Study Reveals the Percentage of American Children that Believe in Santa Claus

December 26, 2017Dec 26, 2017

One of the greatest parts about the end of the year is the Christmas season. While the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Lord and Savior, is the real reason for the season, it is a lot of fun to celebrate the classic Christmas traditions as well!

The biggest tradition Americans associate with Christmas is the tale of Old Saint Nic, or Santa, delivering presents to good boys and girls all across the globe. For decades, kids have waited in their beds with excitement at the thought of Santa Claus coming down their chimney and leaving presents for them to open in the morning.

Now, a new study has just been conducted to find out how many American children still believe in Santa Claus, even in 2017. The results were awesome to see!

According to the report, 85% of 4-year-olds said that they believed in Santa, 65% of 6-year-olds said that they believed, and 25% of 8-year-olds said that they believed. Those numbers were published in a small study in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry in 1978.

"Children's belief in Santa starts when they're between 3 and 4 years old. It's very strong when they're between about 4 and 8," she said. "Then, at 8 years old is when we start to see the drop-off in belief when children start to understand the reality of Santa Claus."

The study also added that nearly three-quarters of Americans say they typically received Christmas Eve visits from Santa as children, and one in five adults says they are the parent or guardian of a child in their home who believes in Santa, according to a Pew Research Center study published in 2013.

What do you think about this? Do you still live in a household where someone believes in Santa? Let us know your thoughts! In other recent news, a community is in mourning after a disaster has left over 180 innocent people dead.

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