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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 #41 of 160
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Originally Posted by skyastara View Post
Oh, I completely forgot about the mall santa lap sitting thing. I do not and would never consider that. My kid on a stranger's lap? nope.
Oh my gosh NO... I was making a joke b'c a poster here had accidentally written that her "DH" was made to sit on santa's lap... she meant to write "DD"... OMGoodness, sorry, I was making a little joke! I mean really, if her DH was forced to sit on some guy who calls himself Santa?... I dunno, I felt the joke.... he could be into that type of friend?? Thats for him to decide.
post #42 of 160
YES!

Santa is part of our Christmas tradition, but certainly not the most important part.
post #43 of 160
We don't do Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny because we're Jewish and don't celebrate Christmas or Easter.

I remember once Santa Claus came to my preschool. I sat on Santa's lap, and when he asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told him all the stuff I wanted my parents to get me for Hanukkah, plus the fact that I knew that Santa Claus wasn't real and he's just a man in a Santa suit but I promised not to ruin it for my friends.

Once, when I was a teenager, I was in the mall with my grandparents during December, and my grandpa (60ish at the time) wanted to sit on Santa's lap. I think my mom has the photo somewhere.
post #44 of 160

Yes

"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. "

From the editorial "Yes, Virginia" in the New York Sun
post #45 of 160
No, we don't do Santa. DS has always known the whole thing wasn't real and not because we ever told him. We just never did Santa (we're not Christian and only have Christmas to the small extent we do because there's no escaping it in our society) and DS right from when he was about 4 started talking about the guy who dresses up and isn't real.

We do have several Santa photos that DS wanted because he loves dressing up himself. So he puts on a costume (one year it was a full Santa costume - beard and all) and we go stand in line at the mall and have his photo taken. I guess he feels the guy dressing up must be a kindred spirit.
post #46 of 160
ds has been absolutely smitten with Santa (or ho-ho as he calls him) ever since he was a year old. Christmas is his absolute favorite time of the year. We have to go see Santa at least 5-6 times during the month of December and ds usually likes to chill out on his lap and give him toys for at least 15 minutes if no one else is in line. Heaven forbid some other kid is in line, we have to go get back in line, and try to keep ds from having a fit! He always asks to watch Christmas movies and walks around saying "ho-ho-ho" sometimes.

So yes, Santa is a staple in our house.
post #47 of 160
We do Santa at our house, and have a lot of fun with it. Santa is not a huge part of our celebration, but something we all enjoy. Santa leaves stockings and one present. I also do NOT go for making my kids sit on a mall-Santa's lap.
I think our favorite part of "Santa" is tracking him on Norad (my oldest got a huge kick out of this last year) and leaving carrots and oats outside for the reindeer.
post #48 of 160
Try as we may (and we have for5 years) Kailey will not let us tell her santa doesn't exist. I think she knows (logically) that he doesn't, but she likes to pretend, so we pretend with her.

This year we have been talking about Christmas as beign the time to celebrate our faith in Christ and his birth, life, sacrifice.

Santa is just one "fun" aspect about the holiday, but no more important tht hot cocoa- wait that IS the most important aspect. Um, ok Santa is no more important than green and red ribbon- uh, candy canes? no peppermint. Sugar plum faeries?

Of fart, he is definitely no more important than waking up early on xmas morning!
post #49 of 160
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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.
We are very strong, concertive Christians and our faith is a daily part of our lives

However -- yes we do Santa -- with much joy and excitement. We also have a 9 foot blow up penguin and a very nice wooden nativity. I love the holidays, i love the excitement -- DH says he married a 6 year old.

NO Santa is not the reason for the season, but he is part of the joy and majic of a child, and a momma's christmas. if you read a lot of the Santa history and literature -- he is based on an idea of charity and of course a Saint in service. Not a bad thing to teach my children about, IMO.

We read the night before chirstmas -- Grandpa reads it to us all.

we put out cookies and reindeer food (outside). and the cookies have to be MADE and the reindeer food made, then we get to eat the left overs and the making then is time for talking and old family stoires (and a time for my aunt, the cookie and candy person, to spend with my kids telling of my grandparents who they will never know -- aunt and my grandpa use to make all the candy -- now my aunt will do it with my kids.... family carries on. it is a time for my aunt to get to really know the kids she only sees 2 or 3 times a year)

we also read the birth of Christ out of Luke and go to service.

we talk about the joy of the season, the excitment of waiting or the Christ child, and the importnace of giving to others and of chairty. it is a way to make complex concepts child-freindly. it is pretend and fun.

It is not lieing -- it is celbration and family tradition. and really, as they grow, they will learn there is not one santa, but that we are all expected to be santa to soemone all year long. that is also why we put a lot of time and effort in to the family DH's office adopts each year -- making THAT prep as big a deal as the prep work we go for our own family and freinds.

