Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Should we let our kids believe in Santa?

Every year around Christmas time, the trees come out and our kids write letters to Santa Claus, a fictitious man who lives in the north pole and brings presents to the good girls and boys. But should

we really let our kids believe in this magical man who brings them gifts every year? Today I'd like to tell you what I think.

Everybody wants some kind of hope, something to look forward to. And for some kids, Santa is just that. He represents the hope of a magical Christmas. By letting our kids believe in Santa we give them hope. It's also a convenient way to get them to behave for a few weeks, hoping that they won't get coal in their stalkings. So letting our kids believe in Santa is no doubt a good thing. But is there a dark side?

I'm sure we all know someone who has had to tell their kids there is no Santa Claus, maybe you've even had to do it yourself. Suddenly, upon the revelation that their belief in Santa has been in vain, all their hopes are shattered. All the joy that was brought on by the anticipation of Santa Claus coming down the chimney is gone, replaced by sadness at the loss of their hero. It kind of breaks a childs heart to learn that their childhood hero was all a lie, a made up story like the monster under the bed.

Personally, I do not believe our kids should be allowed to believe in Santa. The same joy, the same feeling of anticipation that is brought on by waiting for Santa can be brought simply by seeing the presents under the tree, wondering what they are, and finally opening them on Christmas morning. We don't need to deceive our kids into believing in some magical elf living in the north pole to bring them joy, because we can bring that same joy to them ourselves.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to comment, share and connect with me on Twitter! I'd love to hear your opinions on this!

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!


No comments:

Post a Comment