Angelina Jolie teaches her kids ‘a little magic’ about Santa, the Tooth Fairy

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Is it wrong to love Angelina Jolie’s outfit from head to toe? If I was a professional woman instead of a sweatpants-and-flip-flops-wearing blogger, this is how I would dress for work. No pantsuits, no cutesy twinsets. Just black slacks and a great black top. Kitten heels and a fab tote. This would be my uniform. And praise the lord, it’s not a sack-dress!

Anyway, these are new pics of Angelina and Brad and two of their oldest kids, Zahara and Maddox (Pax is actually one year older than Z). Zahara looks amazing, doesn’t she? She can really put together an outfit. And she’s just… beautiful. Gorgeous, actually. Does Z have a hot pink iPhone case? And… Brad looks like a down-on-his-luck Miami hobo.

In other Jolie-Pitt news, Angelina gave a recent interview where she came out in support of teaching children about Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. It’s cute:

In a new interview, she said: ‘There are morals in these stories and you want a little magic – it’s important to have something that we’re a little bit in awe of. The other day, one of the kids lost a tooth and I talked about the tooth fairy. Half of them are old enough to think: ‘What are you talking about,’ yet they’re still not sure there isn’t something. And I’m not lying to them. I say, ‘I really can’t tell you. I don’t really know. Mothers are sworn to secrecy.’ Kids grow up fast enough these days, so let’s allow them to have a little bit of childhood for as long as they can.”

[From The Daily Mail]

I always think it’s weird when adults are, like, really upset that their parents lied to them about Santa during their childhood. Is it really that big of a deal? It’s a nice fairy tale, as is the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny and all of that. There’s too little joy in the world – let kids have their myths and imaginations. I think that’s how Angelina feels too.

By the way, this coming week will see Angelina in London, co-hosting the international forum on violence against women with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague. That’s probably where Angelina, Brad and the kids are going in these photos. There has been a rash of completely awful stories lately, so I imagine the forum is going to get extra attention this week.

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  1. helenk says:

    Well, that’s the hottest hobo I’ve ever seen. I think it’s great the way they support each other’s causes. It seems like yesterday when just the four of them were jetting around- Zahara a baby and Maddox a toddler. Yes, time flies.

  2. Splinter says:

    I think Zahara has adopted some of Angelina’s expressions.
    And I also think it is nice that kids believe in some magic. I’ve noticed they enjoy it and once they get older, they try to keep the magic alive for the younger kids.

  3. Chris says:

    What lovely photos (of people I like a lot), to brighten a cloudy grey day. Good Lord, isn’t Lady Miss Z is a stunner? Angelina’s comments sound good to me, a delight. I hope the London conference gets a rational airings despite the complaints about its scope. Thanks for this report/ pics.

  4. Jen2 says:

    The “hobo” is wearing a tee-shirt with an adorable drawing of himself and Angelina holding hands most likely done by one of the children. So, he is a proud and cool dad showing off his children’s handywork. Good on him. And I like her attitude towards Santa. Also admire both for using their fame to help others. Good on both of them. Miss Z, from the cute but “tiny” baby and toddler with rickets has grown into a beauty. Maddox is just a cool teen.

  5. Kcarp says:

    Santa is great. You can threaten your kid with Santa is watching all year.

    I feel so much sympathy for kids who never participated in Santa, the tooth fairy, etc. it’s so much fun.

    • Madi says:

      Are there really parents who do this to their children? (genuinely asking as I have never met one) and do they go to the extent of not letting them read fairy tales as well? Surely this would be a greater harm to them than letting them believe in magical beings and folklore.

      • lisa2 says:

        Yes there are.. When I was teaching I would have 6 year olds that didn’t believe. The right of the parent of course. But I would just say that every family has their own beliefs; and if your family doesn’t believe then that is right for your family; but that some families do and that is right for them.

        She is right children need to have magic. When we get older the reality of the world comes fast and hard. Nothing wrong with thinking that wishes on a star come true or throwing a penny in a fountain and making a wish is fun.. I use to do the holidays up big for the kids.. and birthdays because the reality is that all children don’t have the same experiences. So keeping that in mind I tried to make every occasion special.

