Is society obligated to maintain the Santa story?

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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: 02-24-2010

Aww that's a nice Santa story Bord!

One of younger dd's teachers told the whole class (right before holiday break) that there is no Santa, Claus, tooth fairy or Easter bunny.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 02-24-2010

I've been a terrible tooth fairy the last couple years . . . memory issues!

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 03-25-2010

Yea!

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Registered: 03-27-2000

I don't know, I think it depends on the kid.

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Registered: 02-24-2009

I didn't know that, but it makes perfect sense, lol.

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Registered: 01-05-2000

Worm holes.

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

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Registered: 01-05-2000

I asked because that seems old to be believing in Santa.

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

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Yeah...there was a story on Yahoo early in the month about a second grade teacher who somehow felt obliged to tell her entire class that there is no Santa and that all the gifts come from their parents. Some people have no business being around kids, honestly.

We never told our kids there was a Santa, but we never told them there wasn't, either. When my younger one was abouut seven, he loudly announced to anyone who would listen that he had a super secret Christmas wish that he was not telling anyone and that if his wish came true, he would know there was a Santa. We got lucky in that he came into my office one day during December and decided to amuse himself by sending an e-mail to Santa reminding him of his wish (which was for a polaroid camera and six (!) boxes of film). He was all secretive about it, but was too young to know e-mails sent to random addresses (Santa@northpole.edu) would bounce, not to mention the "sent" folder. In any case, "Santa" came through that year for him.
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I live in a very multicultural area. 10% of the population is Jewish. Our public high schools are 50% caucasion.

Obligation is a very strong word - I would not use the word obligation when I talk about others.

My obligation to my children is to teach them to not only tolerate people who are different but to learn from, cherish,

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