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#1 asdf89

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:01 PM

Just read this article on Jezebel

'Look, if you think you're 10-year-old still believes in Santa Claus, you are stupid. Or maybe your kid is. Take your pick. Sorry (not sorry), but those are your only options. Because if your tween is telling you that they consider an overweight man circumnavigating the globe on a flying sled that somehow manages to fit billions of dollars' worth of gifts for the millions of children living in the millions of homes he must visit in the span of one evening as being a completely plausible endeavor, then there's seriously something not right with that kid.'

Any thoughts?

BTW I believed in Santa until pretty late... maybe even 10  wacko.gif but I blame my older sisters who always seemed to find ways to explain why the presents I found in Mum's cupboard ended up in my stocking, to make sure they kept getting Santa presents too haha

#2 EsmeLennox

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:03 PM

I think 10 year olds who still believe in Santa would be quite rare, but children do develop at different rates, so it's certainly not impossible.

#3 mum201

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:05 PM

Hmmmm I can't imagine many kids who would believe past the age of 8.....

#4 *BluePinkie*

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:10 PM

My 8yr old is borderline at the moment. I am sure he is not saying anything as his 5yr old sister still believes.

#5 RealityBites

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:11 PM

My mum insists she believed in Santa until she was 14. She is a little naive ..

#6 threelittleones

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:13 PM

my 10 year old still believes....think it will be our last year though...

#7 Quack Quack

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:16 PM

My youngest is 6, and he tells me now that Father Christmas isn't real cos the kids at school told him!

I don't really mind, we have never made a huge deal of Santa in this house... more like a bit of a laugh.

#8 asdf89

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:17 PM

QUOTE (Rawr @ 11/12/2012, 07:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I thought it was hilarious if you don't take it too seriously shrug.gif

Oh I thought it was funny too. I just thought since the target of the writer's rage was mummy bloggers trying to shelter their kids it might stir up a bit of EB rage in response ph34r.gif

#9 cas8cas

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:17 PM

My son is 10 and he still believes original.gif and I will let him believe for as long as possible

Kids grow up way too fast as it is original.gif

#10 Divine 35

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:20 PM

I believed till age 12, but maybe i am a moron  unsure.gif laughing2.gif

Edited by Divine33, 11 December 2012 - 06:20 PM.

#11 bizikids

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:25 PM

My 12 yo ds still believes original.gif

#12 eachschoolholidays

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:31 PM

My brother and I prentended to believe so as to continue to receive Santa presents

#13 HubbaBubbaMumma

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:32 PM

QUOTE (threelittleones @ 11/12/2012, 07:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
my 10 year old still believes....think it will be our last year though...

+1 and my DS 12.5 is borderline. I don't mind, as long as they're happy who cares!

#14 taffy19

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:36 PM

I hope my children still believe at 10. I love the Santa side of christmas, I love seeing the magic on their faces.
I think I will be a bit sad when they don't.  My youngest came home the other week telling me some kids in his reception class told him he wasn't real. He came to the conclusion they were lying

#15 Julie3Girls

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

The tricky part is working out if your child actually still believes, or not.0

I'm pretty sure my 11yr old knows the truth, but she's not going to admit that to me. original.gif She enjoys the whole Christmas experience, and is definitely the sort to insist she still believes.

#16 asdf89

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

For those of you with kids 10+ who still believe:Do your kids get teased about still believing in Santa?Do other kids at school tell them he's not real?Do you think (even a little bit) that they know he's not real and just keep stringing you along to get the extra pressies?

#17 skylark

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

I absolutely, totally, unquestioningly believed until I was nearly 11. I was far from a sheltered child, and I'd like to think I'm not stupid, but I did have a vivid imagination and a family full of storytellers who valued fantasy and imagination games very highly. I only stopped believing because I saw a Benji christmas special on TV where Benji's owner met the "real' santa and said something like "but I thought it was just my mom & dad!" and that planted a seed of doubt, and then that night I woke up when my stepfather was bringing my santa presents in as I had asked for a hula hoop with ball bearings in it (was the hot toy that year) and the sound of the ball bearings woke me up, and it was all over.

I have no idea how long my son will believe in Santa for, he's probably 5 times as imaginative as I was, and absolutely loves any kind of story or game, so he might hold on for longer than average too.

#18 BadCat

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:51 PM

What a charming bit of drivel.

It's nothing more than "Parenting - you're doing it WRONG" 101, laced with a bit of smug "I was so advanced that...".   yyawn.gif

#19 VintageEyes

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:52 PM

QUOTE (cas8cas @ 11/12/2012, 06:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My son is 10 and he still believes original.gif and I will let him believe for as long as possible

Kids grow up way too fast as it is original.gif


I can't believe some people tell their kids when they are 6. Given most kids only start understanding santa at age 3...thats only 3 years of childhood magic. Why bother with it at all?

They have a whole adult lifetime of dissapointing and stark realities, let them enjoy the magic for as long as they want.  Childhood is all too short these days.

#20 SnazzyFeral

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:52 PM

I believed until I was ten or so because Santa always bought gifts that my mother told us repeatedly she couldn't afford and wouldn't get us even if she could. Santa also came to grown ups in my house so not believing didn't mean that gifts stopped. We all still get Santa stockings and we are in our late 20s

#21 EsmeLennox

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:55 PM

I don't think not believing in Santa means childhood has ended...

#22 WinterIsComing

Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:02 PM

I think I was 11.

I came home from school and said to Mum, "I can't believe so and so trying to tell me there is no Santa, he probably just doesn't visit them!"

My mum sighed and said:

"WinterIsComing, your breasts are growing, I can't have you believe in Santa any longer"

I was shattered. To be fair, there was no Internet in those days, and my family always had an elaborate routine of presents "magically" appearing, as well as having my uncle dress as Santa and show up on Xmas eve. I would always tell him afterwards: you missed Santa again!

#23 cward

Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:49 AM

The tricky part is working out if your child actually still believes, or not.0

I'm pretty sure my 11yr old knows the truth, but she's not going to admit that to me.  She enjoys the whole Christmas experience, and is definitely the sort to insist she still believes.
  this is probably my 10yo as well.  Last year she asked me at every opportunity if I was Santa but this year she hasn't said anything.

Whether they believe or not I still like having the illusion of Santa, I still put something under the tree from Santa for myself (at least  I know I am getting one thing I want).  My kids get their main present from us anyway and they will still get a Santa sack full of little things even when they stop believing in Santa because I love doing the sack.  I love Christmas and I want to make it a magical day for my family.

#24 auntpriscilla

Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:57 AM


Edited by Willoughby Chase, 01 February 2013 - 12:49 PM.

#25 Carmen02

Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:58 AM

I have a 10yr old and Im not to sure if she believes she has asked many questions and I have answered that you believe in what you want to believe in and that made her happy, i wont lie to her but keeping the magic alive is wonderful. my 8yr old totally believes he has special needs so has his issues and to be honest I want to tell him before someone at school tells him as i dont think he will cope so I think it will be his last christmas totally believing.

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