        My brothers and I kept the magic for years. It made the holiday in our family more special; even after we learned the truth.. Santa still comes to my house today.

      • Stef Leppard says:

        I bet they discourage it in Texas. Magic/imagination = witchcraft. I’m not even joking. I worked on some children’s textbooks made specifically for Texas and you could not use the words “conjure” or “imagine”(!) because they are apparently related to witchcraft.

      • Allie says:

        Um, I’m from Texas and I have no idea what you’re talking about. Imagination does not equal witchcraft, as far as I know. Neither does magic. Never heard of anyone “discouraging” fairy tales or make believe, either.

      • Meredith says:

        We don’t do Santa or the Tooth Fairy (or the Easter Bunny, but we’re not Christian, so that’s less relevant) with our daughter. It just seems like lying to us (but I’m not saying parents who do are liars. It’s just our personal feelings). Fairy tales are fine though — I see a big difference between presenting Santa as real and letting her read books with Santa or ogres or whatever.

      • Stef Leppard says:

        @allie, this was for a huge publishing company that I won’t name. The state of Texas provided specific instructions not to use the words “conjure” or “imagine” in the textbooks with the reason being that they were related to witchcraft. You are obviously a normal person and not some crazy-ass bureaucrat, but I swear that this truly happened.

      • Madi says:

        Hi Meredith. I am not Christian either but we did Easter Bunny and Santa for our children but celebrated Christmas and Easter as a celebration of family rather than a religious day. Did you celebrate these holidays, or did you just look on this as another day and did nothing special on those days? Sorry to be nosey, but I am fascinated now. I know a lot of non Christians don’t celebrate Christmas, but usually have another day where they treat it almost the same, Do you do something like that? Is there another day you celebrate as a family to the same extent?

        P.S. (sorry I am a trivia lover) The tooth fairy is not a Christian thing. It’s roots (excuse the pun) are possibly part of Norse mythology. Mind you Santa is believed to have derived from Odin (Norse God) who was a magical shape-shifter who flew through the sky on his eight legged horse mixed with some Christian beliefs, however most of the average Christmas festivities are actually pagan, not Christian.

      • Chris says:

        Admitting straight up that I have zero experience of young children, can I throw in my own feeling that fibs-to-amuse are a jolly good thing? I’m thinking of my Dad regularly pointing out a bombed- out gasworks in London in the early 60s and saying he went to school there, and at the same time taking us round an Irish mansion where he ‘was brought up’, or telling us the poker-faced soldiers on Horseguards’ Parade were specially chosen for their ability to speak Horse…..God, Dad was spinning fantasies all the time. I’d hate to think that stuff’d be aeen as lying though.

      • Madi says:

        @lisa2, Hiya, fascinating! I know there are parents with some very strong opinions on how teachers should be teaching their little cherubs; but did you/do you have problems around Christmas time with parents either one way or another? I know in the UK there is a lot of controversy for the past probably decade over whether children should be doing nativity plays or not. How does the US compare with this?

      • Esmom says:

        My aunt and uncle became “born again” Christians and among the changes they made were telling their two little boys that there was no Santa, etc. because that would be considered lying to them in the eyes of Jesus. My sister and I had already outgrown the magic but we and my mom were appalled. That “magic” was such a…well, magical part of our childhood that it made us sad that our little cousins wouldn’t get to experience the same wonder.

      • Meredith says:

        @Madi Thanks for the reply! Yes, we celebrate Christmas — I absolutely love Christmas, including the decor, the tree, the presents. For us, it’s more of a holiday about having fun and light in the dark of winter. The only difference between us and your average Christmas-celebrating family is that presents come from Mommy and Daddy, not Santa. Since I’m Wiccan, I suppose I could move the celebration over to the Solstice, but I don’t want my daughter to feel THAT different from the other kids. :)

        When I was growing up (I was raised Catholic), Easter was mainly a religious holiday, so I don’t feel as strong a connection to it as Christmas. So our family does egg-dying and an egg hunt for Ostara (vernal equinox) instead — eggs are a perfectly good Pagan symbol, as I’m sure you know! :)

        Good point about the tooth fairy — I did not know its history!

