We are one of the few people around that don't teach our children to "believe" in Santa Claus. We talked about it long and hard when Samuel was little and feel comfortable with our decision for a few reasons. They know who he is and the story of St Nicholas. We never made a big deal out of it, just preferring to tell them the truth, keep the focus of Christmas on Jesus and leave it at that. We teach them to be respectful of other kids beliefs about Santa so as not to burst any bubbles:)
Zakkai declared that he wanted to believe in Santa once last year (b/c he likes to do the opposite of what we say!) but never brought it up again. Then, they decided to write Letters to Santa in his class today. Most kids probably wrote about what they wanted for Christmas but not Zakkai.
Here is what Zakkai wrote:
Wiy cant you go in the dors.
Then he got really serious about putting it in the envelope the teacher provided and insisting that we have to mail it to Santa. He said, "Mommy, all the kids in my class wrote him a letter. That means Santa is going to get 22 letters! Can you believe it?"
I find the innocence of little children so refreshing!