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Is there a cut off age for believing in Santa? justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
14th Dec '12

Is there are age that is "too old" for believing?
Is there an age when you would decide to tell a child the truth?
I hear a lot about people talking about a child being upset when they hear the truth. Do you think there is a better way or better age to tell them that avoids that feeling of disappointment?

♥Sami [better off] Due August 7; 1 child; 1 angel baby; La Vergne, TN, United States 3099 posts
14th Dec '12
Quoting justanothamotha:" Is there are age that is "too old" for believing? Is there an age when you would decide to tell a child ... [snip!] ... they hear the truth. Do you think there is a better way or better age to tell them that avoids that feeling of disappointment?"


I think there are better ways but the age depends on the kid. I had an idea Santa wasn't real when I couldn't sleep one night and my Dad came in and took my tooth out from under my pillow. I was like "NOOOOOO! Does that mean Santa isn't real?!?!?!?!?! :cry: " Then it got solidified when my sister took me upstairs and said "If you get this for Santa for Christmas you know he's not real." Jerk... -.-

[Shelly&Dexter]-29weeks! Due July 3; 1 child; 1 angel baby; London, United Kingdom 3735 posts
14th Dec '12

I never got told he wasn't real. just figured it out over time and I was never disapointed. Maybe that's becasue my dad still dresses as santa every christmas day? lol. Love that man! :)

Jax 3 kids; Sydney, NS, Australia 2888 posts
14th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting justanothamotha:</b>" Is there are age that is "too old" for believing? Is there an age when you would decide to tell a child ... [snip!] ... they hear the truth. Do you think there is a better way or better age to tell them that avoids that feeling of disappointment?"</blockquote>



My daughter will be 8 in January. She still believes, but I think she might have a little inkling that he isn't real. I'm not going to tell her, I think il wait until she comes out and ask about it. We tell her though.....if you don't believe, you don't receive.

justanotherchicken Alabama 2402 posts
14th Dec '12

I worked it out because the tags were in mums handwriting lol
I didn't tell mum i knew though so that Santa would keep coming lol

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
14th Dec '12
Quoting Mum-of-2:" I worked it out because the tags were in mums handwriting lol I didn't tell mum i knew though so that Santa would keep coming lol"

I worked it out based on pictures & wrapping paper. All the Xmas pics were in 1 album & every year the Santa paper would show up the following year as paper for random gift giving. I was 9. I was quite sad. Kids at school had told me already, but I didn't believe them.

M walls 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7267 posts
14th Dec '12

This year my daughter is starting to question santa.... but she has 2 teenage siblings so that doesnt help

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
14th Dec '12
Quoting Misty Walls:" This year my daughter is starting to question santa.... but she has 2 teenage siblings so that doesnt help"

How old is she?
(My 5 yr old did not question me but did tell me he thinks it is make believe - I just listened).

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
14th Dec '12

I figured it out myself because of the handwriting but pretended to still believe because I didn't want to upset my parents :oops:
My little brother was told this year, he's 10. He was a little upset but his parents also told him they are divorcing like 2 weeks before.

♥Love♥ TTC since Jun 2013; 2 angel babies; California 5132 posts
status 14th Dec '12

I liked that I was never told and just figured it out. I though was in denial for years because I liked the idea of Santa so much lol so I tried to come up with excuses for every inconsistency in the story. I have a little brother, I tried to help him believe for as long as possible.

M walls 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7267 posts
14th Dec '12

She will be 7 on saturday. I think i was around 8 or so but i was the oldest child. I figured it out when i "accidently" found some presents in my parents closet. That were from Santa:(

user banned 3 kids; Ontario 10942 posts
14th Dec '12

Yes I believe kids should no longer believe by the age of 5. Its my opinon and no one agrees. But thats ok. My kids are 10 and 4 and dont believe and havent since they were both 3 yrs old.

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
14th Dec '12
Quoting crazy coupon lady:" Yes I believe kids should no longer believe by the age of 5. Its my opinon and no one agrees. But thats ok. My kids are 10 and 4 and dont believe and havent since they were both 3 yrs old."

Just curious - but why not "since age 3"? I think it takes most kids until 3 just about to even kind of "get it"as an idea, like talk about Santa...

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
14th Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting justanothamotha:</b>" Just curious - but why not "since age 3"? I think it takes most kids until 3 just about to even kind of "get it"as an idea, like talk about Santa..."</blockquote>



!!!!
Did they know to keep it a secret for other kids? We are religious so we don't want to put a big emphis on Santa but I don't want her to ruin it for other kids either.

Mama Rice 34 kids; North Las Vegas, Nevada 11980 posts
14th Dec '12

Santa does not wrap presents in my house or put tags on it, each kid has a chair they put in front of the tree for Santa to put their present on. I figured it out when I found the tags that said Love Santa (my parents were kinda genius though, my dad wrote the ones for my neighbor and their dad did for us) in an envelope hidden by my dad's chair (yeah I was snooping, but not for Christmas stuff, that is where my dad hides the candy he thinks no one knows he buys-even now he does LMAO) and I was 8, but I didn't say anything. I had a little sister.