Recently, a friend posted on FB how pissed off he was because the mall Santa didn't ask his 6 y/o what she wanted for after waiting 45 min in line.
Even his daughter new something was up when she asked if Santa was even real. So now what do you do? Tell another lie or tell the truth? If you chose
the former, well, you'll be lying again next year. But more sophisticated lies.
Now, I have never had the pleasure of raising kids, but I'm sure I would never endorse the Santa . For one, while it may seem like a fun white lie at
first, I can clearly see the conundrum to follow with re-enforced lies to perpetuate the originating lie. It doesn't sit right with me.
Second, the whole "be good or Santa will forget you" concept is disturbing to me. As a parent, no one would take precedence over me other than the
police and only I should be in control of how my child behaves. Not Santa. Resorting to this can not only undermine a parents authority, but what
happens when a child doesn't get what they want? Another lie? I don't know, never been there but I can imagine there will be some explaining to do.
The consumer application is an obvious one. Children are asking for ipads for crying out loud lol. Santa has now turned into a consumer's nightmare
and used as a merchant to peddle products for corporations.
Who is Santa anyway?
According to a tradition which can be traced to the 1820s, Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, with a large number of magical elves, and nine
(originally eight) flying reindeer. Since the 20th century, in an idea popularized by the 1934 song "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
While Santa is a secular character adopted by Christians, he never played much role in my memories as being a fantastical magical being. I always knew
gifts the next morning were from my parents and I always knew where they were stashed beforehand. I do believe in the magic of Christmas and how Santa
was a great story back in a time where things were much different, but I think it may be time to let go. Unfortunately, we can't and we are forced to
go along with the myth. Forced to continue this lie for the sake of others even if we don't agree. Forced to shop for Santa.
It looks like I'm in the minority according to the link below. 31% no 69% yes. I don't know and please, I'm not a scrooge. Just I think I can see
clearly past the Santa bit and it's really lost it's charm. I'm curious about what some of the parents think?
Edit to add: This image was floating around my facebook today
To those who have children asking about Santa, how do you explain this?
I guess I started this thread because of this today.
edit on 22-12-2011 by FlySolo because: (no reason given)