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Old 11-29-2011, 08:47 AM
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Does the Internet make it harder to believe?

I ran across this AP article today: "Is tech friend or foe to Santa Claus?" Some parents are saying that the Internet makes it harder for kids to believe in Santa because of the many websites that offer Santa letters or Santa footprints---and some have stumbled across their kids Googling "Is there a Santa Claus?" What do you think? Does the Web make it hard to believe?

Mr. has a wonderful answer for kids who are confused by the number of Santas out there and who may wonder which one, if any, is the real one. Of course Santa Claus is real---the other Santas are wearing Santa's uniform because they're working for Santa, the same way policemen or soldiers wear uniforms to show what kind of job they do.
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Mr. has a wonderful answer for kids who are confused by the number of Santas out there and who may wonder which one, if any, is the real one. Of course Santa Claus is real---the other Santas are wearing Santa's uniform because they're working for Santa, the same way policemen or soldiers wear uniforms to show what kind of job they do.
Mr. has a great answer!

Here is what I tell kids as far as when they see Santa everywhere, it's actually easy to answer. It's the same Santa! He just moves around to different places and he moves quickly! You never see 2 Santas together, (or rarely, that would take some explaining ). If we take the kids to 2 malls in one day and they see Santa at both places, Santa just went from one mall to another. I never had them ask any further than that.
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That is a wonderful way to explain why!!! I love it MC!!!!
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Kids have questioned for forever and the Internet isn't helping with those questions. That is, in part, why we're working on SantaStandards.com is trying to elevate education of the classic character and to stop abuse of him.

Children don't recognize -- can't recognize -- that they are merchandise online. Santa is merely a tool in the hands of several to victimize kids in ways large and small -- from just getting their email address to worse.

Belief in Santa is something that parents need to put their arms around and manage in the home...just like anything else. And it requires a lot of thought and skill.
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You never see 2 Santas together, (or rarely, that would take some explaining )...
The one with red eyes is the Santa-Bot 3000...
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I never gave this topic much thought until I read the article. As a mother to two, 7 and 2, I want to keep their belief in Santa going for a whole while longer and yes, it does require serious skill as my 7 year old is beginning to ask questions. Thankfully, she hasn't found the sense yet to google it, and to be honest neither had I until now. So thanks for raising the topic and bringing this to my attention. The internet can be such a bad thing on times! Apart from MMC of course.
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My children are now, older teenagers and I dearly miss so much.... the joy, innocence, and belief that they held in the eyes and hearts for Santa Claus when they were little.

I think that my kids (especially my daughter) was devastated when a kid on the school bus told her there was no such thing as Santa Claus. She came to me crying and I told her that as long as you believe in him and carry him in your heart, he will always believe in you and he will always exist. She asked me, "do you believe he exists daddy?", i said "yes".

Now that she is older, she came to me recently and thanked me for still believing, she said this is her favorite time of year, because she still believes as well......

I whole heartedly agree with Jeff..........

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