reply to post by Logos23
I completely agree. My husband's dad... (my husband's parent never married and split shortly before he was born, each of them remarried.) He had his
second son with his wife when my husband was 20. We were on our way to being married and planning on having our first child in 2 years time. He came
to our home to visit one year around the holidays, now, my family and my husband are Christian, but his father is just to the extreme (yes, to me,
even as being a Christian, there are those who are just so extreme at it that its annoying and off putting and really seriously goes against exactly
what Jesus spoke about in the bible to begin with.) anyway...He and his wife had taught their son that Santa wasn't real, that the story was based
off of a saint, but that they don't believe in Saints, because thats only for Catholics .... Santa takes away from Jesus....etc etc etc. But here,
you have this child, 4 years old, parents telling him Santa is not real, but theres these cartoons of the man, and movies, people dressed up in the
mall...etc, decorations all around my home, etc. We go to church that Sunday, and lo and behold..there is this man... who, if there could be a perfect
image of Santa? He was it! Red pants, white shirt, white beard, big belly, most beautiful blue eyes.... all the children were running up to him to hug
him ...right there in church (and no..he was not a Santa
) so, my father in law's son..runs right up and exclaims, I knew he was real! I knew it!
Now, of course, my husband's father admonished him and talked the whole service about how someone at church should have pulled the man aside so the
children didn't react that way...etc etc. We just rolled our eyes, went about our day..which included a trip to six flags...where there was batman.
He loved batman..so there we are...just coming from Church, where Santa is a figment of the imagination, and not real and how dare anyone should
believe in him or do that at church....and no we do not teach our children about a fake man who brings presents because it's very wrong to lie to
your children that way...straight on to six flags where theres batman, robin, joker, cat woman,,.. and I forget all the other superheros and every
where we turn my husband's father is exclaiming "Look ...... it's batman!" "look ...... it's robin!" .... at the end of the day he then turns
to him and asks "So.... what did you think about seeing and meeting the actual batman today!? how cool was that? now you can tell all your friends
that you actually got to meet Batman!" .... My husband and I just were so confused...how in the world was that any different? not to mention that
here....they spent 4 years telling this kid..Santa is not real..but guess what...he believed anyway.
So, I don't think it has a thing to do with your parents, I don't think the story of santa has a thing to do with if your gonna trust your parents
or not...it comes down to deeper issues than that, on if you distrust the world around you and your parents, I don't think the story of Santa has
anything to do with that in anyway what so ever. Either your parents have instilled trust and confidence of themselves in you, or they didn't...Santa
ain't gonna change that either way.