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JennaF October 22nd, 2014 12:31am

Growing up, did you believe in Santa Claus?

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Ivyra Earth
10/22/14 6:44 pm

No, I could tell it was my dad in the Santa suit.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 9:14 am

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.

suppressedID anti Gilead
10/22/14 8:43 am

His handwriting looked just like mom's.

That jolly old trickster.

10/22/14 2:33 am

And the Magi/Three Wise Men/Three Kings/Los Reyes Magos

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
10/22/14 1:53 am

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.

Brandon1995 San Francisco
10/22/14 12:52 am

Yeah, I believed in the tooth fairy too. Boy, I was really dumb back then.

Isomax TIC TOC
10/22/14 12:44 am

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.

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
10/21/14 7:55 pm

I did.

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!

asmodeus enjoying the final kalpa
10/21/14 8:34 pm

About what age did you realize the sham ?

asmodeus enjoying the final kalpa
10/21/14 8:34 pm

About what age did you realize the sham ?

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
10/21/14 8:43 pm

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

asmodeus enjoying the final kalpa
10/21/14 8:44 pm

Yeah that is an early age, did someone tell you or did you find the gifts etc

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
10/21/14 8:47 pm

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!

Arkansas123 Neoconservative
10/21/14 7:54 pm

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.

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
10/21/14 7:56 pm

Same here about books, movies, etc.. It's escapism at its finest!!

Arkansas123 Neoconservative
10/21/14 7:59 pm

I think "escapism" has a negative connotation.

FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
10/21/14 8:28 pm

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?

dudley northern Virginia woods
10/21/14 7:06 pm

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.

10/21/14 6:56 pm

No, because as a Jewish family, we did not celebrate Christmas.

10/21/14 10:12 pm

Yeah, we just have the Chanukah Zombie

Rosebud Ohio
10/21/14 6:55 pm

I did.
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.

blitz6799 Chicagoland
10/21/14 6:53 pm

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.

Shiggybythebay Proud Bay Area Native
10/21/14 6:38 pm

Yes, until I saw my grandma pay him after he delivered our toys. It was still an awesome Christmas though. I miss my grandma.

trepidhickory Ayy Lmao
10/21/14 6:06 pm

Yep sure did, in kindergarten I wanted to be Santa when I was older

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/21/14 5:58 pm

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.

PrincessPetal Austin, TX
10/21/14 5:53 pm

No, my parents tried with me but they were terrible at it and I was smart.

mikeey1962 on SOH where else
10/21/14 5:51 pm

51 yeas old, I still believe in Santa, he lives in a parents heart!

pateach2 love my son
10/21/14 5:47 pm

Yes I was pretty old too when I stopped believing.

aj1545 Cat Lady
10/21/14 5:42 pm

Never. I always knew it was my parents. The Santa Claus part was more if a wierd ritual that we all acknowledged as untrue.

10/21/14 5:39 pm

Nope, and I found it strange my friends did

susanr Colorado
10/21/14 5:34 pm

When I was very little, yes. I don't remember how old I was when I no longer believed in Santa.