What to Tell the Children?

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So, is Santa Claus real?

This is the most commonly asked question when Christmas is approaching and kids become really curious whether they will receive the gifts they had asked for or not. Should they send letters to Santa?

You see, it’s really confusing for children. Not all of the parents let their kids reside in the fantasy world in which Santa Claus is real. The trouble is that the non-believer kids go to the same schools as the believer kids. Word goes around and children don’t know who to trust. So, ultimately they ask their parents for confirmation.

Now, this is where things get contentious. There are two kinds of parents: the ones that are pro-Santa and let their children believe in Santa and the second that are anti-Santa and who don’t let their children reside in the dream world. There’s a third party also who doesn’t side with anybody and just let their children figure it out by themselves.

These parents think that telling their kids that Santa is real is as bad as blatantly lying. As the child grows up and finds out that Santa isn’t real, he will feel betrayed and his trust on his parents will fall to bits.

They say that they keep trying to instill honesty in their kids and if they lie about Santa Claus, it is going to make them hypocrites. Another debate that some parents give is that Santa Claus myth puts children on the receiving end of the gifts and consequently, kids believe that getting gifts is their right and they become reluctant to give gifts. Some parents also think that being on a good behavior only for the sake of receiving gifts is not a fantastic value for kids.

Many also prefer to focus on the Christmas traditions, Christmas decoration and Christmas business to recreate the magic at the end of year festivities without lying to their children.

The Pro-Santa Point of View:

Children should be given a opportunity to live in a fantasy world because they’ll have to face the actual life as they grow up anyway. Why spoil their childhood by telling them that Santa is not real?

Some of those parents even become Santa themselves (the Santa get up, complete with the white beard and the famous’ho, ho, ho’ laugh) so that when their kids stay awake to catch a glimpse of Santa, they could surprise them.

These parents think that letting children believe in Santa Claus will enable their creativity to grow and it will make the children believe in generosity and hope. We understand how important that is, don’t we? They let the children live in the fantasy world so long as they would like because sooner or later kids figure it out on their own that Santa is not really real.

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