Justin Bieber may credit his mother Pattie with his rise to pop stardom, but the 17-year-old has revealed he was never given the chance to believe in Santa Claus as a child. The Baby hitmaker will no doubt enjoy his Christmas break after a busy year, but he won't be heading to bed early come December 24, 2011.
During an interview with AOL Music, Bieber claims to have never experienced the feeling of waiting for Santa's arrival, saying, "My mom always told me there wasn't a Santa.That was her logic: She thought if I grew up knowing about Santa then finding out he wasn't real, that it would be like she was lying to me". Justin claims his mother feared a boy-who-cried-wolf scenario and thought her son wouldn't believe there was a God if he felt betrayed about Santa. Nevertheless, the singer applauded his mother's parenting skills, saying her decision was "straight-up and honest" and adding, "I didn't tell my friends or ruin it for anyone - I was a good kid!" Despite not believing in Saint Nicholas, Bieber and his family came up with a unique way of exchanging gifts, with the singer explaining, "We played a game on Christmas Day where everyone brought a girl gift and a boy gift. You roll the dice and if you get doubles, you get to pick a present and if you don't, it's the next person's turn. One time I really wanted a Game Boy but I ended up with pots and pans, which was disappointing".
Justin has certainly been getting into the festive mood this year, what with the release of his huge selling Christmas album 'Under the Mistletoe', featuring collaborations with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. He also performed at Stevie Wonder's House Full of Toys holiday benefit in Los Angeles on Saturday (December 17, 2011).