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Do Your Kids Still Believe In Santa?

Creativity, Imagination and Believing.

Santa caught in the act.

Santa caught in the act!        from

I just went through hell last month —

my 11 year old found out we’ve lied to her about Santa —


she. was. FURIOUS…

and the Tooth Fairy… and the Easter Bunny! Yes, she finally had enough with trying to hold onto that last bit of childhood fantasy and begged me to come clean.

I did an ‘almost’ confession last year around the same time, but back-pedaled when it came to admitting exactly who put the gifts in the stockings. As I remember, she got real mad when she demanded I tell her about  gifts under the tree, so I proceeded to  play dumb about the stockings. She fell for it (or at least acted ‘as if’), for the time being.

Now a whole year older, and at least 10 years wiser, she’s PISSED!


Why would you DO such a thing? I don’t even WANT to do Christmas this year!”

And, the real kicker? We’re Jewish! I blame all this on my hubby, of course (the non-Jew). He wanted the tree, the lights, the stockings, and the carrots for the reindeer. Certainly not ME! I went all out—yes, it was me doing all the work, of course.  Please don’t tell him I really enjoy it—didn’t have it growing up.

My sister even sends us ‘reindeer food’ to sprinkle on the grass.
Mix uncooked oatmeal with a bit of glitter and
let your kids sprinkle on the grass—
some will ‘get et’ overnight (disappears into the grass).

Well, it’s been a month and our daughter has calmed down. She said, “Well, okay, I guess” to hanging stockings and ornaments, and even Santa’s special cookie platter.

So, for those of you still in the game,
here’s a super-fun link to getting a photo of Santa in your house this Christmas!

Go to Capture the Magic.  I won’t be using it this year—weep, sniff.

Take a photo of Santa's visit to your house.

Take a photo of Santa’s visit! with

  1. Upload your photo.
  2. Select a Santa.
  3. Pay, download and enjoy!

Prices start at only $3.95 for one photo and there are lots of Santa’s to choose from. (No, I’m not affiliated with the site.)

I don’t know what I’d do if I had it to do over again. This wasn’t in the ‘Parent Handbook’.  We are definitely looking forward to creating new traditions in our family.

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked me for my autograph.  –Shirley Temple

Tell Us

Do your kids know? How did they find out? I’d love to hear it in a comment below.

Barbara Balkin, Founder and ARTkinIST 



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  1. No Santa? Those words never uttered here even after my 11 year old begged and pleaded for the truth. Only, “If you don’t believe, then you don’t get presents!”.

  2. Hmmm, Cyndee–Don’t know how that would have gone over. I probably would have had a lot less presents to buy. 😉 I DO think we’ll end up getting back to ‘Santa’ after the dust settles, next year? Happy Holidays to you!

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