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Is Santa bad for kids?

09 December 2011, 14:57
My wife is looking forward to having kids, so that she can tell them all about Santa and hide presents under the tree for them.

I'm not entirely convinced that that's a good thing... I've read somewhere that parents should never lie to their children, and invariably there will come a point where you're telling your kids that they need to be good for Santa, and their friends at school are telling them that there's no such thing as Santa.

Can't families still enjoy the magic of Christmas without a fairytale Santa, which at best might leave kids wondering why their parents are cool with letting a dodgy old guy break into the house once a year, and at worst will leave the kids wondering what else their parents are telling them that isn't true  - where goldfish go when they die, the toothfairy and what exactly is under a little girl's skirt.

How many parents here tell their young kids about Santa and have you wondered about how to break the reality to them? Or how many other parents or would-be parents rather just enjoy Christmas as a time to share with family and give presents to each other?
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