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I know how annoying it is when you've said this isn't the answer but my own opinion is once they're old enough to ask those questions, they're old enough to get the full scoop. My line in the sand is if I have to start lying a lot to preserve the fantasy, it's kind of over.

Alternatively you can say they don't get anything _else_ and that the boxes are a way to share the spirit of Christmas between people. Or let it lie. If Adam doesn't ask again I would guess he doesn't want to know.

I don't recommend my parents' approach which was "they asked too many questions about Santa Claus, and he doesn't like that, so he stopped coming."

It's a pretty big question even for grownups, why poverty. So there's that. :)

Yes, I agree. I think when you are making up stories to protect the santa story, its time to stop. Especially because now you are asking them to believe Santa remembers everyone except poor kids. When natural common sense kicks in (and yes, its too soon!) its time to start talking about Santa as a story, as a game or whatever you choose to say.

I was really sad when my daughter was told the truth about Santa from a friend, she was only five!! I thought the fun of Christmas was over. but it wasn't a bit. Best to you.

We are Jewish, and I had to tell my daughter last year that Santa doesn't exist. Santa doesn't remember non-Christian children, either (much of the time, anyway). If Santa knows whether children have been good or naughty, and he doesn't visit, will the child then conclude they must have been naughty? My daughter had been waiting and waiting for Santa, to no avail, so I told her the truth (and told her not to tell her friends at school).

3 boxes pledged,one from each kid and they will choose the items for th'their' boxes.

I tried not to encourage my daughter to 'believe' in Santa. I said he was a fun holiday character like Frosty or Rudolph. When she pressed me for an answer as to whether he was real or not (last year, at 4!), I told her the truth, and she still chose to believe he was real! Now when she asks, I say 'What do you think?'. She talks about kids at school who believe and I do the 'some families believe this, but this family believes that' routine. I grew up knowing he wasn't real, and I don't think I'm too scarred. Trying to not have her have that 'year of disappointment' when she 'finds out the truth', but I don't want to squash her independence in believing either!!

There is a similiar project done in Canada as well, with the boxes going overseas. I think I will have to get on this and do some this year. Thanks for the reminder.

http://www.samaritanspurse.ca/operation-christmas-child/

Tertia, what you did was spot on the right thing to do. Kids don't dwell like we do over these things. He has probably forgot all about it.

Let him believe as long as he wants to.

You could tell them something like this.
http://www.cozi.com/live-simply/truth-about-santa

I like that

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