I am unsure about Santa: Advice?

This is totally random, but I’ve been thinking a lot about Christmas, and I’m not sure my feelings on Santa. My son is two and not quite old enough to understand yet regardless, but I’m seriously considering not including Santa in our traditions. Does anyone else do this or have other special traditions(that are not religion-based)? 

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Santa gives me child a stocking and thats it. Period. I want them to grow and know Santa brings stocking and we get them the gifts they want.

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We go see Santa and do the typical Santa photos. But my oldest knew from a very young age that mom and dad bought the gifts. I never told him Santa brought his gifts.

i have a two year old a well and she knows who santa is but he only gives her a little gift. just one. i don’t want her growing up thinking santa gives her the best stuff and mom & dad only get her little things you know. i work hard for big presents & i want them to be from me :yellow_heart:

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We arent doing santa. Everything will be from us.

I do Santa and Elf on the Shelf for my 1 and 3 year old. They love the elf :joy: We “track” Santa the night before, leave him cookies and carrots and each kid gets 1 special gift from Santa (nothing expensive). I mean, I think Santa adds something special to Christmas and I just love the way my kids enjoy the make believe. I honestly don’t know anything besides Santa and Elf on the Shelf :joy:

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I do include Santa so I can’t really answer your question about alternatives… I just wanted to comment to ask that if you do decide to not include Santa in your traditions, please talk to your child about playing al8ng for the sake of other children and families.

I have a lot of fun playing Santa and it would break my heart to have my kids’ belief crushed at school or something.

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My 4yr old knows about Santa. We refer to him as a spirit that lives in our hearts that makes us want to give to others, not a real person that comes to our house. She also knows some kids believe that he’s real and that she shouldn’t spoil their belief. She actually gets it so I don’t worry about her spoiling it.

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We don’t do Santa, we never have :woman_shrugging:t4: I didn’t believe in Santa as a kid and honestly just didn’t see the point in lying.

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We do stockings and one or two special, but insignificant in price gifts from Santa. The rest is from us.

Iv always hand Santa no matter the age of the baby or child in my home or my family Iv always done it and always will some years it hard to but I make it work even if it’s one gift and a stocking a peace

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I tried to not do Santa since most of my immediate family is pagan and we technically celebrate Yule. My daughter is 3 now and last year she was ALL ABOUT santa even though I never mentioned him. So I let her believe because she chooses to

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We do a couple small things for everyone from Santa and the rest from us. We don’t want our kids to go to school and be like I got a tablet from Santa when maybe some kids only get small things their parents can afford. I never want my kids to inadvertently make another feel bad

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We dont talk about Santa. Our oldest is 6 and wants Santa to visit. Because she hears about him at school.

My girls almost 3 and we don’t speak of santa. Shes had one picture with a santa and she hated it :joy: but its a no go. If she asks eventually about Santa im just gonna say hes to help people remember to be nicer basically lol

With my kids Santa brings the stocking and items needed like gloves, socks that kind of stuff. When my oldest now 8 asked me last year why Santa gave some kids big fancy gifts and she got little stuff I told her that some parents like to pretend that Santa brings them big gifts but it was actually the parents but they can’t tell the other kids that. They never said anything to anyone or asked about again. I also read the story of Santa every year. How he brings fruit and little toys to the children.

Ours know santa but santa doesnt deliver gifts. It’s more like the spirit and what he stood for. Giving, kindness, and more importantly the time spent with family and creating memories

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My son loves Santa. Hes only 3 so he doesn’t comprehend santa too much but i want him to believe in santa. I want him to know about saint Nicholas and teach him about who he was and how that has traversed from then.

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I am thankful I’m Gen X. My millennial raised his daughters on the magic of Santa. I’m thankful my parents didn’t feel the need to make it all about them

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Whoever got mad at this, you’re ridiculous. That’s totally their choice. I see the ups and downs of both sides. We taught our kids about Santa but there are some years I wish we didn’t.

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