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« Reply #30: December 29, 2010, 04:48:23 pm »

DOOD, I never heard of the Tooth Fairy bringing presents... just pocket change! Smiley

My tooth fairy gave me five dollar bills (and I think twenty when I had to get some stuck-loose canine teeth pulled).  I never complained because the other kids were jealous (and $5 went a long way when I was five).
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« Reply #31: December 29, 2010, 04:55:47 pm »

My tooth fairy gave me five dollar bills (and I think twenty when I had to get some stuck-loose canine teeth pulled).  I never complained because the other kids were jealous (and $5 went a long way when I was five).

Good lord.  I only ever got quarters, as far as I recall.
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« Reply #32: December 29, 2010, 05:03:08 pm »

Good lord.  I only ever got quarters, as far as I recall.

I used to think I was something, getting a dollar per tooth, till the other kids at the stuck-up private school I was attending on a scholarship informed me that they were getting fives and tens.

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« Reply #33: December 29, 2010, 06:14:19 pm »

Good lord.  I only ever got quarters, as far as I recall.

I think it depends on how old you are and how rich your parents are,  The most I heard of when I was a kid was a dollar,  I got quarters.  BUt I'm 44 and the toothfairy stopped in 1976.
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« Reply #34: December 29, 2010, 06:21:39 pm »

I think it depends on how old you are and how rich your parents are,  The most I heard of when I was a kid was a dollar,  I got quarters.  BUt I'm 44 and the toothfairy stopped in 1976.

My parents were not exactly rich back then (or now) but my sister and I both got $5 a tooth.  And having to wake up with glitter all over us.
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« Reply #35: December 29, 2010, 06:27:42 pm »

I think it depends on how old you are and how rich your parents are,  The most I heard of when I was a kid was a dollar,  I got quarters.  BUt I'm 44 and the toothfairy stopped in 1976.

My parents were fairly well off when I was young, but that (and the practice of giving me VHS tapes for teeth) ended not too long after my mom's accident. After a certain point I got nothing for my teeth, IIRC.
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« Reply #36: December 29, 2010, 06:28:07 pm »

And having to wake up with glitter all over us.

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« Reply #37: December 29, 2010, 07:12:43 pm »

I think it depends on how old you are and how rich your parents are,  The most I heard of when I was a kid was a dollar,  I got quarters.  BUt I'm 44 and the toothfairy stopped in 1976.

I'm not-quite-31, so mid-late 80's.  My parents were only just starting to dig themselves out of being pretty poor, though, I think.
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« Reply #38: December 29, 2010, 09:48:30 pm »

You're aware that you just skipped over every non-Western culture, right? There are a ton of cultures that don't celebrate Christmas, nevermind believe in Santa Claus. I'm in a Western country - the Netherlands - and Santa Claus has only started to become a bit of a thing here over the last decade or so. Traditionally, Sinterklaas - St. Nicholas - is a far more important figure here.

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yeah but every culture almost has an incarnation of santa that is true.
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« Reply #39: December 29, 2010, 09:53:48 pm »

yeah but every culture almost has an incarnation of santa that is true.

Really?  Please provide a list of these "incarnations" along with a long list of sources.
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« Reply #40: December 29, 2010, 10:49:07 pm »

yeah but every culture almost has an incarnation of santa that is true.

I don't think it's even close to all cultures that have a version of Santa. Many western nations do. And many of the "believers" elsewhere are Christian or have been influenced by other western beliefs. I don't think the Santa figure in non western countries was organic and formed with no western influence.  Wink When compare to all the cultures that exist, it's merely a handful that have a joyful wintertime gift giver. Even places that are in the west, don't necessarily have a local Santa. As a child, I certainly don't remember any stories about a fat stranger who watches me sleep, judges my behavior and then breaks into my house and leaves unknown packages.  Cheesy

Where I'm from, the idea of Santa is more of a joke. Used for advertising and tourism. The "Santas" I saw in Jamaica were young muscled men wearing speedos and the red fuzzy hat. They were attempting to get female tourists to sit on their lap for a photo op. (Better than the rum soaked Santa at the mall I say! Tongue) This is certainly not a "version" of Santa anymore than an exotic dancer in a nurse's outfit is a type of Physician's assistant.

When I moved to the U.S. as a child, I didn't buy into the Santa hoopla, because I figured if he were real I would have heard about it already. I mean, why wouldn't he come to Jamaica?  Huh As for the tooth fairy, I didn't believe in that hogwash either. But that didn't stop me from putting my tooth under my pillow in case she existed!  Cheesy
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« Reply #41: December 29, 2010, 11:04:17 pm »

My parents were fairly well off when I was young, but that (and the practice of giving me VHS tapes for teeth) ended not too long after my mom's accident. After a certain point I got nothing for my teeth, IIRC.

When I was thirteen, i had six teeth cut out (no adult teeth behind them) preparatory for braces, the tooth fairy gave me all my teeth back.  I think they are still at my parents house.  As the toothfairy, I have a box of my kids teeth.
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« Reply #42: December 30, 2010, 01:55:23 am »

When I was thirteen, i had six teeth cut out (no adult teeth behind them) preparatory for braces, the tooth fairy gave me all my teeth back.  I think they are still at my parents house.  As the toothfairy, I have a box of my kids teeth.

So it isn't just my part time job then? I have Elizabeth's in a little box, too!
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« Reply #43: December 30, 2010, 05:28:27 am »

*writes down in "Parenting Ideas" journal*

Yeah, that idea is so cool.
If I ever happen to babysit a kid that happens to loose a tooth in that time, I will so do this.  Cheesy
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« Reply #44: December 30, 2010, 03:07:42 pm »

I think it depends on how old you are and how rich your parents are,  The most I heard of when I was a kid was a dollar,  I got quarters.  BUt I'm 44 and the toothfairy stopped in 1976.

Exactly. Now, I was -born- in '76, but I don't remember ever getting more than like, two or three bucks for a tooth, and more like one when I was a child.
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