Students, parents reflect on believing in Santa

Aaliyah Solano, Staff Writer

  It’s Christmas morning. A child wakes up early and runs downstairs to look at the Christmas tree: A tree surrounded by gifts, gifts from Santa, the man with a big beard with a signature laugh.

  Many grew up listening to tales of the bearded man. Believing in every little detail their parents told them. But, when is it time to stop feeding into the facade of Santa?

“Twelve,” sophomore, Kinsey Bakhaus said. “Children should have a good childhood experience and find out [the truth about Santa] before they are a teenager.”

Elizabeth Cambray, mother of four, said, “Nine or ten because we should start teaching our kids about the real world and fantasy world, and I think this is the perfect age.”

  In 2019, House Method interviewed 4,500 people across the U.S. and found out that children are no longer believing in Santa as early as age eight. 

  While reminiscing about when they stopped believing in Saint Nick, adults believed until they were a teenager.

  “Thirteen,” Amy Bonomo mother of two recalled, “I was made fun of on the bus for believing.”

  However, students stopped believing relatively close to the House Method survey. 

“I believed up until my parents told me he wasn’t real,” Camryn Knobbe, sophomore, said, “This was about fourth grade, so I was nine.”

  Kids believe in Santa when they are young because not only is their creativity developing but they are more gullible.

  “Toddlers and children believe anything you say. Teenagers know it all and won’t believe, just because they are told to,” Sharon Mulyk, mother of four said.

  “Toddlers and children still believe in magic and the wonder of the world. The older the children get, the more influenced they are by their peers to be accepted,” Bonomo said.

  Some believe it’s bad for children to be raised listening to lies and myths even if it is about a good character.

 “For us, Santa and Christmas is about teaching our kids to give to others who have less than us,”  Cambray said.

  “I don’t think they’re lies,” Mulyk differed, “I think they’re stories. Fairytales and that’s ok. No different than a Disney princess.”

  When parents break the news about Santa to their children, sometimes the joy of Christmas is ruined for the child.

  “Personally, ever since I knew Santa was not real, waking up on Christmas morning was not the same,” Knobbe said.

  “There was more leading up to the day and being excited to have Santa come around,” Bakhaus said.

  The fact of the matter is that even though Santa Claus is a myth, the joy young children feel on Christmas day awaiting his arrival is real.