I don’t remember ever believing in Santa Clause. I remember it being fun pretending to believe, but I don’t remember ever thinking he was real.

My siblings and I used to sneak down the stairs every few hours on Christmas Eve to see if “Santa” had come. We all knew who was really putting the presents under the tree but that didn’t take any of the excitement away for us.

I can still remember tip toeing down the stairs, and peeking into our front room by the soft glow of the Christmas lights. I’d jump when I heard someone come up behind me, worrying that I’d woken my parents, but breath a sigh of relief when it turned out to be one of my siblings sneaking down the stairs behind me.

We were a tricky bunch. If our parents didn’t wake up early enough (and keep in mind we’re talking about 5 a.m. here) we’d quietly wake the baby up so they’d have to come down and let us open presents.

I hope my kids don’t read this or I’m in for some serious payback.

We do “do” Santa at our house but because it was never that big of a secret when I was growing up, I have to admit, I’m not very good at being sneaky about it. My husband on the other hand, LOVES the surprise factor of the whole thing. Santa is nearly sacred ground to him.

And I massively goofed.


I have a 9 ½ year old and I thought there was absolutely no way he really still believed in Santa. When I was that age, I may not have believed in Santa but I really liked being “in” on the secret and helping be Santa on Christmas Eve so I thought it would be fun if he could do the same.

The topic came up the other day and I wanted to feel him out, so I asked, “Tell me the truth. Do you really believe in Santa?”

I got a blank stare in return.

“Yea . . . Why? “

If he hadn’t figured it out before, I don’t give it much longer before he puts the whole thing together now. And the Mother of the Year award goes to . . .

My younger kids are still totally sold on the whole thing though and I have to admit that Santa is great leverage during the month of December to get them to behave.

I know a lot of people really don’t “do” Santa at their house. I’ve always thought of it as a fun little game so we’ve always done it, even if I’m less than stellar at keeping any sort of a secret.

Do your kids believe in Santa?

2 Responses to Do your kids believe in Santa?

  1. Yep, we’re a Santa household. Although I feel guilty every year having to tell untruths just to keep up the charade. The idea of Santa is magical but it’s tough to keep up with the story.

  2. I asked my 3-year-old daughter if Santa Claus was going to come to our house this year and she said, “No Mommy, Santa is a character … like Cinderella.” We are Jewish so Santa wasn’t coming to our house anyway … but nonetheless, we hadn’t actually had a talk with her about Santa being real or not real.

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