If it's ok to believe in Santa, then how is it any different than believing in aliens, ghosts, or Big Foot?
Some people here need to examine how this thread discussion makes them feel. You say there's no harm, yet for some this can't even be considered as
valid conversation... And why is that? Because you need a reality check: your programming runs deep and you refuse to see the matrix. Even on this
site, there are many who just can't do it.
Call me what you want... I could care less.
My observation is that adults perpetuate the Santa lie to help themselves more than anything else. Let's face it... The holidays are not very happy
times when you're pressured to over spend, over eat, deal with crowds and relatives you hate, not to mention the bad weather and lack of sunshine.
Seeing children dazzled by the "magic" alleviates all that crap.
I've had this discussion many times before and based on that plus my own experience as a child I feel the need to point out something no one has
mentioned here yet which I feel is of some importance. Where do most kids find out Santa isn't real? From their friends at school or an older sibling.
When does this usually happen? This varies but usually as they're entering the tween or pre-tween stage of life. I don't think this is the best time
for a kid to find out their parents have been lying to them their whole life, especially from their friends. They're entering a time in their lives
where they will need a lot of parental guidance but who are they going to turn to? The parents who lie and even put unspoken pressure on the child to
keep up the charade for the parents sake, or their school friends who finally showed them the light and told the truth.
Long story short I think it's a bad time for a child to start trusting their friends over their parents... As if there's ever a good time for that.
I don't care if anyone agrees, I'm just offering up my opinion (as I thought was the point of this site) and hoping that people take a long hard look
at the underpinnings and implications of such a seemingly harmless fable.
On a personal note, I had fabulous Christmases as a child, full of the "magic" and tons of gifts. While I have such fond memories, I also believe that
set me up for ultimate disappointment later in life. It's like a high you're constantly chasing but somehow never seem to be able to duplicate. Which
is why I say that the whole mess is perpetuated. It's a never ending cycle deeply rooted in sentiment and emotion, and all these companies trying to
sell you and your kids their crap knows that. Despite my good memories, I refuse to lie to my children, and will still provide them with wonder and
delight while basing their experience on all the things that are important. I refuse to support the gross consumerism and will never impose that on my
Not brooding in lies is a plus in my opinion, and does not strip a child of innocence or imagination. It's an opportunity to focus on important values
and establishing just as treasured lifelong memories.
Merry Christmas to all my fellow ATSers!
edit on 22-12-2011 by SilverStarGazer because: (no reason given)