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Originally posted by zonetripper2065
reply to post by 1/2 Nephilim
Big deal get over it, and dont tell others how to raise their kids.
Originally posted by 1/2 Nephilim
Looking back to my childhood and the way I look at people now, I wouldn't have been ashamed of my elders for telling me the truth OR never telling me that laundry list of lies to begin with. If anything it would be the opposite, I would have respected them more. I remember being 7 or 8 and other kids moms, teachers, grown-ups bending down asking "Looking forward to Santa coming?" and being like No? wtf do you take me for?
So my point is that by telling your kids these myths not only are you losing they're trust but your teaching them that its alright to be dishonest sometimes. Telling them about Jesus or your religion is totally different, you believe that yourself. Telling them things that you know for a fact are untrue is wrong though. My story about my friend and his son at the beginning of the thread was totally made up, now does that make me a bad person? No, but it makes me dishonest and you will be less inclined to believe what I say now. Thanks for reading!edit on 26-11-2012 by 1/2 Nephilim because: (no reason given)edit on 26-11-2012 by 1/2 Nephilim because: (no reason given)edit on 26-11-2012 by 1/2 Nephilim because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by littled16
My family will continue to foster the "Santa Conspiracy" for the sake of my grandgirl. When she bangs on her toy piano wailing "Twinkle, twinkle little star" and asks us if she sounds pretty we always tell her she sounds as beautiful as a songbird. When she chases us with arms outstretched moaning "Zombie!" we act scared and run. We play along when her favorite stuffed bear Mr. Roosevelt needs a cookie. All of it is part of the magic of childhood.
Santa is a part of childhood that teaches our children that anonymous giving that makes others happy without the giver receiving personal recognition is a GOOD thing. Even after the belief in Santa is outgrown the lesson is instilled in them for a lifetime. Sure, there are those like the OP who resent being lied to, but if their parents had never "disillusioned" them about Santa they would find some other reason to accuse their parents of traumatizing them anyway. My guess would be when they have children of their own they might feel differently toward Santa.
Originally posted by LittleBlackEagle
reply to post by riverwild
it was the truth, whether it sounds good or not. you know as well as i do how this holiday has evolved and it isn't about friendship and sharing, family or caring, it's about big corps selling their wares as fast as possible. it's about them quilting families into believing they must buy their kids the most expensive gifts as possible since they are competing with all the other parents.
this spirit of giving they constantly pump people up with is nothing more than marketing and sales, same tactics they use for every other holiday. the true spirit of giving can be seen in good people everyday of their lives and shouldn't be dirtied by the notion that money has anything to do with it.
whens the last time you saw an add for a christmas gift that entailed actually helping people out? hey this is the CEO of wally-world and we would like to give a hundred families the chance to travel abroad and help feed and educate some third world fellow humans? how about, "this christmas please save some money you have for gifts and donate to those less fortunate", never ever heard any big box stores say anything like that.
perhaps, "this christmas we have decided to give all our employees off for christmass eve since this isn't about the money, but about family and caring"... reality, this is the ceo of wally-world and we're friggin open every minute of everyday because we want more money and our employees don't mean chit."
reality it seems, is not so popular these days.