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Santa Claus: yes or no?

Poll Results: Santa Claus: yes or no

 
  • 61% (164)
    Yes
  • 27% (75)
    No
  • 10% (29)
    Other (not sure of what an other might be, but I'm sure someone has one!)
268 Total Votes  
post #1 of 160
Thread Starter 
And why or why not?
post #2 of 160
Yup we do Santa. We grew up with him and wish to pass the tradition down to our children. We teach that Christmas is a time for family and charity.
post #3 of 160
We haven't done Santa yet and my boys are both still young. I guess if we're going to do it we'll do it this year. To me it isn't super important either way (weird I know), dh and I will probably talk about it the closer we get to Christmas.
post #4 of 160
Yes there is a Santa at our house... However, he just puts candy canes on the christmas tree, and brings the stockings. No way am I letting a fat old elf get credit for our hard earned money. If it fits in the stocking, Santa brings it. Otherwise... nope.
post #5 of 160
My theory is "Santa brings socks" I was raised with Santa and my husband was not. We are Christian so we will be hopefully raising our child with a different focus on the holiday....but it's difficult to cut all of the cultural references out. So, Santa can come and bring socks and the other smaller gifts, while any large gifts will come from family. We'll see how it pans out as she gets older.
post #6 of 160
Other.
Have not given it any thought.
post #7 of 160
We don't do Santa. To us that's not what the holiday is about. We're Christians and we choose to focus on the birth of Christ instead.
post #8 of 160
yep
post #9 of 160
Yup. Because its fun. Some of my most vivid memories are of early christmas mornings sneaking down with my brothers to see what Santa brought us. Something amazing about that possibility that all your dreams could come true.
post #10 of 160
Yes. I think magic is wonderful

-Angela
post #11 of 160

i dont have kiddos yet but...

i have such fond memories of Christmas and Santa! i want my kiddos to have a piece of that
however, my mom never ( that i can remember) used Santa in the "bad" way (i.e. "you better be a good girl or Santa will not come and put you on the naught list") i truly hope to be the same way
post #12 of 160
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lovebug View Post
i have such fond memories of Christmas and Santa! i want my kiddos to have a piece of that
however, my mom never ( that i can remember) used Santa in the "bad" way (i.e. "you better be a good girl or Santa will not come and put you on the naught list") i truly hope to be the same way
We had friends who had a son that Santa "didn't visit" one year because he was "bad" during the Christmas Eve service at church :
post #13 of 160
No. To me, that would be lying. I have never liked Santa anyways. Actually the whole American Christmas thing is rather unappealing. There are other ways to make Christmas magical.
post #14 of 160
Quote:
Originally Posted by lovebug View Post
my mom never ( that i can remember) used Santa in the "bad" way (i.e. "you better be a good girl or Santa will not come and put you on the naught list") i truly hope to be the same way
My parents never did that either.

I voted no.

I clearly remember being very skeptical of the whole thing from a very early age. My parents kept trying to 'keep the magic alive' or whatever, and I eventually (at age 4) had to basically trick them into giving it away. I did not enjoy being lied to, I felt betrayed and tricked and etc.

I don't lie to my kids. I think there is plenty of magic around that is not fictional. A butterfly from a brown dried up thing that used to be a caterpillar? Now that is magical.
post #15 of 160
Thread Starter 
The lying thing is what gets me...Santa is fun, but I can't imagine lying to them for fun, you know? This is a case where I believe "to each his own"... I don't think there is a right or wrong answer.
post #16 of 160
No. I don't want to lie to my kids. I remember pretending to believe in santa to make my family happy. I've heard too many people say they were angry or sad when they found out the truth. I've heard people say that it takes away the magic if you don't do santa, but I want my children to know the real magic of Christmas - the kindness of people, the way it changes people for the good - even if it's for a short time. Besides my kids have witnessed birth - or as we say in our home - true magic!
post #17 of 160
I voted that annoying other. : I never believed in Santa (confirmed by my mom). She said Santa was an "idea" but that we were never told that he brought gifts. I'm not sure I agree with that since my brother believed in him. Anyway, she completely went over board with our stockings. We had three foot tall stockings that were FULL.


* WARNING - The following is just my own rant
Over the past couple of years I have struggled with what to think of Santa/Christmas now. I am not religious. I am not close to my family and this year I may not get together with family simply because it is a holiday. I do not want a holiday family. If my family does not want anything to do with me the rest of the year, why would I want to get together on what should be a special holiday? I would like to find something special to DH/me and go from there. Last year the stockings were hung, but we used them to put a couple of gifts from each other. We kept it very small. I am much more comfortable with that.
/rant

I'm not sure what we will do by the time we have children.
post #18 of 160
Quote:
Originally Posted by goodheartedmama View Post
We had friends who had a son that Santa "didn't visit" one year because he was "bad" during the Christmas Eve service at church :
that is so sad

i dont see it as a lie IMO... i see it as imagination and allowing it to wander

but i can see how it would be viewed the other way... to each their own i right
post #19 of 160
Yes, with hesitation. We were not going to, and my dd picked it up all on her own. My grandparents encourage it. For their sake (the kids and the grandparents who are very old and precious to us) we are going to do it. But we are not going overboard with it, either.
post #20 of 160
Yes, but only because of the magick of the season and tradition that was passed down from my grandmother. Santa doesn't get credit for really awesome gifts or anything like that. He writes a really personal letter that the kids usually figure out is from me when they're around 7 or 8. (I've been doing it for years, did it for my cousins when they were younger) He leaves little touches around the house.

Santa evolves here. One year he couldn't find a pen and he borrowed the computer instead and left the letter on Wordpad. Then he changed all the screensavers on the 3 computers to alternate red and green and said christmasy things on them.

We do change some things, like we don't actually call it christmas. We call it Yule and we do celebrate Yule.So we do quite a few things for the winter season.
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