Monday, December 10, 2012
I Hate Lying to My Kids About Santa
- It's a total, 100% lie. We tell our kids to always tell us the truth, but we create these extravagant lies about this mythical creature that brings them toys. Why is that okay, just because we're the adults?
- We tell them they only get toys if they're good. They're on their best behavior throughout December, but what happens on January 1st? They suddenly don't have to behave because there is no elf watching over them? That's crazy, I want them to behave all year, not just at Christmas.
- Santa gets all the credit. I do all the work, the shopping, the wrapping, etc., and they don't feel like they have to really thank me, because they think Santa did everything for them, which also means they don't have to really be grateful, because they think everything is magical.
- Santa didn't even exist until about 100 years ago, when he was created by a department store. People survived without Santa for hundreds of thousands of years and still managed to celebrate Christmas in a festive way.