      • Josephine says:

        It’s not lying to allow your children to know that there are bigger things than them in the world, things that we can’t fully understand, and things like Santa, the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy are just easy representations of that. As my kids got older, I explained that Santa is a symbol for all of the generous and magical things that happen around the holidays.

      • Madi says:

        @Meredith. You celebrate Christmas the same as we do, but when my kids were young, they got both presents from us and a little from Santa. We excused it (well lied to them) by saying Santa couldn’t fit lots in his sleigh so you only get a few small things from him. I was also raised catholic (ha ha, love to know just how many people have left the entire Christian religion due to strict Catholic upbringings) but am not a pagan. I suppose I am agnostic bordering on atheist. I do have a deep fascination for different religions and their gods probably because I was bought up with us being numero uno and everyone else going to hell.

        Oh and the tooth fairy is celebrated all over the world no matter what your religion. Everyone has their version of the tooth fairy (or rat in some countries). In many Asian countries when children lose teeth they throw them up in the air and shout that they hope their teeth will be replaced with one of a mouse because mice teeth continue to grow. Middle Eastern children throw them in the air too to Allah. Vikings would pay children for their teeth to bring them luck and in middle ages Britain the children had to throw them into the fire so their teeth will be found in the afterlife

      • KB says:

        @stef leppard Born and raised in Texas, we always had Santa and Easter bunny cartoons and drawings up in school around that time. I think there might be less of that now because Christmas break has since become Winter break, but that’s got nothing to do with witchcraft lol. Don’t know what age the textbooks were for, but it seems to me the words conjure and imagine just don’t really have a place in textbooks.

      • Artemis says:

        I was (and still am) a person with a vivid imagination (to great dismay of teachers because I would just be in my own head a lot and I read a lot of fairy tales and what have you not and I hated the fact that adults tried to put things in my head and tried to take it away when I became ‘too old’ for it.

        Adults should let kids be. I will not put santa or the Easter bunny in any child’s head, they will have a rich imagination without an adult interfering. Even if a child knows it’s not real, they can still enjoy it so who cares that much tbh? Plus, let’s be real, it’s about consumerism mainly, not about ‘kids’ imagination’.

        Where I come from, there is also Sinterklaas which is practically the same as santa claus but highly racist and as a (birarcial) kid I hated it. And the fact that I’m supposed to believe that a white person in blackface (even as a child, I knew something was off with that crap) is something positive to believe in was highly confusing for me. Thus I was anxious when it would be that time of the year but my caretaker encouraged me to visit santa when we were in the mall. Horrible.

        Kids can fantasize all they want but Christmas etc are mainly about loving one another and being together which does not need material rewards.

      • Stef Leppard says:

        @kb
        They were for elementary school children. “Imagen” I can def see being in a textbook for young children. “Conjure” not so much, but we had to think of synonyms for “imagine” since we weren’t allowed to use it and that’s why “conjure” was also forbidden.

      • Sal says:

        Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in celebrating Christmas or birthdays. A JW child is not allowed to participate in any Christmas festivities or carols at school and if there is so much as a tree or any Christmas decorations at their house they can be charged with apostacy and Disfellowshipped. Nor are they allowed to have birthdays or go to others birthday parties. I always felt sorry for the JW kids who were never allowed to participate in anything fun. Not even choirs. It was a miserable childhood for most of them.

      • Belle Epoch says:

        Madi – one of my friend’s children looked at me (in front of my own little ones) and said, “my mommy told me there is no tooth fairy – SHE does it HERSELF.” I thought, what a freaking narcicissist! And said, “Well, in our house, the Tooth Fairy visits, and she brings stars from the sky (true – gold ones).” Magic is important!

        This story makes me love AJ even more.

    • maria says:

      Ha! My sister tried that with her 4 year old. Said that “santa won’t come to a kid whos room is as messy as this”. His response? “Well, when Santa comes I can come out of my room, he doesn’t need to see it”

    • Janet says:

      It’s funny how kids can adapt the Santa story to suit their own circumstances. We lived in an apartment building with no fireplaces and my five year old son was worried about how was Santa going to come if we had no chimney. He finally decided Santa would come crashing through the front door yelling “Ho-ho-ho”.

