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Santa Claus: Do/Should you let your kids believe in him?
This topic came up with a friend of mine yesterday, and I was thinking about it this morning in the shower, as I am wont to do about random topics.
His argument was that "lying" to kids about Santa "causes more problems than it solves". My question to him was "what problems are Santa Claus supposed to solve?", but that's a tangent. Basically what I gleamed his stance to be is that children believing in Santa Claus does more harm than good.
And I can see his side of things:
You're lying to your kids
You're using their sense of wonderment as a means to control them (Be good, or Santa won't bring you presents)
Materialism is encouraged at a young age
There are many others.
The other side is that it gives kids a sense of wonder. Many argue that childhood is an age that is shortening as years go by, so why not have them believe in something magical for a while? Fantasy and imagination are wonderful things for a child to have, and believing in Santa helps perpetuate those things.
I've run out of steam with my OP here, as I'm on a quick break from work.
But to those who celebrate Christmas, what do you do with your kids, or if you don't have any kids yet, what will you do with your kids?