posted on Dec, 11 2008 @ 03:18 PM
The following statement comes from a 19 year old with no children. So, I cannot understand a parent's perspective, but I will give my own
Yes, telling children to believe in Santa is lying to them. No, it's not wrong to always tell a lie. Would you tell your sweet loving grandmother
that she is ugly, wrinkly, pruny, no fun, and a waste of space? Would you tell a pregnant woman she's ugly because her belly is poking out? I hope
not! Lies are only as bad as the significance of the truth. In this case, it's not that big of a deal once kids realize Santa is not real, depending
on how important that lie is to them. That is why this scenario is more controversial and devastating to the children.
That said, I'm not sure whether I'll tell my kids about Santa or not. Before reading this thread I would have said no. Now, with the heartfelt posts
from parents about the joy in their childrens' eyes, I'm not so sure. On the other side, couldn't the kids get just as much joy knowing that their
loving parents buy them all these great gifts on Christmas? And wouldn't that joy be better because it is now focused towards the parent instead of
their appreciation going towards an imaginary man?