Part of the magic of Christmas is in believing that a bearded man with a big belly squeezes down the chimney with a sack of toys. Whether a mother listened for reindeer on the roof or slept by the tree to catch a glimpse of Santa as a child, most people remember the moment they found out that St. Nick wasn't real. We asked our Facebook fans to share their memories. Here's what they said.

  • "He IS real." — Pam B.
  • "My parents never really played the Santa thing...they would talk about it a lil, but since I was lil, always told me they too got us gifts for under the tree, And maybe one or two would say 'from Santa'. So I got the best of both worlds...able to believe in Santa but then wasn't devastated when I found out he was a myth." — Becci D.
  • "We are a family of believers. Those who do not believe do not receive. Once they no longer believe in the man, they still have to believe in the spirit and play along." — Elainne V.
  • "I was 6 and got up to get a glass of water. Walked right in to my parents filling the stockings. Oops." — Tamara B.
  • "When I was 7, I asked my Mom if there really was a Santa, she said 'what do you think?' And I started to cry." — Audrey O.
  • "When I saw my dad creep in to my room and put stuff at the foot of my bed ('Santa' delivered our stockings straight to us:)" — Katherine A.
  • "My parents never lied to me and always told me the meaning of Christmas." — Anna N.
  • "What! Santa isn't real?" — Amber H.