The answer for me is yes, I was HUGE santa believer until I was about 10 years old. Well what can I say? I was a gullible kid. I think if not for my neighbor who told me the truth about Santa, I would have believed in him until now. I kid. 🙂 As a child, one of my favorite movies was The Miracle on the 34th Street. Have you seen it?
And during Christmas eve after our noche buena and all the child-friendly festivities, my mother used to tell me to go to sleep right away because if Santa sees me awake when he comes by then he will not give me my presents. So I usually force myself to sleep as fast as I can just so Santa will not skip our house in case he comes by. I’ve never questioned this story as a kid. The only question I threw at my aunt (who became my santa when my mom left for the US) was why is it that my presents are always wrapped in the same gift wrapper that she uses for Christmas. She answered me in a mattter-of-factly way: Because Santa uses his wrapping paper according to where he’s going to bring the gifts to. And of course I believed her. Bear in mind though that she’s the same person who taught me not to lie.
My nephew who is currently 3 years old is a lot smarter than the 10-year old kid that I was then. He doesn’t like Santa and in the process of it, he had this thought in his head that Santa does not exist. Well, who doesn’t like Santa? A kid who’s got a lot of other things to do other than sitting on Santa’s lap and repeating what he wants for Christmas.
Santa: What do you want for Christmas?
Nephew: A train set.
Nephew: A train set!
Nephew: A TRAIN SET!!!!
Nephew: * runs towards my sister * MOMMY LET’S GO! I DONT’ LIKE SANTA ANYMORE!
So now when someone asks my nephew what he asked Santa for Christmas he will answer that Santa’s not real. My sister on the other hand wants him to believe in Santa because let’s face it, those kids who believed in him had a lot more fun compared to the ones who didn’t. So she asked him if Santa’s not real then who’s going to bring him presents for Christmas. My nephew replied, you should think of more surprises for me Mommy.