Poll: Belief in Santa Claus


#1

So, how was it for you when you were a kid?


#2
  1. But, as with most things I got over it. I am a very emotional person. That being said, I think it would have been REALLY REALLY sad not to have believed and strongly feel that if we ever are blessed with kids we will have Santa as part of our Christmas traditions.

#3

I swear I am not really sure how she did it, but my Mom successfully conveyed the idea of there being a Santa Claus with St. Nicholas and the spirit of giving…so somehow, I believed, then I gradually grew to know he was originally a Saint and we could pray for and with him and then that Santa Claus represents the idea of the spirit of giving. I do not ever remember having any kind of specific talk with her about it.


#4

i was upset and felt lied too. i don’t plan on making a big deal about santa so that it is really down plaid and my kids hopefully won’t feel the same.

on a side note i did ask my parents when i was younger why we had to give toys to the poor and did that mean that poor kids were bad because santa gives toys to good kids


#5

I believed in him, but through common reasoning as I got older I began to piece out the truth and doubt his exsistence. So when I was told it wasn’t to much of a big deal for me.


#6

[quote=Aurelia]So, how was it for you when you were a kid?
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I still believe in Santa Claus!


#7

I answered for me (did not believe, turned out okay)… my son DID believe, and in a big way - he was also convinced that I was an elf and after he went to sleep, I went to the North Pole to assist. Creative child, yes.

He stuck with the Santa belief a bit longer than some kids, most likely because his mom was an elf so there had to be a Santa (duh). He realized it was fantasy the Christmas he was in 2nd grade - he had just turned 8. He was not devistated, he was fine with it (and relieved that mom was not an elf…)


#8

[quote=kage_ar] He realized it was fantasy the Christmas he was in 2nd grade - he had just turned 8. He was not devistated, he was fine with it (and relieved that mom was not an elf…)
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:rotfl: I will have to remember this technique.


#9

[quote=kage_ar]I answered for me (did not believe, turned out okay)… my son DID believe, and in a big way - he was also convinced that I was an elf and after he went to sleep, I went to the North Pole to assist. Creative child, yes.

He stuck with the Santa belief a bit longer than some kids, most likely because his mom was an elf so there had to be a Santa (duh). He realized it was fantasy the Christmas he was in 2nd grade - he had just turned 8. He was not devistated, he was fine with it (and relieved that mom was not an elf…)
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Anyone ever read JRR Tolkiens “Father Christmas Letters”? He kept them going for decades! They were written for the benefit of his children and, like most of his work, a great deal of talent was behind them. Some years, he would even get the postman in on the act, and have them delivered! Other years, the letters would be found in the fireplace grate, alongside snowy footprints, etc.


#10

[quote=spacecadet]on a side note i did ask my parents when i was younger why we had to give toys to the poor and did that mean that poor kids were bad because santa gives toys to good kids
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The correct answer to that is: Santa is a saint. If he isn’t doing something that needs doing, it is probabably because God wants to leave something for us to do.

Even if you had never believed in Santa, wouldn’t you still have the problem that God blesses some more than others? You can’t hide this obvious truth from children for very long.


#11

i just rememberd a funny story. i was teaching Kindergarten and I had a student that no longer believed in santa and i had to tell him not to tell the other kids. than he was at writing center one day and was telling kids about the “Chore Fairy” who comes and leaves money under his pillow when he does chores. another girl informed him there was no such thing as a chore fairy and he ran crying to his mom who washelping at the art center. i laughed so hard. i couldn’t get over how a kid that didn’t believe in santa would believe in a chore fairy

also i think that there needs to be balance with the easter bunny, tooth fairy, santa, etc…because i don’t want my kids thinking that Jesus isn’t real either. that is why i won’t really make a big deal about it.


#12

Believe in Santa Clause?? Shhhhhh! I AM Santa Clause!


#13

I beleived in Santa . in fact i still do:

***The New York Sun, first printed in 1897. ***


***We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun: *******


***Dear Editor ***


***I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon ***





***Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. ***


***Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. ***


Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.


#14

My answer wasn’t really there. I believed in Santa Claus (I always associated him with St. Nicholas) and I was disappointed when I realized the truth.

But ‘disappointed’ is not even close to meaning the same thing as ‘devastated’.

I tell my kids that Santa IS real. …as is St. Peter and St. Francis and St. Barbara and Bonaventure and St. Anne and…


#15

U mean he is not real;)


#16

[quote=Gwyn]U mean he is not real;)
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No, he’s real. It’s the press he gets that’s off-base.


#17

[quote=ILO]Believe in Santa Clause?? Shhhhhh! I AM Santa Clause!
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I KNEW IT!!!


#18

Peace be with you.

When I was a kid yeah I was taught in Santa as being a sort of actual person and when I reach a certain age figured otherwise.

Then after I became a Catholic I realized that he was real after all. A real saint in the true meaning of the word. I believe he is still at what he started out to do in the world by praying for us to follow his example in the sharing of God’s love and gifts.

We teach our kids that he is real. We do tell them the differances in the fictional beliefs and the non-fictional ones as they can understand the differances. Each according to their abilty to understand.
There is a differance in believing in superman and a real saint.
Niether are bad examples, but the one you can show how we are all one family in communion with God.

Even as adaults and we think we fully mature in understanding truth ,yet we must remember that the more we learn of God the more we realise how little we actualy know. We are all still as children in the eyes of God and He explains thing to us according to our ability to understand.

I for one believe in Santa Clause
Ron


#19

My parents wanted to have me believe in Santa Claus. Neither one had had this custom in their families, & thought it would be neat for me to have this fantasy.
The first thing I noticed was that there were an awful lot of "Santa"s everywhere…(No, I did not buy the “helpers” line; I said, “they’re all make-believe”).
So Daddy bought a Santa suit, dressed all up, & “came to visit”…I took one look, and announced, “You’re not Santa Claus, you’re my father!”…“Santa” collapsed :rotfl: laughing on the living room floor. They gave up.
I’m glad. I think the whole idea of Santa is creepy, frankly. I mean, you try to teach kids to be careful of strangers, and then you make them climb up on some :eek: stranger in a:eek: costume??!!? Am I crazy, or is this not the wrong message??? (Like, “strangers are OK, if they’re disguised”??)

Why not just do as some have said, & teach about St Nicholas? (I heard about him when I was growing up, & I’m not even Catholic!) Now, there’s a :thumbsup: good idea!!


#20

I mean, you try to teach kids to be careful of strangers, and then you make them climb up on some :eek: stranger in a:eek: costume??!!? Am I crazy, or is this not the wrong message??? (Like, “strangers are OK, if they’re disguised”??)

:amen: i hope to avoid the whole sit on santa’s lap thing with my kids!!!1


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