When did you stop believing in Santa Claus? Or do you still believe? Did you tell your kids early in life so they were not being lied to or like my sons do they have to still (ages 22 & 26) believe if they want presents.
I stopped believing at about age 6. I received a doll that year with brown hair and brown eyes. I found her behind the couch. Obviously something was going on here. I was pretty smart so I knew it came from my parents.
I have no memory of thinking Santa was coming. No memory of being told I had to be good or he wouldn't come at all. Sadly some years there was barely anything there at all. I do remember my mother, alone by this time, waiting to see if we would get a Christmas hamper on Christmas Eve. Most years I believe we did. I don't remember getting toys other than the year I was in grade 2. We each got a gift, mine being a beauty shop, my brother got the game Lie Detector and my sister got the game Concentration I think. (she can correct me on that one)
Here we are with the game my sister got that year. I am the one in the background pretending to smoke a cigarette. We are so adorable.
So tell me when you stopped believing. Was it so traumatic that you are still not able to talk about it? Did you destroy every shred of trust between you and your children?