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Originally posted by spacedoubt
reply to post by 1/2 Nephilim
As far as I can tell, all Holiday's secular and non secular are based on nostalgia, one way or another.
They typically celebrate something from the past. Many have some not-so-accurate stories to go along with them.
If you think it's harmful to tell the Santa story, that's ok. Many others think it's just fine to share that story, then let them "in" on it, when they get older. When you come over for dinner, we'll tell everyone about Uncle Scrooge.
Originally posted by davespanners
One of the stories my Dad always tells about my childhood is that one Christmas while opening my gifts I asked my parents "Did Santa bring me all of these?" To which they replied "Yes" I then asked my dad "So why didn't YOU buy me any presents then?"
I can still just about remember the excitement of Christmas Eve, not being able to sleep, waking my parents up extra early so I could open some gifts before anyone else, but I really can't remember at what age I stopped believing in Santa or if I ever actually really believed in him at all.
One of my huge pet peeves is lying, even small lies of omission or "white lies" drive me crazy I'm not sure we can class telling kids about Santa as harmful though, we don't see lines of adults in the psychiatrist office complaining of being affected by Post Traumatic Santa Disorder or have many people having flash backs over their Santa trauma every time they hear Sleigh Bellsedit on 26/11/12 by davespanners because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by OMsk3ptic
....The idea that "lying is bad, period", is nothing more than a weak human construct, people who aren't able to see the world is filled with shades of grey. Absolute right and wrong doesn't exist.
Theres no telling what kind of impact it has on them later in life. I know this much though, there are alot of liars in the world and this HUGE WHITE LIE in everyones face, that everyone plays along with, might have a little something to do with it.
Originally posted by boymonkey74
reply to post by OMsk3ptic
Yeah I remember me and my Brother hearing the reindeers bells, turned out it was my mum on a ladder outside our window.
I forgot about that until I read your post cheers dude .
Originally posted by tgidkp
reply to post by MidnightSunshine
yes, if you wanted to make it sound trite and petty, you could phrase it like that.
or, you might say ...
the minds of modern society are conditioned from a very young age to accept cognitive dissonance as a way of life, the "Santa Claus conspiracy" being a major contribution.