How do I explain the different Santa's every year?

Reply Tue 24 Dec, 2013 08:39 am
PinkLipstick wrote:

However, there's a flaw in her belief. Next year, when we take her to see her favorite, or "real" Santa, he is sure to look different, since they get a different person to play him every year, right? That brings me to the question; How do I explain the different Santa's every year?

You explain that when she asks about it. Looks like you've got a year to not worry about it.

Maybe they don't get a new Santa at the White House every year. Maybe the same person has been playing Santa for a long time. If there is a different Santa there, how do you know she'll remember enough about his face from the age of 5 and 6 to say "this isn't the same person"? From what you said, it looks like the "proof" to her is more about the fact there was a workshop there.

The reason there is a flaw in her belief is because she (right now) believe in something that isn't real. It's inherently flawed because it involves telling her untruths to get her to keep believing.

If there were proof, it wouldn't be called "believing."

Are you saying the word believe means there is no proof?

I believe the planets in this solar system revolve around the sun, and that water and wind erosion formed the Grand Canyon. I believe water droplets in the air, and the sun shining on them at just the right angle, compared to where I'm standing, form the beautiful colors of a rainbow.

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Reply Tue 24 Dec, 2013 10:00 am
With my own kids, I went with the Santa's helpers explanation. As for her
assurance that she knows which one is real, I'd tell her I just didn't know.
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Reply Tue 24 Dec, 2013 11:05 am
chai2 wrote:

chai2 wrote:

One year my brothers were with me, but they were too "old" to sit on Santa's lap. My mom wasn't in sight, so I told them I knew that wasn't Santa, and the whole thing was stupid. Proving my point, they both got pissy with me, telling me that the Santa there was one of "Santa's helpers"... I was like "yeah, sure" Rolling Eyes

I think I was about 5 at the time. I know by the time I went to school I didn't have to pretend anymore.

I was about five when I figured out that Santa wasn't real. Since my parents were divorced that year, my sisters told me to fake believing that Santa was real when dealing with my father when having our second Christmas of that year.
Reply Tue 24 Dec, 2013 11:13 am
huh, I understand what you're saying tsar.

When a child is ready to unbelieve, but has to fake it, that can be quite stressful to the child, for the sake of the parents, to make them happy and feel like they are raising a carefree, willing to believe anything child.

I think we adults have a built in forgetter as far as remembering how savvy little kids are, and how they are capable of putting two and two together.
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Reply Tue 24 Dec, 2013 01:03 pm
No idea when I stopped believing in Santa or the Easter bunny or other supposed items. Maybe always. Of course when living over a synagogue it's kind of hard to sneak Santa in so that may have been the start of it.
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Jack of Hearts
Reply Tue 24 Dec, 2013 01:09 pm
As very young children grow, they become more keen in discerning fact from fantasy. They also develop constructs such as being skeptical. Having older siblings may hasten thinking such as this, and I find that sad. Most children under seven do not need a keen sense of skepticism; yes, soon, later they will.
PUNKEY wrote:

I always used the "real pretend" response to these Santa questions.

The Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Santa, and now the Elf on the Shelf.

I wonder how the Christian parent expect their children to believe in the concept of Jesus when they also hang on so dearly to these fantasy figures?

What's a kid to believe?

Let him believe his heart; we do, let him. Is it that important to make him know that all goodness comes from God, and only God when he's just a toddler? A time will come when he 'bites the apple', and begins to know good and evil, (beyond right from wrong). Only by then will he grasp the construct of salvation. He already been to church, he's heard of Jesus; then it will be time to introduce him to Christ, the Redeemer.

Hey, if you don't want your child to believe in Santa, nip it right in the bud. Have him bah-humbug from the start, and denounce the commercialism from the get-go. But, IMO, that's no way to raise a Republican.

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