“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#21 Dec 10, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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Funny how kids, on their own, will start to question whether Santa is real, but with God, it takes a lot longer (if it even happens).
Perhaps God isn't quite on the same level as Santa or the Easter bunny...
pde

Homer Glen, IL

#22 Dec 10, 2012
edogxxx wrote:
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Perhaps God isn't quite on the same level as Santa or the Easter bunny...
The mother in question appears to be wanting to apply Pascal's Wager to Santa Claus.

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#23 Dec 10, 2012
edogxxx wrote:
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Perhaps God isn't quite on the same level as Santa or the Easter bunny...
Human-made-up entity and often used to ellicit good behavior from kids. THe sound the same to me!

Since: Aug 08

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#24 Dec 10, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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Human-made-up entity and often used to ellicit good behavior from kids. THe sound the same to me!
LOL

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#25 Dec 10, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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Human-made-up entity and often used to ellicit good behavior from kids. THe sound the same to me!
There's still a difference though, eventually ALL children stop believing in Santa Claus, that's not always the case when it comes to God.

Since: Jan 10

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#26 Dec 10, 2012
edogxxx wrote:
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There's still a difference though, eventually ALL children stop believing in Santa Claus, that's not always the case when it comes to God.
True, although Matilda nailed it: THe god thing gets reinforced regularly and by adults and other authority figures.
pde

Homer Glen, IL

#27 Dec 10, 2012
Matilda77 wrote:
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It's still the same age where you start questioning it, though. I remember distinctly being about 5 or 6, in my Sunday School room, probably freezing in an uncomfortable dress, and realizing for the first time that nobody *made* my parents get up and go to church every Sunday. And that when I was an adult, nobody would make me go.
I remember also getting into questioning the whole idea of religion, around that age range. It was the whole idea that this "heaven" people seemed all enthused about, really didn't seem like all that delightful an idea to me. I didn't want to be stuck with people like those I encountered in Church for all eternity.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#29 Dec 10, 2012
If there is a heaven, I doubt that many of them will wind up there.
pde wrote:
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I didn't want to be stuck with people like those I encountered in Church for all eternity.
pde

Homer Glen, IL

#31 Dec 10, 2012
RACE wrote:
If there is a heaven, I doubt that many of them will wind up there.
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Hey, I was six. I was being told that good people go to heaven, and religious people are good people, and surrounded by all these "religious = good" people who I had no desire to spend an eternity with.
Julie

Chicago, IL

#32 Dec 10, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
L1: What the crap is wrong with you? Do you want her to get teased at school? Why do you NEED her to believe in Santa? Grow the fuck up.
This. Exactly.
Stina

Pinellas Park, FL

#33 Dec 10, 2012
LW1: My kid turned 10 the other day. I know she's on the fence about Santa. Quite frakly, I wish she'd outgrow it. It's really a pain in the butt. I'd like to give her her gift and be done with it.

Still, part of me thinks she DOESN'T believe, but is afraid to admit it ecause she doesn't want to get less loot!!!

That's probably more how she would think....

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#34 Dec 10, 2012
I know two guys at work, my boyfriend and the boyfriend's ex all save the best/coolest gift to be from THEM. They don't want Santa to get the credit for the best toy.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#35 Dec 10, 2012
When my girls were 7 and 10 we had friends for Christmas dinner whose kids were the same age. There were Santa gifts for all 4. The 2 youngest still believed, the older girls were not sure.

As the guests were leaving, Mom friend was prompting the kids to say thank you for the gifts, JoJo asks why he should thank me since Santa was the one who brought the gift.

Best parental tap dance I ever saw.

Usually Santa brought hardback books and videos at our house

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#36 Dec 11, 2012
It's weird: On Christmas morning, Nick's ex will drop the boys off. The boys will open their gifts from us, as well as their Santa gifts.

Then we head to Nick's parents' where we all get tons of presents, and the kids get Santa presents AGAIN. Same thing at easter -- wake up, find an easter basket. Get dressed, go to grandma and grandpa's house... and the easter bunny was there for them, too.
pde

Homer Glen, IL

#37 Dec 11, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
It's weird: On Christmas morning, Nick's ex will drop the boys off. The boys will open their gifts from us, as well as their Santa gifts.
Then we head to Nick's parents' where we all get tons of presents, and the kids get Santa presents AGAIN. Same thing at easter -- wake up, find an easter basket. Get dressed, go to grandma and grandpa's house... and the easter bunny was there for them, too.
Ok, that's just weird. When we go to the other houses for Christmas, all the presents there are just from the people there.

The easter bunny doesn't even visit our house (I'm not even sure the kid knows what the easter bunny is supposed to be, the students at his previous school were mainly hindu so the easter bunny wasn't visiting them either). And my mom has never tried to pretend the easter basket she gives the kid is from anyone but herself.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

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#38 Dec 11, 2012
When my kid was young, all the presents under the tree for him on Christmas morning were from Santa. To see his face light up and get enveloped with the magic of Christmas (a/k/a kid greed) that Santa was there and KNEW what he wanted -- well, that was the best thing ever to see.
pde

Homer Glen, IL

#39 Dec 11, 2012
Toj wrote:
When my kid was young, all the presents under the tree for him on Christmas morning were from Santa. To see his face light up and get enveloped with the magic of Christmas (a/k/a kid greed) that Santa was there and KNEW what he wanted -- well, that was the best thing ever to see.
Hm. Technology may have spoiled some of that magic. According to the kid in previous years, Santa knew what to bring because Santa looked at his Amazon wishlist.

Since: Jan 10

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#40 Dec 11, 2012
Toj wrote:
When my kid was young, all the presents under the tree for him on Christmas morning were from Santa. To see his face light up and get enveloped with the magic of Christmas (a/k/a kid greed) that Santa was there and KNEW what he wanted -- well, that was the best thing ever to see.
I've heard of families having that practice. I've also heard of the practice (an old one) where Santa decorates the tree on Christmas eve while the kids sleep.

Sounds like a lot of work for mom and dad at 1 a.m.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

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#41 Dec 11, 2012
pde wrote:
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Hm. Technology may have spoiled some of that magic. According to the kid in previous years, Santa knew what to bring because Santa looked at his Amazon wishlist.
Hahaha! You are SO right! I didn't even think about that. We did leave carrots out for the reindeer, and the usual cookies and milk. A couple of years that it snowed we made Santa footprints and hoof prints on the deck. He didn't question why they weren't on the roof.
pde

Homer Glen, IL

#42 Dec 11, 2012
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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I've heard of families having that practice. I've also heard of the practice (an old one) where Santa decorates the tree on Christmas eve while the kids sleep.
Sounds like a lot of work for mom and dad at 1 a.m.
When I was growing up, there were presents under the tree with people's name on them, and NO listed from. So, the youngsters assumed they were from Santa until they no longer believed in Santa, and then they were from mom + dad.

My husband's family has this whole tradition that some of the presents are listed as being from Santa, some from mom, some from dad, some from the frickin' dog ... oh, heck, I can't play that game. I told my husband that if he wanted to continue this tradition, it was up to him to do the labeling. He did about half the presents one year and it hasn't happened since. Any present I wrap gets a "TO" label and nothing else.

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