    • I was never, ever raised believing in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny…and I never made a huge deal about it..like I wasn’t that kid who went around telling other kids that Santa wasn’t real, etc. In fact, I remember one time, I was spending the night over my friend’s house when I was eight years old, and her mom came sneaking into her room in the middle of the night (because I’m a night owl, and I was up) to put money under her pillow because she’d lost a tooth. Good times.

      But I think my mom never told us that Santa was real, because she never had that when she was a kid–her family was really, really poor. For Christmas, every year, she would get a doll….she hated dolls.

      But I don’t see a big deal either way–I guess I don’t understand why you would tell your kids that something’s real when it isn’t, especially in a so called bid to get them to be good (when that really only works a few weeks before Christmas). If I wanted to teach my kids how to think about others, I’d have them do some sort of kiddie charity work (like go with me and pick out toys or clothes to donate to other kids or something), than tell them that Santa brings toys to every boy and girl in need (or something).

      • Artemis says:

        I so agree with you.

        I feel like it’s materialistic tied with a punishment-reward system that seems too controlled to be positive. It doesn’t seem kid-centred at all imo but whatever people tell themselves to justify lying and then having to tell the truth when parents think it’s not age appropriate to believe in santa. Apparently, there is a boundary on imagination.

        And yeah, what about those poor people? If a fantasy is linked with opulence, it’s not very welcoming either. Another boundary. Poverty sucks, especially on days were being poor is shoved in your face so I can imagine how your mom was not into selling santa after going through such hardships :(

        Yes, I think that’s a great idea. I would spend my Christmas with kids in poverty. That’s the real spirit of such holidays, spread the love! :)

      • Aussie says:

        Totally agree with this. My family were poor when we were growing up and mum didn’t let us think Santa was real. The neighbouring kids would get stacks of presents for Christmas and we would get one thing. The neighbours would go on about Santa and mum was of the opinion that it wasn’t fair to let us think that we hadn’t been as good as other kids so Santa hadn’t rewarded us as well with our one present. So she explained that Santa was a myth and had nothing to do with being good or bad. I understood that from a young age and was none the worse for wear because of it. Mind you kids in my class were not so accepting of the knowledge I then imparted – LOL.

        Now that i have a child of my own I debate with my parnter whether to tell my son that there is such a thing as Santa, but for differnt reasons. Finances are luckily no longer the issue, but as an atheist I feel hypocritical letting him believe about an imaginary man who brings presents, but then telling him that I don’t believe in a god. Why believe in one mythical magician and not another (in my opinion – no offence to those who are religious). It is hard to reconcile.

      • Meredith says:

        You bring up such a good point: what about when the parents can’t afford for Santa to visit? Do the kids just have to believe that they weren’t good, or Santa doesn’t care about them? Luckily that problem never happened when I was a kid, but my mom later told me that she didn’t think the Santa myth was fair to poor kids, and I agree.

      • Madi says:

        I can understand your mum’s point Virgilia Coriolanus. When our first was only 3 months old, we found out my father was dying and I quit my job (on maternity leave) left the country and went home to look after him. My husband came out 6 months later because even though he was supposed to have died within days, hung on, not getting better, but still there. During this time the pressure on me was huge with a new baby, and caring for someone who was going through the stages of life in the most horrendous way, I forgot to take the pill on a number of occasions and ended up pregnant again. By the time he died and we returned we were dirt poor for years trying to get back on our feet and only living off one small wage with 2 kids. I shopped at charity shops and car boot sales (like garage sales) for clothes for everyone, toys, books etc. We had £5 to spend on christmas, which we bought things that cost 20p-£1 (major present was the £1), we wrapped it in last years christmas paper, and this was from Santa, because Santa can’t fit much on his sleigh. When we got on our feet years and years later, the kids got something a little more expensive, but still the little presents were from Santa. Our kids never suffered, they believed it came from Santa and when they were older their old toys and bikes were cleaned (b4 Christmas) and wrapped and given to families who we knew that couldn’t afford much. Even to this day, all those years later, my kids give their old clothes etc to the orphanage across the road of a friend. My daughter decided when she was 16 to volunteer for the red cross and worked for them until she left school and got a job.

