Is society obligated to maintain the Santa story?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-31-2011
Is society obligated to maintain the Santa story?
35
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

Pages

iVillage Member
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.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2000

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

iVillage Member
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.

Avatar for savcal2011
iVillage Member
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.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

iVillage Member
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.

************

Kitty

"If you can't annoy somebody with what you write, I think there's little point in writing."-- Kingsley Amis, British novelist, 1971 t .

Pages