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A mom is on other parents’ naughty lists.

A 22-year-old British mother, who finds the idea of Santa “creepy,” is being called a Grinch by other parents because she told her 4-year-old son that Santa Claus isn’t real.

Charlie Hayes said that she confessed to her child that the Christmas legend was not real when he started having doubts about Santa.

“Jasper’s always been a good critical thinker so he never really bought into the Santa thing,” Hayes said. “He would always point out how a man dressed as Santa in a shopping center or at parties were only people in costumes, so arguing against his logical thinking didn’t make sense to me.”

The TikTok, which she posted Nov. 29, has since gained 689,000 views.

Hayes said that another reason she spilled the beans is that she wants to get credit for the gifts she gives her son. She also doesn’t want him to think Santa is “classist” or deal with the heartbreak that comes when children eventually realize a man in a red suit doesn’t come down the chimney after awaiting him every year.

“He’s a really smart kid who I’ve always been super open, honest and factual with so he wasn’t shocked or upset when he came to an age to understand that Santa is just a story,” defended Hayes.

Charlie Hayes said that she confessed to her child that the Christmas icon was not real when the 4-year-old started having doubts about Santa.
Charlie Hayes said that she confessed to her child that the Christmas icon was not real when the 4-year-old started having doubts about Santa.
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The child’s father, 22-year-old Sam Pritchard, agrees with the decision.

“We both agree totally on this. We sing from the same song sheet about Santa being creepy. We prefer to just be straight with Jasper,” said Pritchard.

Despite not believing in Santa, Hayes said that the family still loves Christmas and gets up early to unwrap presents like everyone else.

The child's father, 22-year-old Sam Pritchard, agrees with the decision.
The child’s father, 22-year-old Sam Pritchard, agrees with the decision.
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“If you asked him if Christmas was his favorite, he would respond with the most excited ‘YES!’ Santa or no Santa, he’s happy with some new Hot Wheel sets, hot chocolate and family cuddles,” said Hayes.

“I won’t tell him it’s OK for somebody to come into our home or that Santa watches him all year round and once a year he can sit on some random old man’s lap. I think it’s a little bit weird when you look at it like that.”

Hayes recalls only one instance where her “honesty is the best policy” approach failed and she told Jasper the legend of Saint Nick.

“If you asked him if Christmas was his favorite, he would respond with the most excited ‘YES!’ Santa or no Santa, he's happy with some new hot wheel sets, hot chocolate and family cuddles,
“If you asked him if Christmas was his favorite, he would respond with the most excited ‘YES!’ Santa or no Santa, he’s happy with some new Hot Wheel sets, hot chocolate and family cuddles,” said Hayes.
Jam Press/@churchofstrawberry
The TikTok, which was posted on the 29th of November, has since gained 689,000 views.
The TikTok, which was posted Nov. 29, has since gained 689,000 views.
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“When an advert featuring Santa came on Jasper asked me why people dress up as Santa and I explained the story of Saint Nicholas that lived hundreds of years ago,” recalled Hayes. “But Jasper then came to the conclusion that Saint Nick got too old and died and that’s why he can’t give children presents himself anymore.”

“It was really sweet until we were out in public and when adults or other children asked him what he had asked for from Santa for Christmas, he’d respond bluntly with ‘Santa’s dead,’ ” Hayes said. “A nice old lady on the bus just laughed awkwardly when he said it and kids just looked confused.”

Several TikTok users left coal for Hayes and Pritchard in the comments of her video.

“I couldn't even begin to express the pride I have in my son, his intellect, his logic, his emotional intelligence for his age,
“I couldn’t even begin to express the pride I have in my son, his intellect, his logic, his emotional intelligence for his age,” gushed Hayes.
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“I’d hate for someone to ruin the magic for my child just cos they chose not to do it,” slammed one user.

“The issue is when they ruin it for the children who do believe,” said another user.

“It’s the magic of it I’m so glad my parents did it and I still love Christmas with my whole heart,” chided a third.

Hayes said that despite the hate she received for her honesty, she is proud that her son came to the conclusion by himself.

“I couldn’t even begin to express the pride I have in my son, his intellect, his logic, his emotional intelligence for his age,” gushed Hayes. “He’s the most clever 4-year-old I’ve ever met and he still has so much fun in a household that nourishes his mind and lets him be a smarty pants.”

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