        Santa doesn’t need to give kids expensive presents, and if you want to you can easily explain it away. Hardest times are when they are old enough to actually want something more than anything, and we did achieve it by putting a little aside each week and never touching it, no matter what, then when it came to December they would write a list and we would choose the thing that we could afford from it.

      • Mouse says:

        I grew up poor and we had Santa. I never got what I wanted from Santa but my parents always made sure I got something from Santa and I always treasured the little gifts I did get from santa. It was a fun tradition that I milked til I was 17!

    • Jaxx says:

      Not just fun for my kiddo, but mucho fun for me too. I loved sneaking the UNWRAPPED Santa gifts under the tree Christmas morning. Leaving the cookies out for Santa. Helping write the letters to Santa. And I really loved tooth fairy stuff. I always sprinkled glitter and “fairy dust” across her window sill. I would leave letters from the tooth fairy on how clean and well flossed the tooth was so more moola would be left for this tooth. And don’t even get me started on Easter basket fun. I used to sprinkle a few pieces of round cereal “poops” by her basket and tell her it was an OOPS from the Bunny. I can still hear her giggle over that one. People who deprive their children of that kind of holiday wonder and magic on the grounds that “lying” will damage them just make me sad.

  6. Enuff Said says:

    Princess Z is gorgeous…as well as an inner beauty!!!

  7. Frida_K says:

    What a lovely young lady Z is turning out to be! She is going to be truly gorgeous as an adult woman.

    I saw Maleficent two days ago and loved it. Z was in it (blink and you miss her) and the scene where baby Aurora toddles up to Maleficent and she snarls “I don’t like children” was really touching. Vivienne just BEAMED at her mama. It was beautiful. I’m a wimp, I admit–I got a little bit of tears in my eyes at that sight.

    :)

  8. aemish says:

    WOW! Zahara steals the scene in those photos! Angelina must be very proud :D

  9. skipper says:

    Holy cow, Zahara is stunning!

  10. huh says:

    Z really is gorgeous.. But then she is Ethiopian and their women are in a league all their own

  11. serena says:

    Zahara is really a gorgeous little girl! Anyway I agree, a little magic during childhood is essential! :)

  12. zut alors! says:

    Zahara is indeed a gorgeous girl. Her eyes are so soulful and she looks like she has her mother’s poise and confident stance already. Her love for animal prints is clearly still in force; look at her carry on bag.

  13. OTHER RENEE says:

    I loved hearing my daughter exclaiming “My money! ” in her tiny little girl voice when she woke up and found a dollar bill taped to her bed after she lost a tooth.

  14. Rhiley says:

    Z does look a lot like Angie. She is beautiful. All f the Jolie-Pitts are gorgeous. I hope this family remains a tight knit bunch.

  15. Rhiley says:

    About the tooth fairy, I am all for her as long as she leaves children modest amounts. My nephews usually get a special coin or 2 dollar bill, but my sister said there are kids in their classes who get 25 dollar gift certificates to Target, or new video games. I think that is pretty tacky.

  16. Kat says:

    My god, that child is beautiful.

  17. lisa2 says:

    I don’t get the forever “hobo’ tag about Brad. He looks hot as hell; minus the hat..

    but nothing wrong with what he is wearing. Perfectly comfortable for a long flight. And the shirt is adorable. I saw a close up on a fan site and yes it is def. he and Angie holding hands. That such a PROUD DAD thing and I love that about him.

    Angie looks gorgeous.. Damn she just is stunning always. And so on point in what she is wearing. Not over the top or flashy; yet you can’t take your eyes off her.

    all the jp kids are cute to me and each reminds me of Brad/Angie in some way.

