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Is a child believing in Santa Claus a thing of the past?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by FenderGyrl, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's

    Jan 24, 2011
    I grew up without Santa, because my family didn't have much money and my parents didn't want me thinking I was a bad kid when I compared my Christmas gifts to other kids at school. I'm grateful to my parents for being so thoughtful. I still loved Christmas and had a sense of magic and all that. I just never believed in Santa.

    Now I've got kids and enough money to give them a nice Christmas. But I just don't like lying to my kids.
  2. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    Just a tiny "quibble" if I may respectfully say......being an atheist and believing/not believing in Santa Claus aren't related. The concept of Santa has more to do with pagan traditions and not with the other beliefs of the season. I think how you seem to be carrying on Spanish cultural traditions are great for your children, and I certainly applaud and respect your personal decisions. ;)
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  3. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

    May 5, 2015
    Like me, my kids believed in Santa for as long as they could. Now that I'm older I know he's real. And he's everywhere. Eventually they will learn that too.

    The most important things survive adulthood:
    1. The reason for Christmas
    2. The spirit of Christmas
    3. The giving and receiving.
  4. DougM

    DougM Friend of Leo's

    Jul 5, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    Just more evidence of the PC police trying to tell everyone how to live, but expecting to be able at the same time to do anything they want to. I think they should really concentrate more on social stigmas that are truly hurtful, like bigotry, sexism, and racism.
  5. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Why wouldn't a child believe in Santa Claus?
    I mean, it's not like he's not real
  6. DrPepper

    DrPepper Tele-Holic

    Nov 24, 2017
    Pink elephants are real.
  7. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Friend of Leo's

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    ...but only at Lady's Day at HEMI drag races.

    :lol: :lol:
  8. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
    my last year with the magic of belief, came with these details,
    1) my little fart would not go to sleep its now 03:00 am, so putting the presents out and hitting bed for my self was anear impossibility
    2) when she finally fell asleep at after 04:30 AM
    I snuck up stairs to the living room pulled out all of her presents and populated the tree, but all her presents had to be labled from santa , so I made up as many lables as I needed slapped them on to the edge of the fire place , and peeled them off as the gifts went under the tree, I did not notice the one lable left on the side of the fireplace ,
    I then took one of my snow boots placed it into the ashes in the fire place and made foot prints on the hearth , drank the beer lefy for Santa, and ate the carrots left for the bovine venison left on the roof.

    and retired for the one hour it took for her to rejoin the land of the conscienious, to hear squeal in joy, jumping up and down proclaiming, "Here's Proof Here's Proof, Santa is real," --- remember that one label left on the fireplace?

    she was 9 , and then the magic was gone next year. the fantasy and illusion of it all, is the magic , not the commercialism.
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  9. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

    May 5, 2015
    Just so I understand the perspective of these future "traumitized" kids; one day they may find out that their Christmas wishes weren't being granted by a strange old fat guy who breaks into their house while they sleep, but were actually granted by their parents who love them? That's the trauma these grownups want to avoid?

    Sheltering kids from disappointment does them no favors. In fact it harms them in the long run.

    Ask your co-workers what's the bigger lie, Santa? Or the illusion that safe spaces exist in the real world? LOL.
  10. dburns

    dburns Friend of Leo's

    I personally know of no one who discourages their kids from believing in Santa. My youngest daughter is 6 and totally believes. My oldest, who is 15 now, believed till she was about 8 or 9.
  11. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied Ad Free Member

    Jun 21, 2011
    This is either Sand Claus, or Obsessed, not for sure which.

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  12. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I loved all the fables I was taught as a kid.
    Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and religion leap to mind.
    Perhaps it is time to stop misleading our children.
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  13. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Holic

    Mar 19, 2014
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    Is a kind of fight against the world. But I am used to that
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018
  14. Mad Kiwi

    Mad Kiwi Friend of Leo's

    Haha, so awesome!!!!

    Part of the joy of being a kid is believing in things that aren't real or possible in a grown up world....why take that away sooner than necessary?

    Our 3 year old LOVES it, who are we to make her different / wiser / older than everyone else her age....?

    I think it is a form of self rightousness or one upmanship..."Oh your kid belives in Santa, How cute!"

    **** you hipsters! :)
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  15. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

    Jun 10, 2003
    White Mountains
    An Official Notice: I believe in Santa Claus and I'm one of his Helpers.
  16. Rayf_Brogan

    Rayf_Brogan Tele-Meister

    Dec 14, 2017
    Santa is alive and doing well. In fact, he lives in a tree in our front yard according to my 2 year old.
  17. raito

    raito Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 22, 2010
    Madison, WI
    Is Santa Real?

    Ask Virginia and Francis Church.
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  18. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    That's better footage than I've seen of Bigfoot....and we all know HE exists! ;)
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  19. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
    I donrt see the harm in bringing fantasy into a childs life especially when harsh reality will bite them in the ass , soon enough , kids will tell you when they are over their heads , between reality and fantasy,
    we Adopted our squeeker when she was one day old, her biological parents could pass for my wife and I's brother and sister, during our squeeker's developmental stages we created the Big Girl Fairy , and every time there was a land mark in developement she was rewarded from the BGF. The pros of this were it took 1 day to fully toilet train her, never wore a diaper again as an example, she is in her 20's and we are still waiting for the terrible 2's,
    but the warmth and the magic was reward enough, to steal the imagination from a child is purely wrong in my eyes.

    who cares if they color the puppy purple , its how they see the world . we gave her a cheap camera with film for her birthday when she was 5, she gained an interest in photography that is still alive today , but more important is we got to see the world through her eyes at the level of a 5 year old , and their perspective is so much different than ours, its beautiful.

    its not a lie to let your kid see the world in technicolor , the black and white comes all too soon
  20. scrapyardblue

    scrapyardblue Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Feb 6, 2007
    central illinois
    Yeah, because look how you turned out.:D
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