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Do Tell: When Did You Stop Believing in Santa?

I remember the day well; when my little brother burst my Santa Claus bubble. He came home from school and while we were having a snack in the kitchen, he told me that his friend's older brother said that Santa wasn't real. I was devastated and bawled my eyes out.

I have a feeling most of you have a story similar to mine so do tell, when did you stop believing in Santa? And how did you find out that it wasn't actually him that ate the cookies and drank the milk by the tree?

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Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
We make cookies but it's not for Santa it's for me!! I don't get why they feel the need to say some random guy gives kids their parents but it doesn't bother me. It's kinda of tradition and I like tradition.
nancita nancita 7 years
I think I was 4 or 5. I found out by reading Superfudge by Judy Blume. I always warn parents that it contains that spoiler.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
3 days away till santa comes everyone! the weather looks good, the reindeer should be able to fly alright! remember to leave cookies out and carrots! merry christmas!
candace87 candace87 7 years
Exactly, Lyv. I totally agree.
punjabibyotch punjabibyotch 7 years
i never believed in santa.. i remember being 7 years old and just thinking why parents would lie to their kids about some fat guy that rides flying reindeers. i thought it was the most retarded thing i've ever heard in my life, and i will never tell my kids that some fat dude is going to come down the chimney and give them gifts.
Lyv Lyv 7 years
It is kind of a big deal, actually. Santa is not cute, adults claiming to believe in Santa is not cute, taking credit away from hard-working parents is not cute, lying to children is so not cute.
aka-Daria aka-Daria 7 years
so what if people made the same "i still believe in santa" jeez, it is not that big of a deal. So you don't like it, fine, don't be such a downer though, damn.
Lyv Lyv 7 years
I was 7. My mom was driving me to the ballet studio. "Hey, funny story, you know how, like, sometimes you tell little kids something is real, and it's kind of not...?" :(
wickedk8 wickedk8 7 years
I have a little sister that 10 years younger than me, so when I probably would have stopped believing, I just kept on going because of her. Now I'm a fourth grade teacher and the kids are starting to question more. I just read the Polar Express and ask if they can hear the bell. That usually settles any questions they have!
candace87 candace87 7 years
Okay like 5 people made the same "I STILL BELIEVE IN SANTA !" comment. It is SO annoying. uuuuuuuugh!
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
I was really young. I was probably 5 or 6. I sneaked into the living and saw my parents (actually, maybe just my mom) stuffing our stockings and then I knew. I think one of my sisters told me so that is why I went to check.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 7 years
Where I'm from there is no santa claus - baby Jesus brings the gifts! and he's real, lol. In other countries the three wise men bring the gifts. Although I have heard that lately santa is becoming more prevalent in all of latin america because of movies and TV.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 7 years
Where I'm from there is no santa claus - baby Jesus brings the gifts! and he's real, lol. In other countries the three wise men bring the gifts. Although I have heard that lately santa is becoming more prevalent in all of latin america because of movies and TV.
Sarana Sarana 7 years
I have no idea when I found out, I think I just slowly realized it.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
I saw my mom eating the cookies...and I had sneaked a peak at some presents before s-mas and later told me they were from santa...I was 7.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
I saw my mom eating the cookies... and I had sneaked a peak at some presents before s-mas and later told me they were from santa...I was 7.
GScott86 GScott86 7 years
Never believe in Santa. Never was rich or that well off enough to do the presents thing so much. I got toys yes, my dad gave me presents. My dad was Santa I guess? OKay, well I actually didn't that much about Santa, and I didn't really care. Really, I don't think I'm going to encourage my kids to believe in Santa. They'll know I love them and care for them, and want the best for them and want them to be happy. I'll be Santa, and they'll know it. Not some Jolly-Red-Fat-Man. I know sounds cynical...but if Santa were real he's stop failing me like he always did :'(.
crayolasky crayolasky 7 years
I was 8 when I found out. I left a letter for Santa along with his cookies. I don't remember what the letter said, except for it asked for him to sign his name, say hello to Mrs. Claus (haha!) and answer my question ("do you know Frosty the Snowman?")- all of which I was 100% serious about. When I woke up on Christmas and found my letter, I realized it was NOT Santa's writing- it was my Mom's... apparently something I had never noticed on present tags, lol. Also, a discussion afterwards with my Mom has become a joke we tell every year. I asked her about the letter, and she confessed. Afterwards, we had a pretty long discussion including the Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny, etc. which she claimed still existed. I don't think it took me much longer to figure those out too, though. But I still like to believe in Santa :) an over-sized bunny however.... is just a little bit too creepy for me!
lildorothyparker lildorothyparker 7 years
My dad forgot to put the "Santa" wrapping paper away.
neonbee neonbee 7 years
I think I was four. It was late at night and I was really thirsty. On my way to the kitchen, I saw my mum on a ladder, putting gifts on the stockings and under the tree. I was pretty heartbroken.
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 7 years
U mean there is no Santa Clause !!!
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
Though I'm sure I did when I was little, I can't actually remember believing in Santa, or anyone telling me he wasn't real. I have a terrible memory. :( haha.
Fallen85 Fallen85 7 years
One year my little brother and I found a Sega Genesis behind the couch and on Xmas morning it was marked "From Santa"... thats when I really clued in.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 7 years
But in response to your question, when did someone first try to MAKE me think there wasn't a Santa? That was when I was 9. My big brother tried to tell me he didn't exist, that he was Mom and Dad. I promptly told him, "Well, he is real, and if you don't believe in him, I guess you won't get any gifts." and sure enough, he didn't get a SINGLE Santa present that year. I did though! In fact, I still get some every year. :)
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