  18. AryaMartell says:

    Zahara looks like she’s ready to bring on the sass doesn’t she? I always got the feeling she was the super smart but brutally honest child in the family. I don’t think Brad looks terrible but he needs to ditch the hat and the funky glasses. What’s wrong with a pair of thin frames? Am I the only one who hates Angie’s outfit? The all black top makes her look like she just got off work at the restaurant. She should be wearing a black tank top and a black short sleave knitted cardigan with it.
    I’m surprised Angie is doing the Santa Claus thing, I figured she’d have deep philosophical issues with that but I’m not judging. Growing up, my parents were very adament that my brothers and I grow up living in the real world and my parents did not believe in lying to us or teaching us to be materialistic. The tooth fairy was persona non grata. We grew up with “Santa spirit gifts” where our parents gave each of us ONE gift that was special and meaningful. My brothers and I would usually band together and either make or get our parents a special” santa spirit gift.” I plan to do the same thing with my kids someday. I really believe that there is plenty of magic in the real world and everyday life without the need to lie to kids in this way. I don’t judge parents that do the Santa thing, I just don’t think it’s for my family.

  19. Suze says:

    Z seems to have grown up overnight. She was just little kid, now she is a beauty with incredible self possession. Mads is big, too – probably thinking don’t stop and tell the press anything else about my girlfriend, mom.

    I got no beef with Santa or the tooth fairy. Lots of people have “survived” these myths.

  20. Reece says:

    I’m still reeling from Maddox having a gf and NOW look a Z…when did they grow up?

  21. Nicolette says:

    Agree with her 100% about kids having ‘a little magic’. They grow up so fast these days, and it’s become harder to maintain the childhood innocence that they should have. Seeing them excited about Santa, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy coming is priceless. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of sitting by the window on Christmas Eve listening for Santa’s sleigh bells, or waking up in the middle of the night to try and catch him leaving presents.

    And on a side note, saw Maleficent friday night and I absolutely loved it!

  22. Esmom says:

    I’m with AJ on giving kids their magical moments, my boys were so caught up in Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. And they do grow up so fast that it’s nice to let them enjoy the wonder and awe for those years that fly by so fast.

    It was hard to finally tell my oldest when he demanded to know the truth…but I knew the time was right because some classmates of his had already learned “the truth” and I didn’t want him mocked for still believing. It’s been a few years since my kids learned the real story but I do think some residual “magic” remains during the holiday season, as it should.

    • eva says:

      I can still remember my mum and dad sitting me down to tell me, I sort of knew from as you say children in school, and they thought I hadn’t a clue, kept asking me if i was ok even kept offering me a cup of coffee, but I was sworn to secrecy being the eldest. I thought it was great being in on a big secret with my mum and dad.

      Your right christmas is a magical time of year regardless, it never spoilt it for me when I knew.

      • Chris says:

        My Catholic upbringing was chock full of Santa, fairy tales etc. I have a vivid memory of the gradual tearing of the magical veil of childhood imagination…..I was about 9 I guess and Ma found me in tears, cradling my doll. I told her I was losing the way into that ‘everything is possible’ magic land, though hardly in those words. She was great, gently explaining that all that stayed with me still, but that now I had new things to learn and enjoy, as an older girl. Just a rite of passage, but that magic was such a lovely gift while it lasted, I’d wish it for any child I know.

      • megsie says:

        I remember, too. Excitement because I knew the adult secret followed by a wave of hollow sadness that childhood was slipping out of my grasp. All things allowed to progress naturally, 9 is when we begin to leave the Neverland.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      I remember my youngest, I think he was 8, and he told me some of the kids in his class told him there was no Santa Claus and he wanted to know if it was true. I said “do you really want know?” He said “sure”…I said “are you sure” he said “Yup” I said “ok, there is no Santa. Dad and I buy the gifts….He looked at me for a second and the BURST INTO TEARS…I felt terrible…

      Zahara is beautiful and Maddox seems like such a well adjusted kid….just look at him compared to Willow Smith…

      • KB says:

        lol aww. Some kids take it pretty hard. Someone posted a link further up where Brad Pitt was talking about how angry he was, and how he felt lied to when he found out. I found out driving in the car with my dad. I was 6 or 7 and skeptical and I asked how there could be both an Easter bunny and Santa Clause and I asked him if they were real and he said “what do you think?” And I said I didn’t believe it and he just smiled. My mom was so mad that he didn’t keep up the lie lol I was okay with it though, I think it’s more traumatizing when a kid believes and then other kids say it isn’t true.

