1. “I kept thinking, ‘Can I somehow segway into ovulation?’, because things were going downhill fast.”

    This is…the summum bonum of blog asides.

    We haven’t really had any of these discussions yet and they’re overdue for some of my kids. I have never directly stated that Santa is really but I started chilling out about the whole thing a few years ago.

  2. Anonymous

    We did Santa with my oldest and he was devastated when he realized it wasn’t true. He berated us for hiding the knowledge from him. He felt lied to. So, when his little sister came along, we decided to nix Santa and go with the story of St. Nicholas on his feast day and celebrating Christmas as Jesus’ birthday. However, my girlie had far different plans. She decided Santa was indeed a real guy…there was no St. Nick or Jesus’ birthday for her! So much for trying to do the right thing :)

    • kmantoan

      Wow, I wouldn’t have seen that coming! I think one of my big fears is she’ll think start questioning way too much now and assuming all the wrong stuff is made up. If I had only had time to plan this talk!!

  3. We “do” Santa and St. Nicholas….both of them being the same person, I guess. I think my older 2 have figured it out, but they’re willing to just play along as part of the fun. I won’t ever have them help with Christmas Eve stuff, though. The magic of getting up to a pile of presents is tres awesome, regardless of who put them there!

    But my fave Santa-isn’t-real story comes from my grandma- they were super, duper poor when she was little and when she found out that Santa wasn’t real and it was just her parents, she sobbed in relief because all along she had thought she was just too naughty to get the things she put on her Christmas list. Isn’t that so precious? Love her…

    • kmantoan

      Honestly, I was relieved with the lack of interest on her part in helping with the Christmas Eve set up. I had offered it as a “being Santa is just as fun as believing in Santa” gimmick to cheer her up. Had she accepted the offer, it would of seriously cramped the current drink wine/scotch, reminisce and act mushy routine my husband and I currently engage in every year (while wrapping and putting out presents of course.)
      Sweet story too!

  4. Anna P

    We celebrate St. Nicholas’ feast day. The kids put out their shoes or socks, we’ve done both. They know the story of how St. Nicholas was very generous and that in honor of that Mommy and Daddy give them little gifts that night.

    Christmas is all Jesus’ birthday. There is no Santa in our house and when little old ladies ask our kids about what they want Santa to bring, they get blank looks in return. The kids LOVE Christmas. I was a Santa believer and was afraid when we decided not to do Santa that the kids would be missing something. But they aren’t. They love Christmas for the pure and simple fact that it is Jesus’ birthday, oh and probably a little bit has to do with the gifts. We also do a couple of small gifts on Epiphany to celebrate when Jesus actually received the gifts from the Wise men.

  5. Anonymous

    Well…..I was a Choir Boy scheduled to sing with the boy’s choir at Midnight Mass (Extraordinary Form) in 1961 and having heard “noises” the prior year I told my folks that I KNEW there WAS a Santa Claus…it was the TRAIN sounds that convinced me.
    When I woke up from my mandtory “nap” about 10:00 and came downstairs ans saw EVERYTHING in the Living room — Tree, Train, Gifts, Stockings, etc. — I looked at my Dad and then at my Mom with “that look” kids can get and said, “Well, THAT solves that!!” I was annoyed but THEY were grinning like the Chesire Cat from Alice….then OFF to Mass.

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