The other day at work (daycare center) one of the caregivers said to the kids "It is too loud in here and it’s too messy. Remember Santa is watching if you’re good or bad so clean up and be quiet." I was disgusted!
(Religion Pending) YES, Jesus’ birth is the reason for ‘Christ’mas (hence the name). He was born to forgive us from sins such as greed for example (irony!) The gifts started because of the wise men who offered what they had to show their gratitude to God for his son. I’m pretty sure they didn’t get a LONG LIST of what Jesus wanted for his birthday…
Santa on the other hand was because a man in Europe (many variations) realized that the poor children had nothing to play with. He HANDMADE toys and gave ONE to each child to show that they mattered and that they were cared about despite their wealth.
Have we learned nothing from Dr. Seuss? ?”... It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ...”
The concept of Santa is not outdated but blown-out-of-proportion in society. Even with consumerism being what it is, children should be more excited about being with family and friends. Personally if children understand Santa’s story, and Jesus’ Story ONE SPECIAL gift should be “From Santa” and the rest should be from Mom and Dad (caregiver) because this will build gratitude and appreciation towards the parents and bonding on Christmas morning more with family.