That Christmas When You Got a Reality Check

Don’t let any freshmen see this article, because it’s about finding out that Santa isn’t real


Erica Pozdirca and Elona Schirov

Kids have always been pushed to believe in Santa Claus. Parents would tell them that there is a Santa at a young age to make Christmas seem more magical and bring in some holiday spirit. Children don’t really know anything yet so they believe whatever their parents would tell them. We surveyed around 100 people and our results show that 82% have been told that Santa is real by their parents and 20% says that haven’t.

Some people say that parents would tell them so they will have the Christmas spirit, bring magic in Christmas and add some imagination/fantasy to this time of the year, or just because it’s fun to believe in something or someone fictional. But as they get older, people stop believing and test out whether their childhood fantasy is truly real. As time goes buy and they get older, they stop believing and ruin the magic for people that still believe because it’s childish.

People find out that Santa isn’t real many different ways. Some find out from parents, friends, and just suspicion.

“I was asking if Santa was real and hammering my mom with questions and she got fed up and just said no and I started hysterically crying and she so kindly informed me at the same time that the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny weren’t real,” senior Macy Lites said. “Twas very overwhelming, I think I cried harder.”
“My friends and I were sitting together and one was like ‘Ya my mom told me Santa wasn’t real,” freshman Alleigha Bos said. “It crushed my dreams.”

“My mom told me she’s going Christmas shopping,” said junior Gabe Jones.

“Yes I remember,” said senior Sam Macriss. “Mean sixth graders told me that he wasn’t real in the second grade.”

“My Santa gift, headphones, were too small. When I told my mom she said ‘Oh well we can just return them, I still have the receipt,” said senior Claire O’Neill.

“I got a rainbow loom (you know like for making the rubber band bracelets) and I got frustrated with it so I said out loud: ‘This is cheap!’ and my mom yelled back “Hey, I bought you the gift!” said freshman Gabi Vasquez.

“Yes, the iPhone and iPad were connected so I saw the messages,” said freshman Chase Mitchell.

“My friends got pretty annoyed with me in middle school when I said I still believed,” said senior Hannah Dadigan. “In all honesty, at this point I believe that Santa represents the spirit of Christmas and the joy the season brings, and I still fully believe in that my reasoning for believing was that ‘if you were Santa, wouldn’t you want someone to believe in you.

Although they grow up and stop believing, it is fun and joyful to someday pass it on to their children just as their parents did when they were young. From our survey 71% would tell their kids about Santa, 19% said they wouldn’t, and 10% do not know yet.