The tradition of Santa

“He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you’ve been bad or good so be good for goodness sake.” Alright, creep, get out of my bedroom and leave me alone.

Parents ingrain this story in their children time and time again until they’re entirely brainwashed. It’s reiterated until the kids are unable to recognize how creepy Santa truly is. This encourages children to accept stalker-like behavior as normal, and to be good simply because a fat guy living in the North Pole told them so.

My own 5 year-old cousin is terrified—and I mean terrified—of Santa. She screams and cries at the mere thought of Santa coming to her house on Christmas Eve. At this point, it would be beneficial to just tell her that he isn’t real so she can sleep soundly in her bed at night. Her mother insists on “keeping the magic alive,” but the magic is already dead.

Not only does retelling this story horrify children, it also normalizes stalking and teaches them that lying is acceptable. Throughout their entire childhood, children are told to not lie, but then their parents go and lie right to their faces. This lying in general perpetuates dishonest relationships in families, and it also demonstrates hypocritical behavior to children.

So, as former children and future parents, if brainwashing children to believe in a creepy old guy is your cup of tea, then go on ahead and drink it. But while your children grow up to have dysfunctional relationships, me and my family will be sipping hot chocolate and chilling in the real world.

Remember the days when you would lay awake in your bed, filled with excitement and joy because you knew tonight was the night. It’s Christmas Eve and tomorrow morning you would wake up with presents under your tree filled with toys and goodies galore. All thanks to our friend Santa.

For generations children have grown up believing that a jolly old man had been filling their stockings, soon to have their hearts broken by the news, that Santa isn’t real.

But the nights of trying to stay awake to hear the sound of reindeer on one’s roof, writing letters to The North Pole and waking up to a tree lined with presents is worth the lie. Kids appreciate presents more that are from Santa, because out of all the kids in the world he made sure they got this present because he knew they wanted it.

Nothing would be the same without Santa. There wouldn’t be Christmas carols singing about his magic, decorations plastered with his big rosy cheeks displayed around malls and countdowns to Santa’s arrival would simply become a countdown until Dec. 25.

Some might say that lying to one’s kids can make children think that later on in life it is OK to lie, since they were lied to for years at an early age. But, the Santa lie is harmless. It only brings joy and happiness to the season of Christmas. A harmless and fun lie to bring kids Christmas spirit, should be encouraged.

Kids grow up believing princesses and fairytales, what can believing in Santa hurt? While some parents will break the news to their kids at an early age, some of us will be enjoying the magic of Santa for years.

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