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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  • Santa is great to have in your life for as long as he can be, it just brings so much joy to kids faces to think he is real, I really enjoyed the time my daughter and were on the verandah on christmas eve and I looked up and said Santa’s somewhere out there, then she said I think I saw him mummy-she was so excited and went to bed quick so Santa could come and bring her presents.


  • I dread this question, fortunately my son hasn’t asked this question yet, but something he said over Easter or let slip leads me to believe he has an inkling about Santa and the Easter bunny. I have shared care with my ex partner so I think somewhere along the line there has been a conversation something to the effect of if u don’t believe he won’t come but I dared not broach the subject, as I would love him to believe for as long as possible. He is only 7 after all.


  • I love that kids believe in the imaginary for as long as possible. When my oldest 2 children were younger, (7 and 10) my next door neighbour at the time rudely told them that mum cant afford all the presents they want for xmas so they should stop asking. When they said they were asking Santa she informed them he wasnt real. It broke their hearts and I was absolutely fuming to be honest. And yes, she also had kids.
    My 8yo still beleives in Santa and just before xmas last year she came home upset as kids at school were saying isnt real. When I asked how she thought I could buy all the presents she got, she just knew the kids at school were lying. I believe let the Fantasy last as long as possible.


  • My kids are still believers and i hope that when they are older, they learn that Christmas time is a magical time if you believe in Santa or not.


  • I love the thought that my little one will experience the joys of Santa and opening his Santa sack on Christmas mornings but I know I’ll dread the day he asks of Santa’s real :(


  • This is such a hard question for mums to answer! My 9 year old daughter still believes in Santa, but my 12 year old son doesn’t anymore (although he’s kind enough to not spoil the secret for his sister).


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