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Old 12-27-2015, 06:53 AM
 
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Does this thread need to be in a parenting forum? Or, are we really saying that some kids will believe in Santa until they are in their 70's and inherit an estate? Or borrow cheap money all their lives to get new stuff? If this crap really ended at age 8 it would be a different world.... But our economy would suck.....just sayin'.
I'm having trouble seeing how this thread is even here in a retirement forum when my PSA Test Results thread was banished to the health forum wastelands.
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:12 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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What, at 64, you're telling me Santa isn't real. I call bs on that. Santa IS real!
Of course he is! When my belief began to waver at about age 8, my mother told me that Santa was the spirit of Christmas. Made perfect sense to me. Still does.

My children believed longer than many of their contemporaries. After they were tucked into bed on Christmas Eve and I was sure they'd fallen asleep I'd go outside, throw a couple of hands full of pebbles on the roof over their bedrooms and call out a hearty, "Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!" I have a very deep voice so it sounded "authentic." I would then put on boots, step into the fireplace and make a trail of sooty footprints from the hearth to when their gifts were.

On Christmas morning several of the children would swear they heard the reindeer on the roof and Santa calling out, "Merry Christmas." There were smiles all around.
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Old 12-27-2015, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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For those old enough to remember, here is a short clip from a Shirley Temple film, where bratty little Jane Withers sets Shirley straight about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny...and the tooth fairy for good measure! This is hilarious, and a movie moment unlike any other from childhood!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlkxrD-yF_E
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Old 12-27-2015, 08:56 AM
 
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Of course he is! When my belief began to waver at about age 8, my mother told me that Santa was the spirit of Christmas. Made perfect sense to me. Still does.

My children believed longer than many of their contemporaries. After they were tucked into bed on Christmas Eve and I was sure they'd fallen asleep I'd go outside, throw a couple of hands full of pebbles on the roof over their bedrooms and call out a hearty, "Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!" I have a very deep voice so it sounded "authentic." I would then put on boots, step into the fireplace and make a trail of sooty footprints from the hearth to when their gifts were.

On Christmas morning several of the children would swear they heard the reindeer on the roof and Santa calling out, "Merry Christmas." There were smiles all around.
With stories like this you may need to change your handle😀
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Old 12-27-2015, 09:01 AM
 
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If you believe, Santa can still come and give you the gift of joy for the next year. That is something many of never want to out grow!
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Old 12-27-2015, 09:21 AM
 
Location: I am right here.
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Grownups screwed up enough things for kids as it is.
Yep. I agree.
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Old 12-27-2015, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I'm having trouble seeing how this thread is even here in a retirement forum when my PSA Test Results thread was banished to the health forum wastelands.
I guess it's here because of the nostalgic element. It allows some people the opportunity to reminisce about happier times which is what many people do this time of year. I don't but for them what do, more power to 'em.
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Old 12-27-2015, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I can't remember what age I was when I learned that Santa wasn't real but it was traumatic. It also meant that the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy weren't real either. I remember my friend telling me and I remember asking her Grandmother if it was true. She tried to lie to me at first and say that it wasn't true, but it didn't work. When she said to her Granddaughter "now look what you've done." and I knew it was over. That wonderful fantasy land caved in in ruins around my devastated little feet. Life would never be the same again. Reality was a harsh and an unrelenting torture when you're being raised by alcoholic parents. I always wondered why my presents weren't as cool as my friends presents when I was a kid, and that part of Santa wasn't very nice. On the other hand when I understood that there really wasn't some nice man out there that actually cared about me, Christmas would never be the same again. Don't take fantasy land away from kids. Let them bask in the wonder of it as long as they can. Childhood is only but a few short wonderful years when you look at it on the time line of life. They should be worry free years and the magic of Santa is a big part of it. Gritty life takes over soon enough.
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Old 12-27-2015, 12:30 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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With stories like this you may need to change your handle😀
Not on your life.

Tried to rep you but have to spread some more around first.
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Old 12-27-2015, 12:34 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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I can't remember what age I was when I learned that Santa wasn't real but it was traumatic. It also meant that the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy weren't real either. I remember my friend telling me and I remember asking her Grandmother if it was true. She tried to lie to me at first and say that it wasn't true, but it didn't work. When she said to her Granddaughter "now look what you've done." and I knew it was over. That wonderful fantasy land caved in in ruins around my devastated little feet. Life would never be the same again. Reality was a harsh and an unrelenting torture when you're being raised by alcoholic parents. I always wondered why my presents weren't as cool as my friends presents when I was a kid, and that part of Santa wasn't very nice. On the other hand when I understood that there really wasn't some nice man out there that actually cared about me, Christmas would never be the same again. Don't take fantasy land away from kids. Let them bask in the wonder of it as long as they can. Childhood is only but a few short wonderful years when you look at it on the time line of life. They should be worry free years and the magic of Santa is a big part of it. Gritty life takes over soon enough.
Gritty life indeed! I was also raised by two alcoholic parents but to their credit they made sure Christmas and Easter were magical.
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