- I never believed43% (16)30% (9)37% (25)Vote
- 7 or less years old5% (2)20% (6)12% (8)Vote
- 8 years old16% (6)7% (2)12% (8)Vote
- 9 years old11% (4)13% (4)12% (8)Vote
- 10 or 11 years old14% (5)10% (3)12% (8)Vote
- 12 or above years old0% (0)7% (2)3% (2)Vote
- I STILL BELIEVE11% (4)13% (4)12% (8)Vote
Most Helpful Girl
I feel like I always knew, but the one time I brought it up my mom said "Santa doesn't give presents to children who don't believe in him", so I shut up about it lol.2
Most Helpful Guy
I think my parents did a good job of handling that. If there was a cool gift to get me, something I wanted, they said it was from them. Santa got me socks, underwear, maybe the occasional goofy little tricket; that sort of thing.
I still get gifts from "Santa." I'm also friends with a few Santas, so I really know Santa.
I think it was a slow kind of realization; I handled it well, and it was easier and less of a big deal because it wasn't the end of cool presents, and Santa wasn't the one who did it anyway.
I don't know how I would handle Santa as a parent. I think it would be a combination of A) the cool gifts come from US, not Santa (like my mom did) B) It's fun to pretend, and not meant as some serious "uber-lie" meant to shock and insult 10 year olds. I think I'd explain it as wanting a kid to have a little pretend magic in their lives. But if someone who is younger wants to believe, and it's not hurting them or others, you don't dash their hopes like that.1