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View Poll Results: Santa Claus: yes or no
Yes 164 61.19%
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Other (not sure of what an other might be, but I'm sure someone has one!) 29 10.82%
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#151 of 160 Old 09-21-2007, 04:53 PM
 
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We kind of do Santa (voted 'other').

Santa brings one gift (unwrapped) for dd, and fills the stocking.

Other gifts are labelled as to who they're actually from.

We're a bit eclectic in our celebrations: I'm a non-practicing Catholic, current agnostic, dh is pretty much atheist, but we both enjoy pagan rituals.

So yeah, a bit of everything gets tossed in - mass with my mother, Christmas Eve secular bonanza at the inlaws, Solstice celebrations at our place...

Dp and I intend to answer any questions about Santa/Christmas spirt gently and honestly, along the lines of 'What do you think?' and go from there...

I was eleven or twelve when my parents finally had to break it to me that they were Santa, and boy was that a tough convo! I never once held it against them though, I just remember being in awe that they were so good at what they did!!

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We kind of do Santa (voted 'other').

Santa brings one gift (unwrapped) for dd, and fills the stocking.

Other gifts are labelled as to who they're actually from.
That's us, too, except that the gift from Santa is wrapped.

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No, because
1) I do not want to ever tell my children something I don't believe to be true.
2)I think it takes away from the Christ child story.
3) I think it's deplorable when people use the Santa card as manipulation.
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I voted no. We're Jewish.
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3) I think it's deplorable when people use the Santa card as manipulation.
I'll just add that, as someone who has been doing Santa for 14 years, I completely agree with this. I hate the "be good or Santa won't come" crap and all the rest of it. If you're going to jerk your kid's Christmas out from under them, then at least admit that you're the one doing it. One of the most heartbreaking things I ever saw was when a couple of ds1's friends from school came over, and ds1 was showing them the stuff from his Easter basket...and one of the girls said to the other one, "yeah - he got stuff, but the Bunny didn't come to our house, because you were bad"... ...and the other little girl apologized to her sister.

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I completely agree with this.

Santa or no Santa, religious significance or no religious significance - Christmas is a very special time for my family, and I know we're very fortunate to have each other.
yes, definitely!
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I'll just add that, as someone who has been doing Santa for 14 years, I completely agree with this. I hate the "be good or Santa won't come" crap and all the rest of it.
Agreed!!

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Yes and no. We are not actually talking about Santa ourselves, but we do read books that have Santa and Ds has seen some cartoons that have Santa. We may occasionally ask something like "Do you think Santa will come? What do you think Santa might bring you?" I don't want to lie, but I guess I'm trying to slip by on a technicality.

We are going to the IL's for the holidays, so we will have to see what they say. We may float like this for another year before explaining it as using our imaginations.
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we are not Christian and won't be doing santa and have not celebrated xmas in years. my partner is agnostic and i am panthiest. i voted other and not no because we have our own holiday we celebrate every year that we made up called t-rex day and because i like the idea of santa that a magical being brings presents and i like the idea of giving presents anonymously we do those things but not with santa instead my partner and i make something up every year that would be funny to say had snuck into the house and left gifts and thats what cards are signed with when my child is old enough i will ask my child to make up something to bring gifts and to be part of that. the first year it was t-rex who snuck into our home and left gifts which was fun and is why we call it t-rex day. the other big thing about t-rex day is that the gifts are small and are ideally hand made. we also have a "buying holiday" which means we wait for sales that happen after xmas and after new years and get one big fun thing for the whole family or a big thing we all need. i hope that soon we can et a piano for the buying holiday but probably not for a few years this year we will probably get something less expensive and more needed maybe something for the kitchen.

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My kids know Santa isn't real, but Santa is still part of our Christmas celebration. They watch the TV shows about Santa, we have Santa books, the presents in their stocking are "from Santa." They know we're pretending, but it's still fun.

That's what my parents did. Same with DH. So it was a no-brainer for us what we'd do about Santa.

Santa is part of the cultural celebration of Christmas. I see no reason to cut Santa completely out of the picture. But I'm not comfortable with lying to my kids no matter how fun it is. I think we've found a happy medium.

I kinda wish Santa was real.
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