Santa bring his own gifts, not the really awsome stuff, in santa paper (each kid gets differnt paper).....

When i was little, we had christmas at our house on Christmas or Christmas eve each year, depending on which day my mom had to work. Santa came on teh right day -- mom and dad told me that he could only get to 1/2 the house each night, so he took turns year by year with who he saw what night, and mom worked the other so the other moms could be off on the right day too. worked for me that is what is so cool -- it is moldable to fit each family. Like Santa found us at my grandparents the year our heater died on the 24th.
post #50 of 160
Other: DD1 (4) knows already from hearing other people talk last year about the idea of Santa. She knows it's a fun pretend game others like to play. She just told me a few days ago she wouldn't mind playing the Santa game this year.

So, what we are planning on doing. Each child gets three small gifts in our family (usually a book, a small toy, and a piece of clothing). We are going to make the combined gift for all three to share (some wooden train set pieces I've been collecting off of craigslist) from Santa.

BUT, we will not tell our kids it is anything other than a fun game to pretend and play and dream about.
post #51 of 160
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Originally Posted by cdnmom View Post
I voted other because we, my dh and I don't talk about Santa, I mean Jesus is the reason for the Season. The only way that we explain the archtype of Santa is that he represents the three wise men and their gives to Jesus.
Technically... Jesus is the CHRISTIAN reason for the season. Yule is just as valid, as are any number of the feasts that traditionally happened at that time of year.
post #52 of 160
We're in the "no" camp. I remember feeling pretty horrible that my parents lied to me when I discovered the truth and am not comfortable lying to Adam about it either. Besides, he ends up with so many gifts that anything from Santa would be beyond overkill.
post #53 of 160
Yes, we do Santa here and I hope dd will continue to believe and help make things magical for her siblings for a long time to come. Growing up my family of origin did not do Santa, the Easter bunny or the Tooth Fairy and I really wish they had. My dh on the other hand has very fond memories of Santa and when he was older helping his parents keep Santa real for his brother, dh is 10 years older then bil. If it weren't for Santa and everything else we tie in with him we would not do anything on Christmas. We have our spiritual holiday on the Solstice. My dh even surprised me last year and made that extra special.
post #54 of 160
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Originally Posted by MaterBum View Post
Other: DD1 (4) knows already from hearing other people talk last year about the idea of Santa. She knows it's a fun pretend game others like to play. She just told me a few days ago she wouldn't mind playing the Santa game this year.

So, what we are planning on doing. Each child gets three small gifts in our family (usually a book, a small toy, and a piece of clothing). We are going to make the combined gift for all three to share (some wooden train set pieces I've been collecting off of craigslist) from Santa.

BUT, we will not tell our kids it is anything other than a fun game to pretend and play and dream about.
That sounds like an EXCELLENT way to approach it, for those who don't have religious reasons to avoid Santa (either not celebraring Christmas at all, or keeping the focus on Jesus' birthday.) "Let's play the Santa game this year."
post #55 of 160
no. we are jewish.
post #56 of 160
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dh on the other hand has very fond memories of Santa and when he was older helping his parents keep Santa real for his brother, dh is 10 years older then bil.
this is a big thing too

in our family i am the oldest of the grandkids, by almost 20 years over the youngest -- so it becaomes a real rite of passage when you are part of keeping the Santa "story" alive for the yonger ones ... when you are the one sneaking outside to remove and stomp on the reindeer food for the yougner ones to find and so on ..... my oldest DN is only 8, he is starting to see logical holes in Santa .. but soon we will pull him into our camp and he can keep the magic alive for teh younger ones.

The memories are no less special to be the one playing santa to be the one "seeing santa" and in some ways i think they are better -- i can't wait to see the light in Theo's eyes this year as he really starts to get it. there is a real joy in giving him that joy and wonder --

Aimee
post #57 of 160
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Originally Posted by Pynki View Post
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.
That's what my mom did too. And she STILL is Santa, even though I'm now married with my own child, and clearly understand that a fat man dressed in red does not park his sleigh with reindeer on the roof and sneak down our gas fireplace.

We'll do Santa in the same light - as a state of mind, instead of the whole fat man coming down the chimney thing. Honestly, I think that part is silly, and don't ever remember being told, at least not by my parents, that that's actually what happened.
post #58 of 160
Although DH & I are not completely in agreement on this, we will be doing Santa. It's just part of Xmas tradition. I do think we may tell DD it's for pretend, and we also think Santa may not bring big gifts, but more unusual things like playdough recipes or something. Oh, and there's no way in hell we're doing that "You have to be a good girl..." bit. We still have time to work out the details, fortunately.
post #59 of 160
yes we do guess we are in the liars group!
post #60 of 160
We don't do santa. We do celebrate the birth of Christ with a few gifts for the DCs tho.
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