Yesterday, I read a blog post where the author asked, Do you lie (or make your kids lie) about Santa Claus?
The author and commenters talked about their struggle with perpetuating the LIE that is Santa.
SERIOUSLY PEOPLE? You struggle with lying to your children about Santa? You struggle with the decision to bring joy to the heart of your child? To allow him/her to get excited in the wonder of Christmas, in the magic of something so simple and innocent as Santa Claus?
If you do, then you SUCK!
SUCK. SUCK. SUCK.
Am I making myself clear?
One commenter wrote this:
I never lie. Especially about fantasy worlds.
Letting your child believe in Santa Claus is a "danger to society as a whole"? I seriously want to throat punch this lady!
I imagine growing up as her child must be a real riot...you know, since she NEVER lies.
I can see it now...little Susie is upset because nobody has asked her to the school dance...enter "mom" to make it all better.
Well Susie, it's like this...you're ugly. You're fat and ugly and no boy wants a fat, ugly girl as their date to the dance. Sorry, but that's the TRUTH..I wouldn't want to damage you by telling you a lie.
I'm sure Susie will appreciate her mother's honesty. She may slit her wrists, but at least her mom can be proud of the fact that she NEVER lied to her kids.
KUDOS mom...KUDOS to you!
For me..I will be a liar. A BIG. FAT. LIAR.
I will encourage the children in my life to BELIEVE...to believe in goodness, and kindness, and wonder. I will teach them the importance of giving to others and allow them to feel the magical presence of Santa.
Yes, I will LIE to them...and my heart will burst with joy when I see their little faces light up at all the wonder that is Christmas.
I believe that some day they will grow up to be well adjusted adults. In spite of, the belief in Santa Claus. Quite capable of using their critical thinking skills to navigate this big, weird world. Even if, for a few years they left cookies for Santa and heard the jingle of sleigh bells in the distance on Christmas Eve. Yes, I believe they will adjust to adulthood quite well, in spite of it all.
But for now...for now, I will allow them to enjoy the innocence of childhood. It is a gift we only get once in our lifetime...I will not rob them of that.
So YES Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus....He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus.