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    Cyburbian Seabishop's avatar
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    Santa is Not Real

    Growing up in a Jewish family I never had the experience of finding out that Santa wasn't real. How old were you when you discovered that your parents were pulling your leg about Santa? Were you heartbroken, embarrassed or pissed off? Did you wonder what else your parents were lying to you about?

    ps - Santa told me that anyone who turns this thread into a religious/anti-religious flame war will get coal in their stocking.

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    I always doubted the existence of Santa simply because I lived in a second floor apartment without a fire place. How was Santa going to get in? Through the porch?? Plus, my mom never really emphasized Santa too much and my older brother loved to debunk myths (as evidenced by stealing the car keys and discovering a plethora of unwrapped toys in the trunk, hence further proving that Santa did not exist).
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    Quote Originally posted by Planderella View post
    I always doubted the existence of Santa simply because I lived in a second floor apartment without a fire place. How was Santa going to get in? Through the porch?? Plus, my mom never really emphasized Santa too much and my older brother loved to debunk myths (as evidenced by stealing the car keys and discovering a plethora of unwrapped toys in the trunk, hence further proving that Santa did not exist).
    We had a magic golden key we would hang on the doorknob so Santa could get in. My mom made that up when we moved to Arizona from Oregon to a house without a chimney. It worked on my daughter too until she was about 7.
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    When I was in 2nd grade my twin brother and I accidently found a bunch of bags from the toy store, filled with a lot of the stuff we asked santa for for christmas. My dad wasn't home, and my mom was sleeping in, or something. I don't remember. But we had climbed onto chairs to unlock the door to the sunroom, for some reason, and there they all were. We sat in there and played with the toys for awhile, before realizing what was going on. The rumblings we'd heard about parents buying the toys must be true. We packed everything up the way we had found it and my brother made me promise to not let my parents know, or they'd be disappointed. Christmas morning we faked surprise as we opened each present, and there were a few we didn't know about ahead of time, so that was nice. But, after opening everything my brother broke down and came clean. My mom cried and laughed at the same time, but ended up explaining to us how we had to make sure our younger cousins believed, cause that is part of the fun.

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    Much like Planderella I'd pretty well figured it out on my own quite young. When my mother broke the 'news' to me (and we're talking several months ago) it was merely confirmation. FWIW Mrs. Maister reports she was crushed when she heard the news about Santa.
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    WHAT????

    Thanks for ruining my Christmas, Seabishop. Guess I don't have to wait in line at the mall next year.

    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    When my mother broke the 'news' to me (and we're talking several months ago) it was merely confirmation.
    Sorry to hear that, man. At least I got to enjoy one last Christmas before I learned the secret. How could Mama Maister be so cold?

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    I don't remember the age, but I recognized the handwriting on Santa's 'Thank You' note for the milk and cookies we left him. Dad handwriting was very distinct.
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    Don't remember if I have told this story here or not but,

    My brothers were much younger than I and when I had my daughter my youngest brother was asking questions about Santa. I told him that at the hospital after we had babies there was a special parent class where they taught us about santa and the easter bunny and the tooth fairy. He bought it hook line and sinker.
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    I don't remember exactly how old I was, but one year my Mom had me help put stuff in the stockings, including my own, and hang them up. It wasn't tramatic or anything.
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    Two older brothers... I knew by age 3. My parents were not particularly pleased with them.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    Tim Allen isn't Santa Claus???
    I'd be more apathetic if I weren't so lethargic.

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    Hmmm can't remember exactly when my brother told me but I think I was around 8 or so...

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    Growing up, we only got one present from Santa each year and the rest were from Mom and Dad, so I don't remember ever learning or caring that Santa was a fraud. My aunt, however, is still mad that I broke the news to my much younger cousin when I broke the news -- "can you say mythical?" when she was about 3 or 4. Ooops.
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    Daddy was a preacher man... No Santa, ever.
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    My sister is a year older than me. When she figured it out, she couldn't wait to tell me. I was pretty indifferent about it. I remeber thinking, "yeah, that makes sense"

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    I was probably 8 or so when my sister told me, but we kept quiet so our parents would still think we believed. I don't remember being crushed or anything. At least we had the sense not to tell our little brother.

    I continued the ruse with my son. One year I opened the fireplace screen and stuck little bits of felt (like from Santa's suit) on the screen. He fell for that. Fatboy next door who was 2 years older had been hinting there to him that there was no Santa. And of course putting the cookies out at night and just finding crumbs on the plate in the morning.

    I was real good at disguising my handwriting to be Santa or the Tooth Fairy.

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    I did not grow up being told Santa was "real". So my heart was never broken over this.

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    I point blanked asked my mother when I was 7. I was not surprised but was rather upset that my parents were lying to me. If they would lie to me about Santa what else were they lying about?
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    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon View post
    If they would lie to me about Santa what else were they lying about?
    The stork.

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    Santa isn't real?
    Trying to get my grubby hands on as much stimulus money as I can.:D

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    While the person (elf) Santa may not be real, the joy the concept of Santa brings to children is very very very real. I was a Santa one year and the joy just the sight of me brought to children was priceless. Their eyes light up with pure joy.
    "And all this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. " - Leo Tolstoy

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    I dont think anyone ever told me, it just kinda came together but I still played along and still do. There are still gifts marked "santa" for Steve and other family members. Its fun and no one ever owes up to who gave who the nice gift it just happens. Kinda the odd Secret Santa for my extended family.

    Heck I get flowers and gifts from the dogs (with their own rather odd handwritting) so we like playing such games.
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    I found out in Sunday School that the church my family attended. I was about 6 or 7 at the time. I ran upstairs and told my mom about it and she was not happy about it.
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    Quote Originally posted by Budgie View post
    While the person (elf) Santa may not be real, the joy the concept of Santa brings to children is very very very real. I was a Santa one year and the joy just the sight of me brought to children was priceless. Their eyes light up with pure joy.

    I was Santa one year as well... i was never asked to do it again after the "incident"

    I was working for a very small town and was "asked" to help man baricades for the Christmas Parade on a Saturday morning. So i am standing in City Hall drinking a cup of Coffe with the Manager and Public Works Director. The Mayor comes in and he is in a panic because the guy that had played Santa was at home in bed sick. So the Manager and Public Works Director do the whole "not it" thing and the mayor hands me the suit and a two buckets of jolly ranchers. So i suit up and hop on the back of a pick up truck and take my place in the lazy boy recliner. I am having the time of my live, tossing the candy to the kiddies. Then my thoughts went dark when i saw the town's evil sign contractor, who i busted one night after a planning commission erecting a sign in the dark of night hoping nobody would notice. So i tossed a few candies toward the edge of the street and when he took the bait i pegged him in the head.

    Fast Foward to the following monday; he came to city hall loaded for bear. He was ready to kick santa's butt but he did'nt know who santa's helper was. He question the City Manager who refered him to the mayor who when asked where he could find santa replied the North Pole.

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    I was also Santa’s little helper one year. I liked the little girls sitting on my lap.

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