What should we tell kids about Santa Claus?


Should we tell kids that Santa is real? Because when we do, we’re lying to our kids. And to what end? So we can buy them more stuff for Christmas?

Perhaps not. We might buy just as much stuff even if the Santa myth didn’t exist. It’s hard to tell.

I suppose at least with Santa, kids get the sense that the world is a generous place. An unknown person labors year-round to make Christmas day a little more special. (For those who celebrate Christmas, at any rate.)

It sure would require some courage to be the one parent who tells their child the truth about Santa, thus ruining a Christmas tradition for other families. That would take more courage than I have. So bring on Santa!

Now, about the Easter Bunny…

This cartoon inspired by a post on Penelope Trunk’s homeschooling blog

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