I miss those days of being Santa! We set one gift out unwrapped under the tree after she was fast asleep on Christmas Eve. It was usually a gift from her "Santa List" that she really really wished for. Those Christmas mornings were the best!!
Santa brings one gift. we brign the rest. Chloe already knows santa isn't real. She had a nervous breakdown and couldn't sleep knowing the creepy man she hates at the mall would be coming into our house when we were sleeping.so yeah.
We don't do Santa. We feel it best to not mislead our kids about a old man coming down the chimney and leaving gifts. (We also don't do the Easter bunny.) Of course, they will be aware of those characters, but Christmas gifts come from mom and dad. I've heard before that kids might also believe that Christ is just another feel-good fake character. I would rather not perpetuate the myth of Santa, and help my kids develop a lasting testimony of Christ. Don't know if that is really true ('cause my parents did Santa with me, and I believe in Christ as a true Savior.) I'm just not feelin' the whole Santa thing. (Sorry...I'm rambling, because I don't want to come off as being a jerk about it all.)
We do all the gifts from us, except one large family gift which is from santa, and then the stuff in the stockings is also from santa.
The old fashioned way. My youngest is nine. I keep wondering when he is going to figure it out but I don't tell him b/c I don't want to ruin things this close to Christmas. Both for his sake and mine. Maybe I'll tell him around Easter when he's ten the way my twin sister did to me. I don't think I have quite forgiven her for that,yet. Oh, the quandary!
When my kids start asking if Santa is real, we talk about the world's view of Santa (a fat man with flying reindeer and elves) vs. Saint Nick who really lived and gave gifts to poor children in the Spirit of Christ. We will always believe in "Santa," just not the world's view of him. Just as we believe in Christ and his teachings but maybe not in the same way everyone else does. That makes sense to my kids. As for gifts, their biggest and best gift is from Grandma and Grandpa (they make Christmas possible) and then anything that is too hard to wrap (and content of the stockings) is from "Santa." by the way, Santa is very practical. He always brings new toothbrushes/toothpaste/flossers and clothes. : )
I downplay it a lot and I'm not even sure what my kids think about it. I think he's more of an idea at our house than an actual being. I also don't do the "you won't get presents if you're bad!" because who follows through with that, honestly? Everyone gets presents because everyone is good in some way. I'll punish them with something else.
Santa brings one present plus stocking stuffers. The cool stuff is from us. And we probably spend about $100 - $120 total for each kid (Santa and stuff from us).
One gift and stocking stuffers. The santa gift is unwrapped near the tree on Christmas morning. My eldest is 10 this year, and she still believes. I am not going to ruin it for her, she'll figure it out soon enough.
Everything we give is from Santa. Some is wrapped, some is not. I don't take credit for anything, because honestly...I just don't care.
My parents didn't do Santa at all but we've opted to do it with our kids. My 2nd child started asking lots of pointed questions when she was I think 7, so after Christmas was over (my husband made me wait) I told her and my oldest son the truth--but also that the idea of Santa is true--someone working for Jesus to bring toys to kids--because adults make it come true. At that point I think both she and my oldest had still believed, but didn't mind being let in on the secret, which they are supposed to help keep for their younger siblings. It was interesting, though, how for months after that my daughter kept forgetting and referring to Santa as real. I think she still wanted it to be real.It's interesting to me that (based on the sampling here) a lot of people have the stocking stuffers be from Santa--that sounds hard to me. Usually one or two main gifts come from Santa at our house and the rest is from Mom and Dad. And we got permission from the Easter Bunny to do the stockings because a) to me the Easter Bunny myth is even weirder and more implausible than Santa and b) keeping one big secret per year was about enough for me.My husband and I are on the inside track with Santa so we're able to tell our kids about his methodology: for example, Santa doesn't always give kids huge amounts of the most expensive gifts because he doesn't want kids to be spoiled, and he probably won't give my 6-year-old the Barbie with the video camera because he knows the idea is cool but he also knows the camera is poor quality and she'd just end up disappointed in the end.
Oops, I mean we got permission from the Easter Bunny to do the *Easter Baskets* (obviously).
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