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The Majority Of Surveyed Adults Still 'Experience The Magical Feeling Of Christmas,' But That Excitement Fades As We Age

Dec. 21 2021, Published 11:24 a.m. ET

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Though it can be said that children are the ones to have the most fun on Christmas, a study by British mattress retailer Bed Guru found that most adults still enjoy the holiday as well!

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In a survey of 2,000 individuals, 56 percent of those polled said they still "experience the magical feeling of Christmas," though that number dipped the older the participants were.

In fact, 49.7 percent of people ages 50 and over said that they have felt "the magic of Christmas fading away."

It's assumed that even though the excitement beings to fade as we age, it can also be revived when spending the holidays with children, as it allows you to keep family traditions or start new ones.

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For kids, one of the most exciting parts of the festivities is receiving presents and awaiting Santa's arrival. The study also looked at data when it comes to believing in Saint Nick, with 67 percent of parents revealing that their kiddos found out on their own that he isn't real.

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Only 2 percent of parents told their kids that Santa wasn't real when they were less than 4 years old, while 8 percent broke the news when the tots were 5 to 7 years old. A portion of 'rents, 16 percent to be exact, told their children when they were 8 to 10, and 7 percent did so at ages 11 to 13.

While discussing Santa's existence can be tough, psychologist and parenting expert Dr. Justin Coulson offered some tips as to how to go about the discussion.

"I would argue the magic of Christmas can be even stronger if they know the truth about Santa from the beginning. Kids play make-believe all the time and they find joy in that. They can pretend to be superheroes, cowboys, doctors, or whatever they want. They know none of it is real but that doesn’t make playing less fun," he explained to Fatherly. "In fact, the fantasy can genuinely add to the enjoyment. There is some great research that shows that kids with greater senses of imagination actually have a better understanding of the lines between fantasy and reality."

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