How did you find out Santa Claus was not real?

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  1. bora

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    I come from a different country with different traditions so we didn't have tooth fairy or Easter bunny, or even Santa. Well, we had an old man dressed up like Santa. We didn't call him Santa but the same as ''Grandpa'', who symbolized the year that we were leaving behind. We knew that he was just an old man. :D Also next to the old man was always a little kid (boy or girl) dressed up the same, symbolizing the new year.:whistle:
     
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    When I connected my moms handwriting to "santas" . I also left. Secret note for him that he never read :(
     
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    Blasphemous replies ....... Santa visits my house every year........ Long live Santa Claus ..............:p
     
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    My parents had been really clever, storing presents at our neighbors house until Christmas Eve. When we went to church and had dinner and presents with my dad's family, our neighbors would come over and put everything out. My sister and I, if we were still awake, could see that Santa had come by while we were gone.

    When I was 7, I was given a blue and white parakeet for a gift (duly christened Joe). A few months later I found the box for his cage in the basement and put two and two together. I remember being completely unfazed by it, though. Santa being my parents made way more sense.
     
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    I honestly don't remember learning that he wasn't real. I'm the 2nd oldest of 5, so I suspect that my older sister had something to do with it. But it didn't leave a huge impresion on me-- Christmas is so very many things -- I have so many wonderful memories of the Christmasses of my childhood that learning the truth didn't leave a lasting impression on me.
     
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    My mom sat me down when I was in 3rd grade. I was young for my class, and my parents were afraid I would be teased if other kids found out I still believed. My mom explained it to me, and then took me shopping to buy the candy for our Easter baskets (she talked about how I could be in on helping keep the secret for my younger siblings). I was NOT happy with her. While we were gone, my little sister went in to my room, took my American Girl doll, and undid her beautiful braids. :( As an 8-year-old, that was the worst day of my life!

    I remember sitting awake that next Christmas, listening for Santa, and hoping against all hope that my mom was somehow wrong!

    (All that said, I never felt that she lied to me or 'held it against her' or anything--I just really wanted her to be wrong!)
     
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    For what it's worth, next summer I'll be having this conversation with my 10 year old if the question doesn't come up before then. As much as I would love to preserve the magic, I don't want her staunch defense of her beliefs to make her a target in middle school.

    Her sister is desperately hoping that it's not the topic of one of those "sister to sister" chats.
     
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    My first grade teacher told us. She was of a different faith and didn't celebrate Christmas. Why she had to ruin it for those who did celebrate it, I don't know.
     
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    Wow! I thought t was stinky my third grade teacher told us! First grade? Unforgivable. Like your teacher, mine was also not of a faith that celebrates Christmas.
     
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    Every year my sisters and I worked in pairs. If either me or the sister closest in age to me woke up first, we had to wake each other up before waking our twin sisters. If our twin sisters woke up first, they had to wake each other up before waking the two of us. When we woke up in pairs, we would raid the stockings and check the scene before the other group did. It was an unspoken challenge every year and one we never really talked about nor did it feel competitive really. It was just what we did. One year, I was excited to be the first up. The light was shining outside so I knew it was time. I woke my "partner" up and we headed to the living room. We caught my mom in the act. She shooed us back to bed. Apparently the light was a street lamp outside and it was actually around midnight. Oops. We just figured it was a secret we discovered first. No biggie.
     
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    In 2nd grade one of my friends (who looking back was a little too grown for her age, as one of her favorite games to play was 'teenage mom who goes into labor") but anyhow, she told me Santa wasn't real and she and her parents had put out her brothers presents the night before. To prove it, when we were at my house she was like, "Let's go look in your parents closet. I bet all your presents are there".

    So we did and sure enough, I found tons of gifts labelled "To Em from Santa". I was crushed
     
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    My 2nd grade teacher told me. Actually, she made fun of me for believing. She's the same one who got on to me for crying after my grandfather passed away.
     
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    :spitwater: :lol::lol::lol:

    This made me laugh so much ahhaahaa. :lol:
     
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    Santa isn't real? Oh, no! Are you sure?
     
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    When I read this thread :confused: :(

    I don't remember the exact moment, but I do remember a friend that's parents who had been divorced trying to tell me that she knew he wasn't real (maybe 2nd or 3rd grade). She said that she had to help her mom get the presents down. I said.. that's because you're so bad that your parents have to get you gifts instead of Santa. Harsh. I was a strong Santa enthusiast.
     

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