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(SFGate)   Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and the recession's farked him over, too   (sfgate.com) divider line 30
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2009-12-14 11:46:21 AM  
It really is sad when kids can't get atleast a few presents. My 3year old is just learning about Santa and it would break my heart if he asks Santa for stuff and I couldn't atleast get him a few little items.

Times are tough.
 
2009-12-14 11:50:47 AM  
TNel: It really is sad when kids can't get atleast a few presents. My 3year old is just learning about Santa and it would break my heart if he asks Santa for stuff and I couldn't atleast get him a few little items.

Times are tough.


See this is what is wrong with the world today. People teach their kids that some mythical being will give them undeserved rewards, if all they do is believe. If you did not teach your kids those myths about Santa/Jesus/Socialism then they would not come to expect such undeserved rewards.

What is wrong with you, you superstitious freak.
 
2009-12-14 11:52:43 AM  
i141.photobucket.com
 
2009-12-14 11:52:50 AM  
and their mother, Alma Jimenez, is unable to work because she has a malformed right hand.

lol, wut?
 
2009-12-14 12:05:10 PM  
boobsrgood: and their mother, Alma Jimenez, is unable to work because she has a malformed right hand.

lol, wut?


Doesn't she know if she uses the left hand it feels like a different person?
 
2009-12-14 12:05:46 PM  
My birthday is on Christmas, but this year, I've asked everyone to NOT get me a gift this year. Anyone who wants to get me something for my birthday (or Christmas). I've told to just give me a card that says you gave to a charity this year.
Adults I don't care too much about, but a kid should at least get something, you know?
 
2009-12-14 12:07:53 PM  
Heroic Poser: My birthday is on Christmas, but this year, I've asked everyone to NOT get me a gift this year. Anyone who wants to get me something for my birthday (or Christmas). I've told to just give me a card that says you gave to a charity this year.
Adults I don't care too much about, but a kid should at least get something, you know?


Might I suggest giving to "The Human Fund"? It's money for people.
 
2009-12-14 12:11:32 PM  
TNel: It really is sad when kids can't get at least a few presents. My 3year old is just learning about Santa and it would break my heart if he asks Santa for stuff and I couldn't at least get him a few little items.

Times are tough.


Not sure, if serious. You can just give gifts to give them, I know that sounds crazy. You don't need some magical man in a red suit to do that.

I'm still kind of miffed about my parents telling me that that Santa Claus was real. My sister tells her kids about Santa and it hurts a little knowing that one day they'll feel that tiny betrayal as well. Hopefully, it will be a lesson to be more skeptical about what people tell you to believe. Although I doubt it. They're all mad about Disney, so fairy tales run rampant on that side of the family.

/Yes, I would be the one to tell the kids there isn't such a person.
//That is, if I knew my sister wouldn't murder me.
 
2009-12-14 12:14:53 PM  
boobsrgood: and their mother, Alma Jimenez, is unable to work because she has a malformed right hand.

lol, wut?


Approves
i141.photobucket.com
 
2009-12-14 12:17:53 PM  
ThreeEdgedSword: Not sure, if serious. You can just give gifts to give them, I know that sounds crazy. You don't need some magical man in a red suit to do that.

I'm still kind of miffed about my parents telling me that that Santa Claus was real. My sister tells her kids about Santa and it hurts a little knowing that one day they'll feel that tiny betrayal as well. Hopefully, it will be a lesson to be more skeptical about what people tell you to believe. Although I doubt it. They're all mad about Disney, so fairy tales run rampant on that side of the family.


Yes I am serious, why ruin childhood innocence? If a child under 5 want's to believe in a person that gives presents to all children, why ruin it? Now older children... not so much.

I'm not talking a lot of stuff here, I am only buying $30 each for my 2 young kids and that pale's in comparison to what most people think is a "normal" christmas. But $30 gets a lot of small cars and he doesn't know any thing other than he got a lot of little items and the look on his face and the "Wow-wee look at that" is going to be worth more than the small amount that I could get him.
 
2009-12-14 12:21:31 PM  
TNel: Yes I am serious, why ruin childhood innocence?

No doubt. The only thing sadder than a child that doesn't believe in magic is the adult that took it from them.
 
2009-12-14 12:26:49 PM  
Get them No Virginia,

upload.wikimedia.org

They can learn all about disappointment...

Amanda, I am disappoint.
 
2009-12-14 12:36:30 PM  
EatHam: TNel: Yes I am serious, why ruin childhood innocence?

No doubt. The only thing sadder than a child that doesn't believe in magic is the adult that took it from them.


