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SPEAK OUT: How Old is Too Old for Santa Claus?

What is the right age to reveal the truth about the jolly old elf?

It is undeniably Christmas time, as evidenced by the decorated houses, Christmas tree lots popping up and Santas setting up shop in department stores and malls.

For many small children, Santa Claus is a big part of the holiday. Kids pose on his lap for photos, write letters will detailed gift requests and try to be on their best behavior to avoid the naughty list.

The big guy in red is a hot topic of conversation for those who celebrate and have little ones, which begs the question, when do you reveal the truth about the Santa myth? Do you tell your precocious 7-year-old the truth because she's no longer buying it and you are tired of lying? Do you reveal the truth to your 10-year-old so he doesn't get teased by his friends for being the last believer? Or do you simply let them believe until they come into the truth on their own?

How old is too old for Santa? Do you remember when you learned the truth about Old St. Nick? Tell Patch in the comments!

Jenni Pompi (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I think I probably believed until I was around 11, and I would have probably believed longer but it became clear to me that none of my friends believed any longer. I do remember asking my mom when I was 8 or so, and she told me if you didn't believe in Santa he didn't bring you presents (!!) and that definitely bought a few more years.
Jenni Pompi (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Come check out what your neighbors are saying about believing in Santa on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BowiePatch

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