Is Santa story good for kids?

Santa Claus is worth the lie

CLAY TURNER – Hoof Prints Staff

Christmas is the one time of year when honesty is not the best policy. It’s a time when children believe in one imaginary person that brings them more hope than anything during that time: Santa Claus. The question is whether or not you tell them the truth and crush their dreams about his existence or go along with the lie that has been imposed on them ever since they were born.

I think the answer is obvious: Go on and lie to them. They deserve the full experience of Santa’s hope. Children that believe are more likely to grow up loving Christmas and associating it with something good. If you tell them the truth, though, you ruin their chances of loving one of the biggest aspects of Christmas. If they knew the truth behind how the presents appear under their tree every Christmas, they would no longer appreciate the mysterious but magical feeling that Christmas brings.

Besides loving Christmas for what it is, the children are also more likely to work toward being good throughout the year. Because, as we know, Santa only brings toys to the boys and girls that are good all year.
So this lie, in a way, helps instead of destroys. It gives boys and girls alike the opportunity to have their Christmas infused with the love and compassion Santa Claus brings to every household during the holidays. So don’t tell them the truth about Santa, because it ruins everyone’s Christmas, even for the nonbelievers that love seeing kids’ eyes light up with the hope of having something special in their stockings from Jolly Old Saint Nick.

Beginning of a let down for kids

KAYLA STACY – Hoof Prints Staff

Is Santa real? Who is Santa? Does he really come down the chimneys? Does he eat the cookies and drink the milk? These questions are just the beginning of a let down.

When parents are asked these questions, 90% of the time they tell their children what they want to hear. They fill their children’s heads with this misconception about Santa, which I believe is wrong. It is the exact same thing as lying. Parents try teaching their kids that lying is wrong, but in reality they are lying about this subject.

Instead of telling children about this figure that supposedly comes down chimneys and eats cookies and drinks milk, tell them about the true Saint Nicholas and what he did.

I wouldn’t say that Santa isn’t real, because it is a figure based on  Saint Nicholas, a man well known for his generosity to those in need and his love for children. However, I wouldn’t suggest a parent filling their children’s minds with the white lie that Santa Claus is a real man.  Children can still enjoy Christmas knowing the truth about Santa.

Besides, what exactly are parents supposed to tell their children when they go to the mall or Wal-Mart and the child sees two different Santas, one short and round and the other tall and slim? They can’t say that Santa lost that much weight in such a short period of time.

All parents are doing when they tell children these little white lies is bringing out false hopes.  Besides, the whole “Santa” thing is just for parents anyways.  These children will eventually find out the truth, so why not just tell them from the beginning?