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Santa’s Last year.

  • 21-12-2017 6:43pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 17,905 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian


    Our youngest is 9 and in 3rd class.

    We really feel it’s her last year as she is asking all the obvious questions. Older daughter is 15, says the youngest believes, but “just”.

    So it’s a bit sad but seems this is our last year with Santa proper coming, it all went round so quickly.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,011 ✭✭✭ job seeker


    _Brian wrote: »
    Our youngest is 9 and in 3rd class.

    We really feel it’s her last year as she is asking all the obvious questions. Older daughter is 15, says the youngest believes, but “just”.

    So it’s a bit sad but seems this is our last year with Santa proper coming, it all went round so quickly.

    I remember when I was told, I was in Second class at the time. My dad told me. I suppose he thought that I was getting a bit old for Santy. My sister is the youngest in the house. I remember the first year that she didn't believe. But, while Santy isn't visiting anymore, the bother does come home from America. As he now lives in San Francisco. So that's what we look forward to now..


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,719 ✭✭✭ Caranica


    Miracle on 34th Street? Usually works with doubters.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,905 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian


    Christmas movies really annoy me from that perspective very few do a good job.
    Polar express is one that deals with it well.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,007 ✭✭✭ scwazrh


    _Brian wrote: »
    Our youngest is 9 and in 3rd class.

    We really feel it’s her last year as she is asking all the obvious questions. Older daughter is 15, says the youngest believes, but “just”.

    So it’s a bit sad but seems this is our last year with Santa proper coming, it all went round so quickly.

    Why does it have to be the last year ?Our kids have always been told Santa comes to our house no matter what their age.If they don't believe , then theres no pressies.Why do kids have to be told ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,670 ✭✭✭ SarahLil


    I love The Polar Express it really would make you believe I hope to watch it over the next few days
    We've no children yet hopefully in the future but my OH constantly says I believe to everyone, to kids, he buys me decorations with I believe etc
    His Christmas's are certainly different since we met
    I like that idea of adults saying to their kids all ages that Santa brought presents even young adults kids

    Enjoy every minute of this Christmas Brian


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,905 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian


    scwazrh wrote: »
    Why does it have to be the last year ?Our kids have always been told Santa comes to our house no matter what their age.If they don't believe , then theres no pressies.Why do kids have to be told ?

    It won’t be by our choice.
    Lots of talk at school that’s making her ask questions.
    Some of her friends have been told by older siblings etc.

    We will try and keep it going if we can but I’m not sure.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,893 ✭✭✭✭ The Princess Bride


    We brought our children to see Santa when they were teenagers- 13 15 and 17!
    They'd been to this particular Santa (Arnotts) years earlier and it's lovely to have photos from when they were tiny and then much older. They enjoyed it and it is a very special memory.
    They also wrote Santa letters well into their teens.

    Too many things in life are serious and we're expected to be sensible, so this fun time should be embraced for as long as possible.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,182 ✭✭✭✭ freshpopcorn


    I was speaking to teachers about this and they found The Polar Express made the kids who were doubting it doubt it even more because there was so much emphases on the word believe. It's a movie that they avoid now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,905 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian


    We brought our children to see Santa when they were teenagers- 13 15 and 17!
    They'd been to this particular Santa (Arnotts) years earlier and it's lovely to have photos from when they were tiny and then much older. They enjoyed it and it is a very special memory.
    They also wrote Santa letters well into their teens.

    Too many things in life are serious and we're expected to be sensible, so this fun time should be embraced for as long as possible.

    Our eldest is 15 and has great crack with Santa visits, she says she was always scared in case she’d make a mistake and upset Santa ! Now she loves to have the crack with the Santa’s.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,831 ✭✭✭ heldel00


    I'm 33 and Santy still comes to me and all my siblings!!! It just carried on and is a tradition I'll carry on with my own family


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,905 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian


    heldel00 wrote: »
    I'm 33 and Santy still comes to me and all my siblings!!! It just carried on and is a tradition I'll carry on with my own family

    That’s our plan.


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,387 ✭✭✭✭ iamwhoiam


    When mine got a little older and doubtful and questioned I always told them that Santa truly does exist . He exist in every Mammy and Daddy and carers heart . They carry his legacy and pass it on so kids can be happy . I got the special task from my parents and will pass it on to them when they need it for their kids


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,672 ✭✭✭ Darren 83


    My Daughter started 4th class and asked a few questions, Obviously the kids are talking really think this is the last year she is only 8!!

    We started Elf on the shelf each day is like Christmas she is so excited to see what he has done. It might be her last but I’ll make it the best I can for her.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,012 ✭✭✭✭ Toto Wolfcastle


    Yeah, Santa still comes to us too. We range from 26 to 32. We were also never told. Kids are savvy and they’ll figure it out.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,069 ✭✭✭ bladespin


    heldel00 wrote:
    I'm 33 and Santy still comes to me and all my siblings!!! It just carried on and is a tradition I'll carry on with my own family


    I love it, not overly sentimental but if you believe then Sabta is real, how he manifests may be different, I don't believe in 'lying' to my kids but for that moment on Christmas eve I believe we become ;)


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 12,886 Mod ✭✭✭✭ iguana


    There are some fantastic Santas out there who would remove all doubt from a child on the cusp. Our main visit was amazing. Santa told us he needed a private chat with the little guy so he sat him up on his knee and we watched from the other side of the room while they had an intense discussion for about 15 minutes. S is only 5 and has complete and total suspension of disbelief but if he was older there was no way he'd have had any doubts after that visit.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,247 ✭✭✭ milli milli


    _Brian wrote: »
    Some of her friends have been told by older siblings etc.

    This is so sad.
    My cousins were younger than me but more streetwise and were very young when they stopped believing and even made fun of my 'Santa' present.
    I know kids are kids but it's just so sad to see kids that are cynical and serious.
    As someone else said, you are only a child a relatively short time and its important to hold onto the magic.

    I'm well grown up now but there's always time for magic and make-believe. I'll still be watching the skies on Christmas Eve night :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,672 ✭✭✭ quadrifoglio verde


    My brother and I found out when we were 8. Of course he took great delight in telling his class that Santa was their mam and dad the week of the Christmas holidays.
    All the yummy mummies we're fit to murder my mother

    Remember her turning around to one having a go at her and saying, what do you want me to, stick duck tape across his mouth :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,247 ✭✭✭ milli milli


    My brother and I found out when we were 8. Of course he took great delight in telling his class that Santa was their mam and dad the week of the Christmas holidays.
    All the yummy mummies we're fit to murder my mother

    Remember her turning around to one having a go at her and saying, what do you want me to, stick duck tape across his mouth :pac:

    It might seem like a laugh but it would have ruined Christmas for a lot of those kids. I know kids will eventually learn sooner than later, but what fun would you get out of ruining it for others?

    That's what I love about some kids - they learn the truth, but they don't tell their younger siblings because they know they shouldn't.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,421 ✭✭✭ splinter65


    My 20 year old daughter tells me that she never really believed fully, and if she kinda did, she was afraid of him (big fat man with a beard ho ho ho etc) more so then anything else , and was relieved and almost delighted when she finally confirmed to herself that it wasn’t real .


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,069 ✭✭✭ bladespin


    That's what I love about some kids - they learn the truth, but they don't tell their younger siblings because they know they shouldn't.

    Yes but 'the class' HAS to know!


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