posted on Dec, 11 2008 @ 07:26 PM
What if the teacher said there was no God? There is such thing as cultural sensibilities regardless of what one might see as truth.
That's different. Not to start any kind of religious war (that was in the middle ages
) but there's a difference between God and Santa. Despite
what certain people believe, Santa is definitely made up. (Okay, the Santa we all know. Yes, there probably was a St. Nicholas but I don't feel like
Googling anything right now.) Anyway, God is a grey area and one cannot say "God is not real" and have it taken the same way as "Santa is not
real." Santa is not real, religion is a different story. They are not mutually exclusive.
Anyway, I kind of agree with the people who think the teacher was right. Now, they may not have done it in the best way, but could perpetuating a lie
for that long only to have the child (probably) discover it themselves really be worth it? I mean, how many of you all here discovered on your own
that Santa was not real and felt more horrible than if your parents had told you? I kind of expected it once I saw that the wrapping paper matched the
one in the parents' room, but some parents might be good at hiding things.
And, how embarrassing must it be when a child's in school and nearly everyone knows the truth but that child doesn't? This is a sort of
double-whammy, because the child finds out at school AND they are made fun of for still believing in Santa.
I think teaching kindness and selflessness is a great thing, but I don't think that Santa is the best way to do it. It would be nice if someone had
done a study on the lives of kids who did believe in Santa versus the ones who knew right off the bat. I mean think about it. If you never tell your
child that Santa is real they won't be disappointed.
You can still teach the values Santa teaches and not have to perpetuate the lie.