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'My 12-year-old son still believes in Santa Claus – I'm considering telling him the truth'

A mum is considering revealing the truth about Santa to her 12-year-old son who “still hasn’t found out”.

She’s worried he might be teased at school or get upset with her for “lying” if he hears it from a classmate.

The concerned mum, from the US, shared her dilemma on Reddit: “My son is 12 and in 7th grade. He is in honours classes, makes the honour roll, is social and has many friends but he still believes in Santa Claus.

“I even asked my older son if he had confided in him that he really didn’t and just didn’t want to tell me and he said no.

“My question is – should I tell him? I hate to be the one to break it to him but I also fear him getting made fun of or getting upset with me for lying to him for so long.”

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The mum was comforted by commenters on her post, who reassured her that she wasn’t in the wrong for keeping the Christmas “magic” alive this long.

Many suggested her son might already know the truth about Santa Claus but chooses to keep the fantasy alive.

One person said: “To this day, my parents have never told me Santa Claus doesn’t exist. They say if you stop believing in him, he won’t bring you any presents.

“I’m 48. I still get presents from Santa Claus.”

Another added: “He probably does know and just isn’t saying anything to ruin the Christmas ‘magic’.

“There’s no way a 12-year-old in today’s world hasn’t looked it up online or had friends or kids at school tell them. Just leave it be.”

Another commenter confessed they didn’t discover the truth until they were 12, joking that their mum sat them down and said “Honey, I’m Santa Claus”.

This led them to believe for another year that Santa was real, but it was their mum delivering presents worldwide.

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