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Believing in Santa

Rediscovering Santa Claus

Mike Cruse | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Mike Cruse

Why do I ever need to tell my son Santa isn't real? Who am I to make that decision for him? And furthermore, what if I'm wrong?

Dear Daughter, Always Believe

Jenn Delekta | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Jenn Delekta

My dear daughter, I know one day you will not believe in the man in the red suit, but for now you do and I choose to believe with you.

Why The Whole Family Benefits When Kids Believe In Santa

Jacqueline Woolley | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Jacqueline Woolley

Children are empowered by feeling that they have figured it out by themselves. Upon making the discovery, they become part of the adult world; they are "in on the secret" and can derive even more emotional benefit by being given a role in keeping the myth alive for their younger siblings.

To My Daughter On The First Christmas She Doesn't Believe In Santa

Sarah Dille | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Sarah Dille

I thought I'd be sad when we talked about presents and you knew they'd all be bought by me. But that isn't what has happened.

Santa Guilt

Miranda Gargasz | Posted 12.12.2014 | Parents
Miranda Gargasz

He feels like the magic of Christmas was stolen away. I feel like my little boy just lost the last thing that made him a little boy. He mourns the loss of Santa Claus and so do I, for vastly different reasons, but leaving us both with this hollow space inside.

Heartbreaker

Marcia Liss | Posted 12.10.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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The Sweatpants That Saved Christmas

Stephanie Giese | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Giese

I still remember covering my mouth with my hands because I couldn't help the gasp that escaped my lips when I saw that he was really real.

When The Truth About Santa Gets Out...

Jennifer Breheny Wallace | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Breheny Wallace

In finding out the truth about Santa, could my little boy be figuring out the real magic of Christmas?

Why I Don't Plan on Telling My Kid About Santa

Tina Donvito | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents
Tina Donvito

If Santa is your family's cup of tea, go for it. It's just not mine. And I think Christmas is pretty magical without it.

Doing The Santa Wrap

Cort Ruddy | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

As shocking as it may be to some, there exists a whole population of families for whom Santa does not wrap his gifts. Don't believe me? Start asking around.

What My Mom And Daughter Taught Me About Santa

Maria Rodgers O’Rourke | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Maria Rodgers O’Rourke

How could we have fostered this fantasy, all the while knowing one day we'd have to tell them otherwise?

The Myth Is Over, But The Magic Remains

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Kelly Suellentrop

We will still make lists, still bake cookies, still receive gifts. The only difference is that now she knows her dad and I are the ones checking those lists, eating the cookies, giving the gifts.

Why I'm OK With My 10-Year-Old Still Believing In Elf On The Shelf

Scholastic Parent and Child | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Scholastic Parent and Child

Now, she is 10 years old. A fifth grader. None of her friends believe in Santa anymore. My husband and I struggle with how long to keep this up.

Why It's Healthy For Kids To Believe In Santa

Posted 12.20.2013 | Parents

By: By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer Published: 12/20/2013 10:38 AM EST on LiveScience Spoiler alert: This article contains information suggesting ...

A 9-Year-Old's Reasons For Believing In Santa

Carissa K | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

Here, in my son Jack's words, are the top reasons why Santa is real.

What I'm Not Ready To Lose This Christmas

Denise Ullem | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Denise Ullem

Although the edges of this last Christmas of innocence are slightly tarnished, I will soak up every gift which unfolds.

Santa Might Be a Super Spy

Carl Pettit | Posted 02.01.2014 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

When your child wonders why the Santa at the mall isn't the same as the one at Walmart, explain human cloning.

The Myth of Santa

Caren Chesler | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Caren Chesler

Eddie had been saying, "San-ta! San-ta!" all week, but now that he was face-to-face with the man, he just sat there and said nothing. He didn't look particularly happy, and yet he didn't look particularly sad or frightened. He simply sat there as if Santa's lap was a chair like any other.

The Truth About Santa

CT Working Moms | Posted 02.23.2013 | Parents
CT Working Moms

He is not someone who lives at the North Pole, makes toys, drinks hot cocoa and hangs out with elves, flying reindeer and Mrs. Claus. But he is real.

Santa -- And The End Of Innocence

Tom Cramer | Posted 02.21.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Time stood still. The whole room was shocked, especially Santa, and he quickly made his exit. I heard my Dad talking to him outside before coming back in to deal with me. It was his best friend, a man who had always been wonderful to me. It was the end of innocence, and I was ashamed.

Yes, Katie, There Is a Santa Claus

Maureen Anderson | Posted 02.12.2013 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

I shine as a mom when it comes to difficult conversations. Where do babies come from? No problem, though I'll never forget the her horror as she came to the conclusion, "I suppose if that's what I'd have to do to get someone like me, I would." The "Santa Talk," however, was different.

How Long Will They Believe in Santa?

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 01.27.2013 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

It's easy to decide which magical lies you'll introduce to your kids. What's tough is keeping up with those lies, especially the ones that add the all-important magic factor to Christmastime.

Is Faith In Santa Genetic?

AP | CONNIE CASS | Posted 02.22.2012 | Parents

WASHINGTON — Why do kids believe a chubby guy in a flying sleigh can deliver joy across America? Because their parents do. A whopping 84 percent...

A Post-Christmas Meditation on The Santa Lie

Lisa Wade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lisa Wade

What experiences have you had with the Santa lie? Why have you chosen to lie or tell the truth to your children? Do you think you did the right thing?