Katy parents discuss why they do or don't tell their kids that Santa Claus is a real person.
KATY MAGAZINE | December 2017
Compiled by Katy Magazine Editors
Yes! He's a key part of the Christmas season...
I feel as though yes, Jesus IS the king and Christmas is a recognition of that. However, Santa is a key part of Christmas for my family as well because Santa exercises the abstract idea of "believing in something we can't technically see". Santa therefore practices "faith" in the child's mind so that in the future, understanding God's word is much more enjoyable and believable. The reason most of us christians view that as a great thing is because we get to see kids grow closer and closer to Jesus. - Valerie via Instagram
I have no idea what you mean by “real.” Unless of course you mean “real mad” cause you don’t believe. Wow. Way to end up on the naughty list. - Kristin M.
I️ still tell my kids that Santa is real and they are in their 20’s now. I️ still put From Santa on their gifts. I️ love it. - Reader via Instagram
Yes, it is a family tradition, and we enjoy the happiness of our kids that evening after dinner. Now I’m mom, and I want my daughter lives the same illusion and emotion that I lived when I was child. - Daniela via Instagram
Yes! Loved believing when I was young. Hummmm....I still believe! - Debbie S.
Our youngest still believes. Our older boys don’t. It makes me glad that the older boys go along with “Santa” for the sake of our youngest son. They do know the meaning of Christmas and what the spirit of Santa represents. - Wendy via Instagram
When mine were younger we let them believe. Believing in the magic is fun and something all kids should experience. They are only little for a short time so enjoy it while you can. - Angie W.
Yes and they are 25 and 29 if they still want presents they believe! - Ellen H.
NO! Why deceive your children?
No our family has never done it. I have 4 kids 2 are adults now. I wanted them to know the true meaning of Christmas which is Jesus Birthday! As a child who had parents do Santa know matter how much I learned the true meaning all I could focus on was Santa! I did not want that for my kids.. and if you ask them now they are thankful I taught them the truth. - Brandi via Instagram
The one thing you don't want your children to do is lie to you. So why do you start lying to your child at such a young age. I dont want my children thinking they have to be good for a man who delivers toys once a year. Be good for me all the time. My kids know I'm Santa, the easter bunny, the tooth fairy. When I found out my parents lied to me till I was 8 it hurt a lot. - Krystal M.
We've always done the Santa thing, and I have a friend who once asked me "where the line was" between when they find out Santa wasn't real, and how they're gonna feel about God after that. "Because Santa is a benevolent, loving man that you can't see, but have faith that he exists...sound familiar?" I have to admit that at first it sounded stupid but when she put it that way, it kind of worried me. I definitely don't want my kids questioning their faith in God because they get disillusioned over Santa. So I guess we'll have to break the ice. - Amber L.
It's up to the kids...
I tell them he is real as long as you believe.... and that some parents have to pretend for those children that stop believing. It really depends on my kids. They keep believing at my home so real Santa keeps coming. - Reader via Instagram
If they believe, then he is real. - Maria H.