      • eva says:

        Aww man, don’t say that. I’ve told my first two with no problems, my third is an Aspie so I don’t think he’ll care, now my youngest will probably be devastated, she’s such a little princess and gets so worked up over everything, easter, birthdays, mothers day, fathers day you name it any occasion is a big deal, plus her birthday is Boxing day so I’m not looking forward to potentially ruining her birthday that year either.

    • DiamondGirl says:

      I told mine, when they started questioning, that Santa Claus comes until you don’t believe in him anymore. They probably figured it out of course, but hedged their bets a little longer because it’s FUN.

      “Never lie to children”. That’s absurd in this situation.

    • Lady D says:

      When I was 4 years old, I woke up in the middle of the night on Xmas Eve. I really had to pee but I heard a noise in the front room. I thought it was Santa, and I didn’t want to scare him away so I pee’d my bed for the first time in over 2 years. I was a believer.

  23. Allie says:

    Zahara is a carbon copy of her biological mom! Strong genes, I guess.

    • MaryIV says:

      Where have you seen pictures of her bio-mom? Didn’t know their was any.

    • lisa2 says:

      I would imagine many if not all adopted children are genetically similar to their biological parents.

      regardless Zee still looks and acts a lot like her MOTHER.. Angelina to me. I guess genetics are everything in the end.

      • Karen says:

        Lol Lisa, yeah…..haha I wonder why people would think a child wouldn’t at least somewhat resemble their biological parents.

        Anyway Zahara is so gorgeous and I actually do think she looks similar to Angelina…..the big lips, big almond shaped eyes, and big forehead.

    • lisa2 says:

      @Karen
      I think that was a subtle shade at Angie as the mother. I could be wrong but I feel as if it is. I mean we know that Angie is not the biological mother; so obviously Zahara looks like someone genetically connected to her. But my point was AND.. because Angie is the ONLY mother this child has known.

      I don’t see anyone saying this about any other celebrity with adopted children.

      I sensed the shade.

      • Jaxx says:

        Not sure on the shade issue, but I think it is entirely possible for Z to resemble her mother, Angelina. She may not have Angie’s genetics but she has lived with her since she was an infant. Of course she would pick up Angie’s mannerisms, facial expressions, poise, confidence, etc., so would look like her mother. Mothering is about a whole lot more than donating an egg. I don’t know who donated the sperm in Z’s genetics, but if you watched her I’m sure you would see a lot of Brad in her too. Clearly I fall on the side of “nurture” being just as significant as “nature.”

  24. Paige says:

    I did believe in the tooth fairy but not Santa Claus :( I did believe in Santa until I was about six or seven. My Grandma who’s a Christian told me he didn’t exist. She told me I should believe in Jesus Christ not a “man in a red suit”. Smh I didn’t live with her and I could celebrate Christmas the way my parents did but it was ruined :( When I have children someday I will never do that to them.

    The Jolie-Pitt family is gorgeous. Brad’ s shirt is too cute. The kids probably love that their parents wear things they that make. It’s sweet and encouraging. :)

    • Sonya says:

      I was just about to say that it depends on how they found out it wasn’t real. Your story kind of confirms that. :) Sorry it happened that way, I have noticed that most adults that are upset they were “lied” to have a pretty rough “finding out the truth story.”

  25. Allie says:

    Why am I jealous of a child? Z is gorgeous! Not fair 😭

  26. zyfoo says:

    z is stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and i always thought she resembled angie :)

  27. Lola says:

    All of a sudden everything is “magic” since she’s done Malcifient (or however you spell it)

  28. Fan says:

    She is right and wise. What an amazing and beautiful lady.

  29. jonB says:

    Cheating has magic in it too

    • Sal says:

      How is that relevant since its been proven neither cheated? Get your facts straight. Post that on an Aniston thread, since she is a three times cheater and homewrecker.

      • JonB says:

        Yeah right! Just after he and jennifer filed for divorce , he was photographed with you saint . How convinient! And Sal you have got to ge a life !

