At what age did you learn the truth behind Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc.
How did you learn and how did it make you feel?
I was nine years old. I asked my mom about the Easter Bunny and I think she was having a really bad day because she turned from washing dishes in the sink and said, "No he's not real. Neither is Santa or the Tooth Fairy. And don't tell your sisters, or I'll ground you." It was sort of a lot to process. But I already had my suspicions so I don't remember being too crushed. It did however suck all the fun out of the holidays for a little while. But eventually I learned to love the holidays for reasons other than fictional characters.
The truth was slow in coming for me, I can't remember precisely when it happened, a gradual awareness from about age 8 for Santa, the tooth fairy a bit earlier, I just stopped believing althoug the money for teeth kept arriving, I can't say I ever was encouraged to believe in the Easter Bunny,
Chidlhood beliefs should not be discounted, time for truth down the track people make far too much fuss about being 'honest' with their children, I take the view that a little childhood fantasy is good for them, time to worry about other things when they grow up.
For me, there wasn't a moment when my parents told me that they weren't real. Basically, it dawned on me between the ages of 7-9, that it was actually my parents giving me the presents.
Also, by that time I was already at a lost as to how Santa could deliver so many presents in one night, and also why he chose to exclude kids in third world countries.
I think I was about eight or nine when someone in my class made fun of me for still believing in the Easter Bunny. This was the start of it. Later at Christmas time I heard an older brother slip up and that nailed it for me.
Wow great answers. I learned the truth from my older brother's friend when I was eight. My family would have never been classified as middle class but we got by. We knew that we would only get one Christmas present during the holiday but during the year in question "Santa Claus" had brought a new game along with our usual presents.
And when the friend spilled the beans so to speak, I remember feeling guilty my mom and dad had spent extra money. Of course that didn't stop me from keeping the game and playing with it.
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