younger sister was 7.

They are 6 years apart, so older daughter loved being a "conspirator" in helping us play out the Santa fantasy for her little sister.

Oldest grandson is now four, and we couldn't light a fire in the fireplace this Christmas Eve...he didn't want Santa to get burned when he came down the chimney! One of his gift boxes was dented (in delivery), and we told him a reindeer stepped on it. I left a half empty cup of cold coffee and a bunch of cookie crumbs on the table after he went to bed. He thought Santa had eaten them.

I stopped believing when I was 6...but my dad tried very hard to put it off as long as possible. Every time a helicopter flew over the house in the summer, he would tell me that it was Santa checking up on me. He had to fly a helicopter because he couldn't use his sleigh in summer.

Edit: We had a close call with my grandson! To explain, my room when I'm at their house is on the first floor...the previous owners used it for an exercise room. It used to have exercise equipment, a hot tub, and a sauna. The hot tub was removed, and the sauna was taken out, but it's still used as a big walk in closet. It still has the glass door, and three rows of seats (used for shelves). My daughter thought it would be a nifty place to hide the kids' presents...until oldest grandson looked through the glass door and saw the Duplo train his baby brother was getting (luckily that's ALL he saw). He sure didn't forget that! We had to immediately move the presents out and hide them upstairs.

And he DID remember that train Christmas morning when his brother unwrapped it..."That's the train that was in Nan's closet!!!" I explained that it was a present from Mama and Daddy, NOT Santa, and Mama had hidden it in my closet for a surprise. WHEW!!!!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-02-2018, 04:30 PM
 
5,113 posts, read 2,984,829 times
Reputation: 12557
By six my boys figured out that Reindeer didn't fly through the sky around the whole world in one night. It didn't decrease their excitement about Christmas though!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-02-2018, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Texas
4,758 posts, read 1,672,293 times
Reputation: 10030
I had a cousin who didn't stop believing in Santa until she was older. It was forced on her by her mother and it wasn't a healthy situation at all. Her mom wanted to keep the belief going even when the girl was in junior high school, and other kids were laughing at her about still believing in Santa.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-02-2018, 06:58 PM
 
655 posts, read 623,659 times
Reputation: 1552
Quote:
Originally Posted by Moth View Post
Was he sad?
No, he wasn’t.

If I remember the conversation correctly, it went like this:

Me: what do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas?
Son: there is no Santa Claus

He said it very matter-of-factly and continued doing his homework.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-02-2018, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
10,081 posts, read 2,896,967 times
Reputation: 11633
My daughter asked me when she was 10 if I was Santa and I asked her what she thought and she started crying and said "I think you're Santa" and I said yes. She then asked if I was also the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny, I said yes. She cried and then she was ok. My youngest is now 9 and she was really into it this year. I know this was her last year believing and it's sad as that will be that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-08-2018, 09:23 AM
Status: "Summer's here!" (set 9 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
83,578 posts, read 96,661,018 times
Reputation: 30247
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mrs. Skeffington View Post
Oldest was 6 when she figured it out for herself, her younger sister was 7.

They are 6 years apart, so older daughter loved being a "conspirator" in helping us play out the Santa fantasy for her little sister.

Oldest grandson is now four, and we couldn't light a fire in the fireplace this Christmas Eve...he didn't want Santa to get burned when he came down the chimney! One of his gift boxes was dented (in delivery), and we told him a reindeer stepped on it. I left a half empty cup of cold coffee and a bunch of cookie crumbs on the table after he went to bed. He thought Santa had eaten them.

I stopped believing when I was 6...but my dad tried very hard to put it off as long as possible. Every time a helicopter flew over the house in the summer, he would tell me that it was Santa checking up on me. He had to fly a helicopter because he couldn't use his sleigh in summer.

Edit: We had a close call with my grandson! To explain, my room when I'm at their house is on the first floor...the previous owners used it for an exercise room. It used to have exercise equipment, a hot tub, and a sauna. The hot tub was removed, and the sauna was taken out, but it's still used as a big walk in closet. It still has the glass door, and three rows of seats (used for shelves). My daughter thought it would be a nifty place to hide the kids' presents...until oldest grandson looked through the glass door and saw the Duplo train his baby brother was getting (luckily that's ALL he saw). He sure didn't forget that! We had to immediately move the presents out and hide them upstairs.

And he DID remember that train Christmas morning when his brother unwrapped it..."That's the train that was in Nan's closet!!!" I explained that it was a present from Mama and Daddy, NOT Santa, and Mama had hidden it in my closet for a surprise. WHEW!!!!
Ha! My husband is the youngest of three boys. When he was six, his older brothers took him to the attic and showed him the Christmas presents. The next oldest bro was only 8 himself. DH said he still believed.

My kids both figured it out at 8 by themselves. However, the younger one and I were out shopping by ourselves that year, and went in a store with a Santa Claus. She wanted to talk to him and I let her.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-13-2018, 01:07 PM
 
Location: San Diego
507 posts, read 365,383 times
Reputation: 469
My biological father was a mall santa. Both of my natural parents were, for whatever reason, against imbuing me with a sense of those fantasies (Santa, tooth fairy, etc). So, I never believed. I feel like I wouldn't want to do the Santa thing with my own kids, either, but I won't have to worry about that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-15-2018, 02:23 PM
 
864 posts, read 614,377 times
Reputation: 2061
I'm not sure when my oldest was. She has a doubting nature, but I do recall her being 7 and still believing, although starting to question. If I had to guess, I'd say 7 or 8. We never had an explicit conversation about it.

My mother accidentally pilled the beans to my middle child just before her 9th birthday. The look on her little face was one of complete shock. She recovered nicely, though, and enjoys being perpetuating the fantasy with our youngest child, who is now 6 and absolutely believes.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-22-2018, 07:13 AM
 
2,277 posts, read 2,645,958 times
Reputation: 2213
This past year, my kids were 7,6 and 4. All still believing. I think it might be my oldest's last year. And we have to kind of intercept him before he spoils it for the other two. I find it kind of fun and will be sad when they no longer believe. But, my wife has some plan for that - when my oldest no longer believes, she'll let him on the "secret" and then HE can be "a santa" too. And we'll bring him to the store to shop for gifts and be all secretive about it to the other two.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-24-2018, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
23,852 posts, read 57,901,851 times
Reputation: 25124
the oldest are 26. I will let you know when/if they stop believing in Santa (assuming I am still alive).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Parenting
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2017, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 - Top