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Do your kids still belive in Santa?

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Pineforest1 Sat 04-Nov-17 13:31:20

hey, my husband is saying we should not keep lying to our kids about Santa? I ordered this on the internet and he went mad: youtu.be/e3sf3pHDc1I

at what age do you think you should tell your kids about Santa?

Lostflipflop Sat 04-Nov-17 13:38:56

My ds is 7 and totally believes and is very excited about Christmas.

My dd is 10 and although she says she believes I suspect that she doesn't but is afraid she won't get presents if she doesn't.

I think I knew for sure he wasn't real at about 8 or 9 but I still went along with it for quite a long time!

DonkeyOaty Sat 04-Nov-17 13:42:23

We just used NORAD. None of this newfangled spenny stuff. Plus who wants to actually SEE a random man in a red suit creeping round their home? Mine would likely have been freaked out.

I dunno, maybe 8 or 9?

scrabbler3 Sat 04-Nov-17 13:45:47

Year 6 (age 10/11), but more likely Y5.

PurplePillowCase Sat 04-Nov-17 13:46:31

we never 'did' santa.
so no, dc don't believe.

we tell them though that it is a game to pretend and not to spoil it for other children.
but generally, when dc are around 7yo they question things around them, become aware about thd fact that there is a grotto in every shopping area and how does santa manage that etc...

Justbookedasummmerholiday Sat 04-Nov-17 13:51:30

Dd 10 confessed she doesn't but agree to keep it up for ds 8+ds 3. And for me!! grin

dementedpixie Sat 04-Nov-17 13:52:01

Ds questioned from age 6 and we told him the truth at age 8. Don't know about dd as she never gave much away

apostropheuse Sat 04-Nov-17 17:27:03

My children were 7 or 8 when they worked it out and I did confirm the truth when they asked. My grandson started doubting at 7 and knew the truth by 8. Lots of the children in his year at school stopped believing then too.

whimsical1975 Sat 04-Nov-17 17:58:29

DS12 knew by the time he was 10 but questioned it before then... DD10 is questioning this a lot, I think she knows but is waiting for me to admit it. I tell her the same thing I told DS, we can all believe in whatever we choose in this life so believe in whatever makes you happy - I tell them both I still believe in Santa and it's the truth... "he" brings so much magic to this time of year how can "he" not be real? smile

elQuintoConyo Sat 04-Nov-17 18:56:48

My 6yo still believes. My friend found out at 15yo and was devastated!

Annwithnoe Sat 04-Nov-17 19:13:07

I think there comes a point where you have to support them in figuring out the mystery, otherwise you run the risk of them being the laughing stock of the classroom.
I think the video is going a bit far.

Dailystuck71 Sat 04-Nov-17 20:35:06

DS knew last year aged 8.

KC225 Sat 04-Nov-17 20:49:06

I have twins. My DS questioned it at 8 citing why are his presents from Santa wrapped in the same paper that I bought in Ikea. If only he paid that much attention in other areas, last year age 9 he didn't believe. His twin my DD did believe last year age 9 and was concerned for her brother I heard her saying 'but can you really take the chance he is not real, because I am not sharing' This year she doesn't believe.

RupertsMum2 Sat 04-Nov-17 21:55:29

Ds3 is 11.5 and still believes in both Santa and the tooth fairy. I can't remember what age ds1 and ds2 were but were definitely quite old. I think this will be his last year of believing. If he hasn't worked it out by himself I will give him some hints before he starts secondary school in August.

louise5754 Sun 05-Nov-17 08:27:54

Mine believe at 5 and 7.

Dd1 school friends have said he's not real and I've said he is.

In worried they may pick on her or call her names.

I told her the tooth fairy wasn't real and she was horrified so I've managed to persuade her I was joking 😬

I'd i did tell her I know she would tell dd2 that he isn't real.

I don't remember being told. I'm quite worried now. Maybe this will be the last year they believe 😢😢

Isadora2007 Sun 05-Nov-17 08:38:09

Ours haven’t ever thought he was real and know it’s a story. We have said that other people do believe though as their parents tell them so they are not to talk about it much. That seems to have worked. We also tie in the idea that people believe different things and it’s inportant to respect that and it’s ojay for people to think differently from them.

I hate hate hate the idea of those bloody santa-cams that spy on kids to report back to santa. And in fact hate any of the Santa being used as a blackmail tool in the run up to xmas... so very against the Christmas spirit surely.
Most of the kids around 8/9 here seem to know he isn’t real.

millimat Sun 05-Nov-17 22:12:24

DS is nearly 11. We had a chat the other day and after big hints from me he said he knew it was just me. He'd known for a couple of years he claims. I think it was more like a couple of minutes blush
DD was also 11. I love the magic but think they need to know when starting high school.

goose1964 Sun 05-Nov-17 22:56:01

Yes and she's 25

December11 Sun 05-Nov-17 23:23:15

DD is 8, almost 9 and still firmly believes. She was asking me the other day to remind Santa that she'd prefer if her Elf on the Shelf just stays downstairs, she doesn't like it when he goes upstairs. Very innocent and excited about Christmas.

Financialconund Mon 06-Nov-17 10:08:55

my 10 year old knows, but hasn't said anything, she seems happy to go along for one more year, when she was younger 5,6.7 and she asked me about if its real i was able to be vague and bat it off. She has not said " I dont believe" the smirk on her face when i said she needed to ask FC for something told me all though smile

If she asks me now I will tell her.

HamSandWitches Mon 06-Nov-17 10:17:13

I'm gutted, non of mine do now after the teens spoiled it for the 9yr old.

Dd - Mam Santa's not real you just buy everything, wrap it up and put it behind the fridge.

Me - No I don't, don't be silly

Dd - Yes you do, DSis told me so I had a look and it's all there.

Me - Well I've got to take it to the santa drop off point and he brings it back if your good.

Shes not buying it.

Sittinonthefloor Mon 06-Nov-17 10:22:28

Dd was standing next to woman in a shop, woman said to herself "these would be good for stockings" looked at dd and said "ooops". Dd has only just told me this said story! She was most indignant at the woman's stupidity! Worse dd then came home and googled to double check! Dd was 8, Dd was 6. I was quiet surprised as I thought the worked it out years ago! Believing beyond about 8/9 is a bit hmmimo. But then people believe lots of odd stuff god.

fucksakefay Mon 06-Nov-17 22:20:10

7 yr old is clearly suspicious this year. Totally bought it last year.

10 yr old I think still (just) believed at 8 but probably not at 9 but we haven't discussed yet. However this year I'm going to ask her to help me spread the magic as she loved doing this for the Easter bunny (I never "did" the Easter bunny for her as it was never a thing when I was growing up but her younger sisters heard about bunny at school later on so she helped me play along)
Youngest is 4 and I'm enjoying the magic, but she's soooooo switched on I don't think she'll believe for long

chronicallylate38 Mon 06-Nov-17 22:24:25

my DD asked me (she's 7) if the children in malawi get presents from Santa too. I had a really hard time with that one! I can't imagine us getting through next Christmas with her believing so this one will need to be special!

expatinscotland Mon 06-Nov-17 22:28:11

Neither of mine. DD2 will be 12. DS is 9 but he has Asperger's and just proclaimed one day, 'I know there's no Santa and it's just you and Dad buying gifts.' But they still pretend.

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