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? Share your thoughts in comments.

Elizabeth Creutzer December 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM
You are NEVER too old for Santa!!! As long as there is a breath in me there will ALWAYS be a Santa! I hope that my children will continue this beautiful tradition after I am long and gone. Santa represents the beauty of giving and enjoying pure joy just from giving!!! I will ALWAYS BELIEVE!!!
Alec December 16, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Age 100
Susan Coughenour December 16, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Never, just believe
Leighann Seidelman December 17, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Agreed! My youngest is 10 and still believes.
vada December 22, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I have a 14 year old that still believes and don't care if he's 40 and still believes.Now a days its all commercial and that belief is gone.I think we allow kids to be kids.


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