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    Do You Tell Your Children, Santa is real?
    Lainey_WebMD_Staff posted:
    Hello parents!

    For generations children were brought up to believe in Santa. Will you continue that tradition?
    seeit2 responded:
    We don't make a big deal of Santa in our home, but once DD started preschool (she's 4) it became too hard to avoid. She does not watch TV (except through Netflix - no ads) so there's no pressure from commercials or for specific toys or anything. We will probably claim a gift or two from Santa and leave a carrot for the reindeer and that will be it. Personally, I really dislike the "be good or else" mentality, so we don't do that at all.

    Once she's in school I'm sure all bets will be off, but for now we like keeping it a "from the family" event.
    FCL responded:
    I have always felt that it's not a bad thing for children to look forward to Santa's visit. My daughters are now 8 and one is struggling hard to believe - she has a lot of friends who know the truth (what a shame for all involved - lol). There is so much maginc attached to Santa and children love that. I just love the way they creep downstairs to discover their presents. Last year they both patiently waited for us to arrive before they opened them - HOW ON EARTH can a child DO that???? We never asked them to wait and I know that when I was their age I could not resist opening everything!

    We need a little magic in midwinter, don't we? And Santa supplies that for both children and their parents :)
    Lainey_WebMD_Staff replied to seeit2's response:
    Aw! I love the carrot idea! I agree with you regarding the "be good or else" I never used that idea for my children or grands.
    Lainey_WebMD_Staff replied to FCL's response:
    I completely agree!

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