      • Sal says:

        He was photographed for a work photoshoot with her. To promote M&MS. All actors do promo photoshoots. It was WORK! Even Aniston did them with Vince Vaughn, when she was still legally married. Before she broke up Justin and Heidi and had an affair with Justin on set. And I’m not the one bitterly clinging to something that happened in 2005. Newflash, its 2014! MOVE ON! I think its YOU who needs to get a life, since you’re STUCK IN THE PAST. Grow up and get a life, and get your facts straight in future so you won’t look so stupid. Oh, and put down the tabloids. You’re too gullible to work out fact from fiction.

    • Rose says:

      I dont know nothing about cheating. I just think she and (Brad) are a litle fake. So you go an intire week to England and you leave 4 of your children at home alone? I know, they are with the nanies. That`s what people in HW do. Leave the children with the nanies. And BTW, why I never saw any of them alone with Shiloh ? What are they hiding?

  30. Claire says:

    My parents did the whole thing – Easter Bunny and letters from Santa and the Tooth Fairy. I have carried that on and hope my kids do for their kids. Not religious in the slightest. To me its magical and a tradition and I would never ever think otherwise.

  31. NAS says:

    Me again…trying hard not to come off as preachy. Let me preface the following with “to you your way, to me mine”…i must say i am reading words such as “believe”, “magic”, “imagine” etc. Okay – life is tough and confusing as is, and in my opinion is getting tougher; in my brain, i wouldn’t want to instill something into my growing/trusting child and then expect him/her to all of a sudden be able to differentiate between what is to be “believed” and what is “magic/fairy tale”. My brain tells me that whatever i instill instill into my child, i want to leave no room for ambiguity. If my child holds fast to something i have instilled into him/her, and then finds it to be untrue, are they simply expected to take it in stride withouth feeling confusion? Are they not to question other things i instilled into them? I believe their imagination will have enough shock when they figure out on their own that animals don’t actually speak human language and that cartoons aren’t real. Would it be okay to tell them myself whay they see on tv isn’t real? Jumping in front of things and knocking one another out will not result in one popping back up unscathed, but they will automatically know such things? Etc etc. Just my perspective. I believe in keeping it real cuz life is confusing as is and i know my kids will doubt me in their teens; i dont want add fuel to fire. I do agree there was a real Mr. Claus who passed out gifts, right? But coming down chimney etc.? What is to be said to the wise child claiming there is no chimney in our house, or questions the fire going in the fireplace? On and on. Parents, take credit for the thoughtfulness and hard-earned money put into the gifts for your children. I would!

  32. Amberica says:

    My seven-year-old lost his 3rd tooth this year, looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Do moms and dads just take the teeth and leave the money”. In that case, not answering him would’ve been lying. So I told him, but it sounded like a lot what AJ said. I told him moms and dads do it to give their kids a little magic so that they won’t be scared of their teeth falling out, which, face it, can be a bit scary for kids. He didn’t ask about Santa. I’m sure he’s got it figured out but he loves the magic, the Elf on the Shelf, etc. I’m certainly not going out of my way to tell him.

  33. kpist says:

    My daughter is 23. One time I wrote “from mom” on her presents and she told me to keep writing “from Santa”. I still write “from Santa” today.

    • jjva says:

      Aw, that is really sweet. I’m 34 and my parents still write “From Santa” on some of their gifts to me and my husband!

    • megsie says:

      ha! My mom did the same. And it was true, too, very true. For children, with their pictorial imaginations, Santa is a fat jolly man in red suit flying down from the North Pole with a bag of presents. The more adult understanding is that Santa is the spirit of Christmas and the spirit of giving. As my mom explained to me when I learned the ‘truth’, Santa IS real. If you are ‘good’, the spirit of Christmas will come to you, and through you to others. But if you are ‘naughty’, well … there’s Scrooge. :D

  34. alliyo says:

    Has anyone seen/met AJ in person? I would love to hear about it!

  35. Lauraq says:

    Awww I remember when she first adopted Maddox and Cosmo interviewed her…She said she didn’t know how to deal with Santa and the Tooth Fairy because she never wanted to lie to her child…Cool to watch people grow!