Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but unfortunately Santa Claus lives only in our hearts and not actually in the North Pole. Though a lot kids caught onto the scheme early on, there are still a lot of us who believed with every ounce of Christmas magic inside us that a man got presents to every house on one night. But it seems the longer you “believed to receive” the harder the truth hit.
theBERRY reached out to our Instagram and Facebook followers to get the details of their dramatic Santa realization stories. And boy, did our parents really try to commit (most of the time).
1. gabbybeballen‘s parents should have known the closet was too easy.
When I was six years old my brothers found the gifts and ran to find me because they were so excited. We were so excited Christmas Day to see what Santa brought then we all realized at the same time they’re the same gift we found in their closet. We all died a little that day. Lol
2. burstinac’s grandma is savage.
When I was four years old I was telling my grandma how excited I was and how I was wondering what presents will Santa leave me, she told me that I am too old to still be believing Santa is real. Fun times.
3. A pox on the Barbie Dream House, christystege!
When my Dad tried to build the Barbie Dream home. Lots of F bombs coming from the basement so I investigated. Yeah, both parents busted.
4. Sorry about your not-so-covert dad, callmelivengood.
I found out when I heard noise out my bedroom window. I see my dad unloading gifts out of the car and into the house. brought it up to my mom and she said if you ruin it for your little sister you get nothing. So I kept my pie hole shut. This was probably around 10 years old id say lol
5. Your friend was real subtle, melanie_roach.
When I told my mom I wanted a puppet like my friend had after she picked me up from a play date. Mom told me that maybe I should ask Santa for it. Santa delivered on the puppet. Flash forward to the first day of school after Christmas break. I see my friend and tell her excitedly that I got the same puppet as her. Friend goes “Ya I know! Your mom called my mom to ask her where she got it!” Childhood ruined.
6. panda_con_whiskey’s aunt was very involved in the community, unfortunately for her.
When I was 7 the elks club my great aunt was ms.claus. I put two and two together, also the fact I never got what I asked for. I wanted legos and remote control cars I got dolls… so many fucking porcelain dolls
7. Alexandra D made Mythbusters proud.
OMG i was such a nerd. I heard some older kids talking about how fake Santa was so i did an experiment. I placed a few varying sized balls in the fireplace to see if any of them rolled out when Santa landed. I made sure not to tell my parents either, it was a super secret science experiment. When none of the balls moved, i knew. i told my mom “i know you’re Santa.” She was so sad because i was maybe 9 at the time, but the gig was already up
8. Wow, I did not even consider that, shellster1977.
When Santa & my parents had the same wrapping paper. I was 8.
9. Sophie G’s folks forgot to get rid of the evidence.
I was in 4th grade and that Christmas we had left Santa’s reindeer XL candy canes as their treat. Fast forward to Easter and I was helping bake and was rummaging through the cabinets looking for vanilla extract when I found those XL candy canes in the VEERRY back of the cabinet behind everything. I pulled it out in confusion and shook it at my mom and said “WHAT IS THIS?!!” She very calmly tried to cover it up, but I had already suspected and started crying profusely saying “I knew it was you… I knew it… I didn’t want to believe it, but now I know it’s true… Christmas will never be the same… also, I’m telling my brother!” She shut that down really quick with a bribe of some sort that I don’t remember (he was only 4 at the time). LOL
10. Abby K’s dad has the scars to prove it.
My dad got attacked by our evil cat while putting gifts under the tree. I heard a man screaming, and then a pitiful “ho, ho, hoooo…” that sounded suspiciously like my dad and what sounded like the muffled cackling of my mother. The next morning, after the whole Christmas presents opening thing while everyone was relaxing…I crawled up on my dad’s belly while he was lounging, put my hands on his chest, looked him straight in the eye and said, “dad. You’re Santa, aren’t you? Tell me the truth.” He gave me a sad face and said “ho, ho, ho,” and hugged me.
11. Umm, ew. I’d wanna know why a picture like that even exists, lifewithpearl.
It was second Grade, when a classmate told me he has a picture of his dad dressed as Santa, harmless right? Not so much.. It was definitely a picture of his mom and dad doing some freaky bedroom stuff (to say the least). Stop believing that day.
12. “What” do you “mean,” madloumey?
When my parents started referring to Santa with air quotes.
13. Realizations like mandy_boers’ are by far the most popular, and traumatic.
At some point I clued in that my mom and Santa have the same handwriting.
14. Santa’s workshop slipped up, kell__09.
There was a price tag on my doodle bear 😩
15. A bunch of people had some messed up teachers, including Amy M.
Third grade. I’ll never forget my teacher asking the class “does anyone not believe in Santa?” The whole class, except me, raised their hands & she said “ok so we all know Santa’s not real” and went on with her lesson. And that Christmas Eve as my mom was curling my hair, i broke down in tears saying “i know you’re Santa, the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy. You lied to me the whole time!”
16. justinelbrown’s dad couldn’t have got his own??
Came downstairs in the middle of the night to my dad eating “santas” cookies 😭
17. Heather, I’m shook.
It’s kinda a gross story but here it is…. My dad has severe psoriasis and I found a piece of his flaky skin on my talking whiz kid laptop. That’s when I knew.
18. Older siblings like Mary H’s are kinda the worst, too.
I went to bed, but my older sister Jacquee was being loud AF putting out presents and I heard every word.
19. This is so pure, though, ampixii.
My brother told our youngest brother that OUR dad was Santa Claus just to be mean, but his pure little kid spirit just lit up with “OUR dad is Santa… OUR DAD! Where is his red suit? Where are the reindeer?” Totally back fired and had a couple more years of Christmas magic.