Growing up, did you believe in Santa Claus?
No, I could tell it was my dad in the Santa suit.
I really upset my mother I was very young when I figured out it was not real. It just wasn't very logical. I think a slight four.
His handwriting looked just like mom's.
That jolly old trickster.
And the Magi/Three Wise Men/Three Kings/Los Reyes Magos
My mom and I were discussing this a couple of weeks ago. She says I've always been a realist in a lot of ways, and I never believed in Santa or the Tooth Fairy or the Easter Bunny. My sister, however, desperately wanted to believe in all of them.
Yeah, I believed in the tooth fairy too. Boy, I was really dumb back then.
I was never caught up with the Santa thing. I always knew that Christmas was a time for family to do the best for each other in a seasonal way. Santa was part of the decorations and embellishments of the holiday.
Of course I did.
No, just Jesus.
Apparently I found out the truth at a younger age than most. Lol. I was also told it didn't phase me one bit. I always knew I was skeptical!
About what age did you realize the sham ?
I learned the truth at about 7-8 yrs
Please understand I was the baby of the family and my brother are 3 & 5 years older. I'm sure part of that is bc of them. Lol
Yeah that is an early age, did someone tell you or did you find the gifts etc
I don't exactly remember.. I'm guessing my older brothers forgot to pretend. Who knows.. Didn't scar me or anything and I didn't say anything. My mom said believing is the magic of Santa and my friends needed that magic a bit longer!
No, but I went along with it because I liked it.
It's the same thing people do all the time -- reading a novel, watching a movie, playing a video game, or going to a haunted house -- i.e., suspending disbelief for enjoyment.
Same here about books, movies, etc.. It's escapism at its finest!!
I think "escapism" has a negative connotation.
Not in my world :) it's voluntarily leaving daily grind behind and entering someone else's creative mind.. Ppl claim vacation is an escape, why can't a book be an escape?
We didn't have a lot of chimneys in my town and I realized that population numbers of the world made the whole story logistically infeasible.
No, because as a Jewish family, we did not celebrate Christmas.
Yeah, we just have the Chanukah Zombie futurama.wikia.com/wiki/Chanuka_Zombie
For my kids I'm taking a different approach, there's a Santa but he appears different to every kid. Along with some other related stuff.
Nope - and that's why my super-unobtainable-impossible-longterm goal is to BECOME Santa Claus! I can grow the beard, put on the weight, and move up north. I just need to take some toy making classes.
Yes, until I saw my grandma pay him after he delivered our toys. It was still an awesome Christmas though. I miss my grandma.
I don't remember ever believing in him.
Yes, I did.
Yep sure did, in kindergarten I wanted to be Santa when I was older
Yes. He even brought me nothing but coal one Christmas, and had me convinced it was all I deserved. Years later, learning the truth felt like a double betrayal.
No, my parents tried with me but they were terrible at it and I was smart.
51 yeas old, I still believe in Santa, he lives in a parents heart!
Yes I was pretty old too when I stopped believing.
Never. I always knew it was my parents. The Santa Claus part was more if a wierd ritual that we all acknowledged as untrue.
Yes, until maybe I was 8.
Nope, and I found it strange my friends did
When I was very little, yes. I don't remember how old I was when I no longer believed in Santa.