Generally, it's an older sibling or a friend that breaks the news.
 
2009-12-14 12:39:59 PM  
I knew Santa was getting hit by the recession when I saw him on the assembly line overseeing the making of Mercedes on the commercial, I told the little neices and nephews "Look kids even Santa had to get a full-time job to feed all the elves, Christmas might not be that good this year." My in-laws appreciated it:)
 
2009-12-14 12:40:09 PM  
Slaves2Darkness = troll

ThreeEdgedSword = genuine killjoy
 
2009-12-14 12:45:03 PM  
ThreeEdgedSword:
I'm still kind of miffed about my parents telling me that that Santa Claus was real. My sister tells her kids about Santa and it hurts a little knowing that one day they'll feel that tiny betrayal as well.


LOL!!! Holy fark.
Tiny betrayal? Are you serious or are you just trying to troll?
My kids thought it was fun trying to find out. It was a mystery and had fun when they figured it out. Even laughed about it for days putting the pieces together.
Jeebus. Your story is why people refer to others as snowflakes.
 
2009-12-14 12:48:48 PM  
"Father Christmas, give us some money
We'll beat you up if you make us annoyed
Father Christmas, give us some money
Don't mess around with those silly toys

But give my daddy a job 'cause he needs one
He's got lots of mouths to feed
But if you've got one, I'll have a machine gun
So I can scare all the kids down the street"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsGZDzHPA3Q&feature=related (new window)

\originally from The Kinks ~1976
 
2009-12-14 01:14:53 PM  
ThreeEdgedSword:
Not sure, if serious. You can just give gifts to give them, I know that sounds crazy. You don't need some magical man in a red suit to do that.

I'm still kind of miffed about my parents telling me that that Santa Claus was real. My sister tells her kids about Santa and it hurts a little knowing that one day they'll feel that tiny betrayal as well. Hopefully, it will be a lesson to be more skeptical about what people tell you to believe. Although I doubt it. They're all mad about Disney, so fairy tales run rampant on that side of the family.

/Yes, I would be the one to tell the kids there isn't such a person.
//That is, if I knew my sister wouldn't murder me.


Wow. That's kinda pathetic.
 
2009-12-14 01:36:51 PM  
FTFA - "Of particular need are gifts for girls between ages 9 and 12: lip gloss, hair barrettes, backpacks, bubble bath."

Most of these items can be found at the dollar store. Heck, for five bucks you can put together a little gift bag for a kid. Is that really too much for some people to spend?

I know the fark cynics will tell me that these people get enough handouts already, but these are children we're talking about here. Think about when you were a kid. Did you always have presents on Christmas day? Didn't it make you feel happy, even if everything else sucked?

What if you didn't have any presents? That probably made you feel pretty shiatty. Should another child have felt the sadness you felt?

I know Christmas isn't about the presents for (most of) us adults, but for most kids, that's all they care about.
 
2009-12-14 01:37:20 PM  
Santa will be giving a little more this year

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2009-12-14 01:37:50 PM  
I usually give to the three charities around town at Christmas (Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, and a local toy drive), but I could only pick one charity this year. It was to buy all the unfortunate kids warm coats, boots, gloves, and a hat for winter. You picked a kid (an index card with their sizes and gender) and bought everything for them. I feel kind of guilty about not donating to the toy drive, but when it is -8 degrees I know their is a little boy out there happy to be warm.
 
2009-12-14 01:44:07 PM  
TNel: ThreeEdgedSword: Not sure, if serious. You can just give gifts to give them, I know that sounds crazy. You don't need some magical man in a red suit to do that.

I'm still kind of miffed about my parents telling me that that Santa Claus was real.

Yes I am serious, why ruin childhood innocence? If a child under 5 want's to believe in a person that gives presents to all children, why ruin it? Now older children... not so much.

I'm not talking a lot of stuff here, I am only buying $30 each for my 2 young kids and that pale's in comparison to what most people think is a "normal" christmas. But $30 gets a lot of small cars and he doesn't know any thing other than he got a lot of little items and the look on his face and the "Wow-wee look at that" is going to be worth more than the small amount that I could get him.


Yeah we're reaching for things to get the kids this year. They have so much shiat already the 13 and 12 year old can't actually think of a damn thing they want. A teenage girl that can't think of one gift she wants or needs. I'm giving them each $100 in cash and that's it this year. The four year old would be happy for 30 things wrapped up individually from the $1 store. However he has three sets of grandparents and four sets of great grandparents and he is the only grandchild for all by my own parents. (well my in laws treat my older kids like their own and send them a bunch of money too but they're old enough to figure out what came from who) Hell aside from the zhu zhu pets I bought in September or so I'm not buying anything else.

