I don’t think it ‘harms’ kids to believe in this legend/myth/fairy tale…whatever you want to call it…but, I don’t think it’s necessary to add it to one’s Christmas/Easter season. So, if a parent chooses to ‘opt out’ of the whole Santa Claus thing, there isn’t anything wrong with it, just like someone who wishes to opt in. I grew up believing in Santa…until one night I woke up and saw my dad putting the gifts under the tree. I scurried off to bed so confused. I was about…6, I think. I remember that. I remember when opening the presents the next morning, my dad acting like Santa brought them. I knew it wasn’t. Did this news scar me for life? Yes…
I’m kidding, it did NOT scar me for life. But, I didn’t understand why my dad acted like someone else brought the gifts, when he did. I never ever sat on Santa’s lap at the malls, after that…my parents were confused. I never told them I knew, they died when I was 10. (my dad died a year before that) I told my sister when I was a teen what happened…she laughed.
My dh and I did the whole Santa thing…my husband gets angry at me now for not continuing this. I said…uh, the gig’s up…the kids are 13 and 16…they know there is no Santa. He said, yes there is!
:rolleyes: There IS a saint nick, but he wasn’t a ‘give everything a kid asks’ for genie in the bottle kind of invention that America has created him to be over the past 40-50 years.
I told myself, I was not going to get involved in this thread this year. :rotfl:*