Is society obligated to maintain the Santa story?

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Is society obligated to maintain the Santa story?
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Tue, 12-20-2011 - 4:49pm

On a work forum I frequent, a mom posted a bit of a rant about a story on Yahoo's homepage about Justin Bieber's parents not allowing him to believe in Santa. She was outraged that this story exposed Santa as being a fake.

My response was that any child young enough/immature enough to still believe in Santa shouldn't be roaming around online reading news without heavy monitoring

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Registered: 02-04-2009

We've been discussing that topic on another board and in my opinion it's up to each parent to provide the level of "protection" to their children against exposure to the truth about Santa they feel appropriate, not the rest of the world to do it for them.

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Registered: 10-06-2010
I'm with you. I don't think society at large has any obligation to propogate lies - whether they're intended for fun or not.

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Registered: 05-31-2011

I am glad that I am not alone in this. They made it seem like I roam the streets telling kids that Santa doesn't exist right after I pop their balloons and steal their candy for thinking in such a way.

It seems like we're moving toward a more childcentric society everyday. There's problems in extremes.

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Registered: 03-27-2000

Seriously, do they think they can prevent their kids from finding out somewhere other than the media too?

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Registered: 03-29-1999
If a kid is sharp enough to pick upnon an article on a computer screen by just walking past, surely he is sharp enough to pick up that the guy in the fake beard he saw this week at breakfast with Santa is not the same guy he saw at the mall last week.

I think the parents who get so uptight and worried about the Santa myth cause or contribute to the traumatic Santa revealed stories you hear about. As my kids got older, we took a "what do you think" approach. My kids seem fine.
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Registered: 01-15-2006
i was in a 4th grade classroom the other day (what age is this.. 9?), there was one little girl that was going on and on about knowing there was NO santa. she said she even caught her mom wrapping the presents when she was supposed to be in bed! i didn't say a word as there was no point in agreeing with her and nothing gained in calling her right about it, but it does sadden me a little to see that "innocence" go. i think this is the first real year DS, 8 doesn't believe, there was skepticism last year too but he includes the logic this year like remembering where we hid the presents at last year, that moms and dads shop at walmart for toys NOT santa, etc. Lol.

we celebrate christmas in both the christian way and secular way. santa claus is a part of the spirit of christmas, that's what i tell my kids.

 

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Registered: 11-14-2011
I assume that my kids knew the truth when they were about preschool age. I have no doubt that they had it figured out long before I realized that they had. I think that most kids pretend that they believe as much for their parent's sake, as parents pretend for their kids' sake. Our rule of thumb, we simply don't talk about Santa in public.
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Registered: 01-08-2009
I never once told my kids about Santa or contributed to the myth, but they still believed in Santa and constructed their own mythology. I will never foregt one of my sons telling the other "There has to be a Santa. Otherwise Mom and Dad got all this stuff, and you KNOW Dad is too cheap to do something like this."
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Registered: 01-15-2006
Lol, that is funny!

i loved the excitement and surprised looks on their faces when they used to come down and find leftover "snow" tracks near the fireplace, or they'd ask why santa only took one bite of the cookie we left for him the night before... a little boy told me recently that his family leaves olives out for santa, Lol. i told him that was a great idea!

 

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Registered: 01-05-2000

I'll just park my ditto here.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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