What?? Santa’s Not Real?

by Trisha-and-Amy on May 11, 2011

It’s Trish…

Oh wow, I had a huge conversation with my 11 year old while on the chair lift skiing last month. Or, I should say, my husband did. I was not happy!

Our oldest daughter is 11 and really had never questioned Santa. Of course he’s real, she’s the oldest of three, why would she think differently?

Well, she straight up asked the question to my husband…”Dad, is Santa real?” I mean , I get it, I would be stumped by this question. But my answer would be: ‘You have to believe to receive’.

Or I’d lie with a straight up “Yes honey, he’s real”. In my mind, that’s the magic of Christmas.

But No……..he says. “Only in spirit”…..WTF?? Really? ‘So there’s no guy that comes to the house….no North Pole?’. I had tears in my eyes. How can this conversation be happening? I’m not ready for this!

Eric and I had a long conversation about this. I was so upset. How could we have had such different answers?

He calmed me and reminded me that she was almost in middle school. It’s time for her , when she asks, to know some of these realities. I’m still not sure I agree, but it has made me think about the next few years of her life. The decisions I will have to make and that honesty, not my protective nature may be the way to go.

Not sure.

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Tania May 17, 2011 at 4:09 am

My son is almost is 10 in July 2011, he still believes in Santa. Recently he questioned the Easter Bunny, so, perhaps, December 2010 was the last year of Santa? I say : If the kid wants to believe then let her / him.

mrhartley November 16, 2012 at 11:21 am

Well you do realize if the child dose not ask you but knows the truth but pretends to belive they can control their grown up ness and choose to put off adualt hood for there whole young life

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