I have dreaded the time when our boys would start to ask this question.

It really amazes me that they still believe In Santa (at 11, our oldest boys age, I certainly didn’t)….although they are quite puzzled by what the other children say.

Just tonight Mr 11 was telling me that his friend at boarding school knows his Mum just buys his presents and that he thinks that Santa isn’t true. Then came the question….”Is he true Mum?”…now, I don’t like to fib, but this is a tricky one.

The answer that fell out of my mouth was ‘what do you believe?’ We then had a discussion about believing in things we can’t see….heaven help his religion teacher next year, he’ll probably bring up Santa as a fine example of believing!!

He concluded he knows Santa is real but the Tooth Fairy is not!!

One downside to boarding school – he told me he left his tooth in a cup for a fortnight beside his bed and nothing happened – darn!

To me the true magic of Christmas disappears once you know Santa is not real, because until then you are breathless with excitement at the thought of his appearance, you can’t wait to leave out the beer and carrots, and each year you will try to stay awake to catch a glimpse of him…..

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!!  I hope Santa finds you…..



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  • In our house as the kids are getting older we say well if Santa is not real then he would not bring gifts so at this stage they all still believe

    • I am 3 years older than my brother. The first time I asked Mum the question her reply was “I don’t know”. The next year I told Mum I knew he wasn’t real etc. She just told me not to tell my brother so it didn’t spoil his fun. Let them have fun – they grow up too fast as it is.
      I know somebody with 2 small children (the youngest was 17 months) who used red coloured chalk and cornflour mixed with some glue and water and painted shapes on the cement driveway that looked like reindeers’ paws. and some browny colour lines for the sleigh. They put out buckets of water for the reindeers and carrots with the tops still on them -they eat them with the skin on. The next morning all that was left of the carrots was bits of the tops. They left biscuits and a big bottle of cool drink in a bucket of ice and glass on the dining table for Santa. If he drank too much beer everywhere he went he would get too drunk, fall asleep and not finish delivering the presents.


  • Darn that pesky tooth fairy.


  • Good read thanks for the information


  • It’s all about make believe and creating a childhood that can last for as long as possible – nothing wrong with that, just like reading fairytales.


  • have always tried to keep the santa dream alive for as long as possible, kids loose so much innocence so easily these days


  • thank you sharing this article good read


  • A great read, thanks for sharing


  • thanks for sharing was a great read


  • i won’t be telling my daughter that santa is real. just the celebration n presents


  • I liked this read. Santa found us.


  • Thanks for sharing this great article. I’m 36 and stil believe in Santa


  • yep santa is real im a believer.


  • Enjoyed reading – thanks for sharing!


  • Interesting article to read – thank you :)


  • interesting read – thanks for sharing


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