When Do Kids Stop Believing in Santa Clause?

When do kids stop believing in Santa Clause?

No, really – it’s a question I need an answer to.

I remember when I discovered he wasn’t actually making deliveries to my home, and it wasn’t all that earth-shattering. I was a pretty practical kid. It was fine by me, and I was around 8 or 9 years old.

But now I’m the Mom whose kids believe in Santa.

It was so easy having my wee babes learn that The Bearded Dude’s name was Santa, watch them toddle to the tree on Christmas morning squeaking with excitement, get old enough to be able to read books about the holidays on their own.

Years have passed, and we’re getting to the point that I know the end isn’t too far away. It’s got me stressed. It’s got me confused. It’s got me thinking.

Come on over to Huffington Post Parents to read my article How Long Will They Believe in Santa?, and let me know what you think. Tell me your experience with your own kids, or as a kid yourself. I’d love to hear all about it.

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  1. says

    I’ll comment here rather than there, because I seriously don’t want to come off like a troll. I do the Santa thing because my husband does, but I loathe the jolly red elf. The sooner they disbelieve the better. When Caroline was little, she thought Santa Clause was Santa Claws and thought he was coming to eat her. We had to tell her the truth before she chilled out. BUT at age five she suddenly decided to believe (WTF?). Now, of course, her brother believes because she does, and I don’t want to smash either of them but I hate hate hate the lies.
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  2. says

    We don’t do Santa here… The boys know and love him as a character but they don’t really think he comes to our house or anything. I wouldn’t want to have to figure out how to tell them later. Once in a while, my older boy will say something about how Santa does this or that, and I just say, “Yes, that’s what he did in that movie, wasn’t it?” or whatever. No judgement for the ones who want to keep the Santa spirit alive and make it all the more special. I understand that.
    My mom told me when I was four, because she was the oldest of four sisters and remembers being a middle schooler and saying something about how she couldn’t wait to find out what Santa was going to bring. She felt so humiliated and angry that her parents hadn’t told her. (Of course this was in the 70s in rural Alaska, so somehow it seems like kids could be innocent longer. ) Anyway, she didn’t want me to have to go through that and I have always appreciated it.
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  3. says

    When my kids were 10 and 6, my 10 year old came up to me, glancing furtively over his shoulder for his younger sister, then said, “Mom, I know about Santa not being real (another glance over his shoulder), but… the tooth fairy?” When I told him she was not real either, he said, “Okay, that’s what I thought, but I wasn’t sure.” I’m still not sure how he rationalized in his head that the fat man who comes down the chimney with toys wasn’t real, but a fairy that leaves money for teeth under your pillow just might be?
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