With the best intentions in mind, parents tell their children that Santa Clause is real. Santa is gospel in some households. These parents do not realize the damage that they are doing to their children. While it is fun and magical to pretend, children should know that Santa Clause is only a myth. Because, upon finding out the truth some children feel deceived and lied to, poor children are discriminated against, and Santa is held in the same regard as God in some families. Society is forgetting the true meaning of Christmas.
Santa Clause is a legend. The basis for Santa was Bishop Nicholas of Smyrna. St. Nick was a rich man who enjoyed giving to children. He would throw gifts into the poor children’s window. St. Nick was considered a miracle worker by the Christian Orthodox church. He was honored by the Roman Catholic Church as someone who helped poor people and children. England refereed to him as Father Christmas. Once he came to the United States he became Santa Clause. A man wearing a red suit, who lives in the North Pole, giving children gifts on Christmas Eve. In some homes the story of Santa is gospel, as gospel as the story of Jesus Christ.
The story of Santa is a lot of fun, however at some point a child has to know he is not real. This man they loved with all of their heart for as long as they can remember, a man they turned to and promised they would be good, is only a lie created by society and condoned by parents. Possibly this story is told to make children behave or possibly out of tradition. Santa is one lie that children can’t separate from truth. Children honestly believe he exists. Their parents insist he is real and if anyone tries to tell their children he is not real, some parents become very angry. They lash out in front of their children calling the person told the truth, by saying that Santa is not real, a liar. However, in reality the liar is the parent who says he is real. Once children actually find out he is not real, they will feel betrayed, deceived, and lied to by their parents. The children feel heartbroken because the parents they love so much deliberately lied to them all of their lives. Parents teach children it is wrong to lie, God says it is wrong to lie, Ephesians 4:24-25 states And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another, yet it is OK to lie if it is what the rest of the parents in society are doing.
Santa is only a myth but he is a discriminatory myth. Santa is suppose to love all children and be fair, however in reality he gives more to the wealthy children while the poor get very little or nothing at all. This does not go along unnoticed. One young child made note of this to her grandmother, surely many other children notice too. Lynn, at 5 years old, asked her grandma one day why Santa was so mean. Lynn had friends whose families did not have a lot of money and she wanted to know why Santa loved her more and brought her lots of gifts, but didn’t love her friends as much because he didn’t bring them very many gifts. Some of the children she knew didn’t get anything. She wondered why Santa hated them. She wanted to know why the man who was suppose to be so fair and loving didn’t like poor children. If a five-year-old child can see the difference, adults should too.
Society is forgetting that Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s birth. Santa has become almost god-like in societies eyes. Children ask him for toys and talk to him just like they talk to God. Children thank him and tell him they’ll be good if only he’ll give them presents. They assume Santa knows all about them, just like God knows all about people. Sometimes children don’t get what they ask for so they figure they’ll be a little nicer and ask or wish a little louder next time so Santa will hear them better, much like mans prayers to God. Schools are not allowed to put on programs that mention Christ, however they can put on shows about Santa Clause. Children go stores to see Santa Clause, sit on his lap and tell them all they want for Christmas, if they don’t get what they want they feel cheated. In the past Christmas was a day of prayer, giving, and being with family. Christmas symbolized the good in everyone’s hearts and the love of Christ. Sadly, Santa Clause has become the only symbol of Christmas. In America’s society today people say “Happy Holiday’s” instead of “Merry Christmas” leaving Christ out of Christmas. Some children do not even know the stories of Christ; they only know the Santa myths that are told. Christ is not a symbol, He is love and care, idolizing Santa and forgetting Christ leads the children of society down a road of moral decline that will effect society from now until the end of days.
Pretending Santa exists is a lot of fun, put cookies under the tree, leaving gifts for the children from Santa. However children should know it is all make believe. To tell them it is real is a lie, poor children are not as loved, and to celebrate Santa takes away from the real reason we celebrate Christmas. The birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. People should always remember Santa is just for fun and to keep Christ in Christmas.