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    I was in 4th grade and heard the kids laughing at the "dorks who still believed" . Yep, I felt like a dork :(
    My almost 11 year old has been asking questions (unfortunately in front of the 6 and 9 year olds). I think he is talking himself into believing. I have helped by making comments like "yeah, where would I have hid that giant basketball hoop you got last year?" (it spent a month in the neighbors garage! I struggle with just telling him (after Xmas) b/c I don't want him to feel dumb like I did as a kid, but at the same time I love the magic of it and don't want to ruin it.
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    I was 9 and in 4th grade. It was a few weeks before Christmas, my mom and I were in a store, she turned to me and said "Do you think this would be good for Cassie's stocking?" I vividly remember the feeling, my heart dropped, my felt a little dizzy, my vision got a little blurry, I instantly felt embarrassed, but I played to cool and said yeah. Still, up until that exact moment, I believed in Santa and once she said that I realized he wasn't real.

    I was a 3rd grade teacher for three years and then taught 4th grade for another 2 years. That seems to be right on the cusp when half the class believes and half the class doesn't. I always tried to play up Santa and made sure to never say anything that would indicate he wasn't real. When kids would shout out that Santa wasn't real I would make some kind of comment about how he must not visit you because you don't believe in him, that's too bad for you, more gifts for us.
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    Senior Member nolarookie's Avatar
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    I was about 9, in the 4th grade. I was pretty upset, mostly because my school friends already knew and I felt dumb. I think it lasts longer for kids today. I'm definitely with the folks who believe Santa represents the spirit if giving. If you don't believe, you don't receive.

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    Senior Member ilikeredlipstick's Avatar
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    Jul 2013
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    In my school all the 6th graders were tasked with replying to kindergarteners letters to Santa - I remember a couple kids that still believed being devastated. What a horrible way to find front of the entire class!
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