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Is It OK To Lie To Your Children About Santa?

Updated on December 12, 2011

Is Lying To Your Children OK

Sure its fun to tell Santa stories to your children. Its even wonderful to watch holiday specials with your children who are anticipating Christmas.

How about if you use Santa all year as like the all seeing entity watching your children always keeping his naughty/nice list up to date. Do you ever wonder if this causes some anxiety in children? Don't forget Santa's watching!!

When a child discovers that his/her parents have been duping them for years into believing in this omnipresents do they have a right to feel betrayed?
Then this same parent punishes you if you get caught in a lie. This would be the grand awakening to hypocrisy.

Does believing that presents magically appear on Christmas morning create a feeling of entitlement in children? Do they ever outgrow this feeling?

Does the overwhelming materialism pervading American society stem from the mystical magical Santa providing gifts out of thin air?

Another thing that is questionable about the whole Santa thing is the used of forced labor camps. Elves are born raised and live for the simple purpose of manufacturing toys and clothes for the benefit of greedy children worldwide.

Now I am not anti Christmas I believe the magic of giving to others is one of the most special experiences you can enjoy. The lack of a need for recognition of the presentation of the gifts is noble and honorable. It is not Christmas I question it is the corporate created Santa that I have a few problems with.


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    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile image

      Pamela Kinnaird W 

      7 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I wondered if you're still writing so I looked you up. Good, you are! I enjoyed reading this hub. I ran into this dilemma, this tug of war in my principles, with our youngest son. Our two older children didn't put a lot of emphasis on Santa because they had so many relatives giving them presents, they could tell the presents were from each person who brought the presents. But our youngest child, then years later, asked me one day if the story about Santa Claus is true. Within half a second I knew I couldn't lie to him. How could he believe me when I teach him about Jesus Christ if I lie about a fellow coming down a chimney? I did explain to him that it's a nice legend, a story, but his presents are put there from mostly family members. I asked him not to tell his classmates in kindergarten because ...etc. Well, by the end of the month there were a lot of confused children, I think, in kindergarten thanks to our son and my mouth. C'est la vie.

    • Arthur Fontes profile imageAUTHOR

      Arthur Fontes 

      7 years ago from Fall River,MA

      Kids do learn to cope. It is a fable if you do not allow your child to believe that the smelly guy ringing the bell outside the mall is going to break and enter your home on xmas eve.

      I am sure you would not tell xmas stories to your child involving forced slave labor camps? Those poor elves.


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      Gary Anderson 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      No, I think it is a harmless fable. At a certain age you may want to tell the truth if they ask you outright, but I think that it has been made up to be this terrible thing that you tell a fable. I say it isn't. Kids learn to cope.


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