That is really cutting back for us too. I've been socking every extra penny I can away into savings in case something happens to my husband's job I hate to spend anything this year. I mean its pretty damn safe and he just got a promotion last week but who the hell knows anymore.

On the Santa thing I never told the kids he was real but I never made a big deal about him being fake either. The kids just never believed in Santa whoopdedoo. As little kids they still get excited and wake up at 5 am see what they got. I'm not blowing hundreds of dollars on gifts and having the credit go to someone else besides the parents. However if you want your kids to bilieve in Santa go right on ahead.
 
2009-12-14 02:37:18 PM  
whoviantrekkie: Get them No Virginia,



They can learn all about disappointment...

Amanda, I am disappoint.


Came here for a Dresden Dolls reference.
 
2009-12-14 03:01:43 PM  
TheLittleLemon: whoviantrekkie: Get them No Virginia,



They can learn all about disappointment...

Amanda, I am disappoint.

Came here for a Dresden Dolls reference.


Thank you! Not so much disappointed with the album as I am that it is their last before she went solo.
 
2009-12-14 03:53:31 PM  
christer:
Slaves2Darkness = troll
ThreeEdgedSword = genuine killjoy


fenrael23:
Wow. That's kinda pathetic.


Heroic Poser:
LOL!!! Holy fark.
Tiny betrayal? Are you serious or are you just trying to troll?
...Jeebus. Your story is why people refer to others as snowflakes.


---

Actually, I see those that tell thge kids about Santa as the one's with the precious snowflakes. Keeping up the "innocence of youth" is something that I think is garbage. I think it does a tremendous disservice to this sentient being that will one day grow up to be a responsible citizen. No sense in ever lying to them.

Killyjoy? You bet your ass. Especially when it's based on fallacy.

Again just give gifts during the Holiday season. You don't need mister magic man. I find it more endearing to get a meaningful gift from somebody I know and love.

/Skeptical Curmudgeon
//Viva la Truth
///LOL
 
2009-12-14 04:09:27 PM  
ThreeEdgedSword: Actually, I see those that tell thge kids about Santa as the one's with the precious snowflakes. Keeping up the "innocence of youth" is something that I think is garbage. I think it does a tremendous disservice to this sentient being that will one day grow up to be a responsible citizen. No sense in ever lying to them.

Killyjoy? You bet your ass. Especially when it's based on fallacy.

Again just give gifts during the Holiday season. You don't need mister magic man. I find it more endearing to get a meaningful gift from somebody I know and love.

/Skeptical Curmudgeon
//Viva la Truth
///LOL


I don't remember anything negative coming from me believing in Santa when I was younger. One day I got too old for Santa and my parents told me the truth. I wasn't devastated or anything. In fact I thought it was cool to help fill the stockings and still do to this day. I also love Christmas time as it brings back many wonderful memories with me and my family.

So...you can take your opinion about Santa Clause and shove it non-believer!
 
2009-12-14 04:32:42 PM  
ThreeEdgedSword: Actually, I see those that tell thge kids about Santa as the one's with the precious snowflakes. Keeping up the "innocence of youth" is something that I think is garbage.

I pretty much agree. There are plenty of real things out there that are wondrous and exciting.
 
2009-12-14 06:10:22 PM  
Maybe San Francisco should eliminate funding public sex tents and the like and do something worthwhile for a change.
 
2009-12-14 06:40:42 PM  
As someone who's tried to give stuff to charity, I'm getting a kick out of this...

Recently my wife and I went through our stuff and collected a bunch of things to donate to Goodwill or whatever. They came, they saw, they didn't take anything.

In fact, they complained. "this has a scratch", "this looks too worn", "this is dusty", "no one wears this fashion anymore." Yes, it seems they've already got so much stuff unless you're literally donating the latest stuff fresh off the racks from Macy's, they just won't take it.

What's stupid is that I know that other Goodwills elsewhere in the country are really hurting for stuff.

And now they want us to go and spend money on items to donate? Yes, I know. "think of the children".
 
2009-12-14 07:57:26 PM  
I don't get this whole Santa Clause deal. It's stupid.

Kids behave because some magic man is always watching them. They don't behave because it's 'right'. They behave because of a bribery.

Yet most kids who learn Santa isn't real grow up to believe some god IS real.

It boggles my mind. There is no invisible man watching you.
 
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