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How old were you when you stopped believing in santa clause?
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When I got my first lump of coal(which turned out to be an ordinary rock).
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Christmas day when I was 9. I asked my Grandpa during church if Santa was real and he told me he wasn't. Then I asked about Jesus and got smacked in the back of the head.
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o.O Stopped believing? What are you suggesting?
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I still do, in a sense.
I celebrate the tradition based off of a story about none other than Saint Nicholas Clause
Where: Poland (I think)
When: Pfft, way back in the long ago ages
What: Old man who lived in a poverty stricken community would give gifts to the children around the winter time because they were obviously very poor and couldn't afford them.

My mother told me the story a few years back. I never looked into whether or not the story was true, and honestly, I never cared. Converting "Saint" to "Santa" didn't seem unreasonable either.
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I Believe
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You guys can't fool me. I know Santa's real, I mean, if he's not, who's the old bearded fat guy who watches me sleep on Christmas? Checkmate, internet.
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My parents didn't tell me lies, so I never grew up thinking there was a Santa Claus or tooth fairy or whatever they tell kids. But I was told I was supposed to pretend he was real for the sake of my cousins whose parents DID teach them he was real. So I got to go around feeling like "I pity the fools..."

Though there is this one kid I know who was also taught Santa wasn't real, and other parents were always getting mad at him because he'd get in fights over their kids about it.
Posted 11/15/12

haikinka wrote:

I don't think this thread should be allowed since it single handedly destroyed my childhood, and probably many more to come.


LOL so how old are you? 6? 7?
Posted 11/15/12
I was around maybe 5 or 6 years old. We had all went to a gathering at my aunt's church on Christmas Eve. It was then that the pastor got into a rant on how parents need to teach their children the truth, how Santa Claus isn't real and how Jesus is the reason for the season.

Every child in that sanctuary began to cry. I was one of them.

When you're a kid, hearing something like that can be pretty traumatizing. Even now, I still can't believe it. To me, it was completely uncalled for.
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asking someone how long they believed in Santa Claus is so meaningless that it couldn't even serve as worthless gossip. regardless, if you're going to ask me how much of my childhood I spent believing in an old man in a red suit, I can confidently say that, I never believed in him in the first place. I knew that the Santa a the preschool Christmas event was a just a fake, and I didn't even have to see Mommy kissing Santa Claus. I suppose I was just a precocious child who questioned the existence of an old man who only worked on Christmas. at any rate, be it aliens, time travelers, ghosts, demons, espers, or evil organizations and the heroes out of cartoons or comic books who battle them, I didn't realize that they weren't real until some time later. no, I had probably already realized the truth. I just didn't want to admit it. deep in my heart, I wished that aliens, time travelers, ghosts, demons, espers, or evil organizations might pop up in front of me. however, reality is rather cruel! one must admire how well the laws of physics were written. at some point, I stopped being glued to TV UFO specials and programs on psychics. aliens. time travelers. espers. none of those could possibly exist. though I kind of wish they did. so I suppose my ability to hold convictions while accepting reality is a sign that I've matured. as I graduated from middle school, I also graduated from those childish dreams, and became accustomed to the routine of this world. and so, I entered high school with no particular vision in mind... and met her.
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Posted 11/15/12
4 years old...
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i was about 6 or 7
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19 / F / Tiphares
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Posted 11/15/12
Wait... Santa Claus isn't real?! My God.
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25 / M / Sydney, Australia
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Never believed in it...
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Bout 12, when I learned Santa was a symbol of giving during the holidays. And when I studied Nordic culture.
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