Did you tell your children about Santa? - Page 2
That's an interesting thought, where if the parent is lying about Santa, maybe the parent lies about other things. I would think if a parent is consistently honest, and the only deliberate non-truths are Santa and the Tooth Fairy (or Easter bunny), I would hope the child might feel a tinge of regret and move forward and realize it was intended to make it fun/magical/special for a young child.
My daughter is 5, believes in Santa, but he's a minor part of our mainly secular lengthy Christmas holiday season. Starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we decorate the house, the yard, drive around to other houses to admire lights and get ideas for our house. We bake cookies, sing songs, listen to music and talk about what presents to give the cats for Christmas. When she snuggles in each night, she tells me that her favorite part of Christmas is setting up the tree and each day she shows me her favorite ornament for the day (it varies). For us, the focus of the December holiday season is more about the activities than getting presents. She has a mental list of 3-4 things she wants - and one of them is earrings from her cousin, so only 1-2 things would come from Santa anyways. Most of it is from aunt, cousins, grandparents.
I'm wondering if kids worry that if they no longer believe in Santa, that they won't get gifts?