Santa’s not coming to town

Elijah Robinson, Staff Writer

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Kids believing in Santa helps them hold on to their childhood which can be difficult to let go once they become older. It can be hard for parents to accept that their children are growing up and letting go of childhood traditions and memories.

Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. He was admired for his piety and kindness. He enjoyed giving gifts to everybody and the legend of his giving grew when he died.

When the right time comes, that certain legend will become myths for some kids, and their childhood with it.

Nazim Bouteldja, 11, remembers the first time he was told Santa isn’t real.

I was about six, and I was blabbering about Santa to my dad and I  guess he got tired of lying so he shouted Nazim, Santa’s not real,” Bouteldja said.

People will learn about Santa one way or another but that decision is up to their parents of when they want their kids to grow up.Most kids do fine when they find out Santa isn’t real because let’s be honest  all they care about is the presents anyway.

“I was sad at first but at the end of the day I was still getting my parents so it really didn’t matter,” Bouteldja said

Justin Lang, 10, didn’t find out from his parents. He had to learn the hard way.

“I was 9 and I was watching a show and a man was shouting  at some orphan kids, ‘you think Santa’s real? ‘He’s just a hoax, you idiots’,” Lang said.

“I was going to pretend to my parents like I didn’t know until they told me but they never did,” Lang said.

Kids can still have a childhood without believing in mythical creatures.So it would be better to tell them in the beginning so they wouldn’t be disappointed later on.

The time of finding out Santa isn’t real can be a sad but good moment.It can help a child grow because once they find out Santa isn’t real, they have to find out all the other myths aren’t real like the tooth fairy or the easter bunny.

“I felt like I was grown when i found because all the other kids in my class thought he was real except for me,” Lang said.