The Christmas we celebrate today around the world, whether in northern winter or southern summer, has its roots in many cultures and traditions.
Don’t fret if your kids are starting to doubt Santa’s magic. Coming to disbelieve is not particularly distressing for them and most come to their own conclusions.
When your kids stop believing, it's probably harder on you than on them.
Illustration to verse 1 of the children’s poem Old Santeclaus with Much Delight. 1821.
Several of Santa’s modern features, such as his generosity, miracle-working, and focus on morality (being ‘naughty or nice’), were part of his image from the very beginning.
If they ask, tell them the truth.
Four out of five experts said no.
What if Santa was eventually replaced by an AI robot?
What if Santa’s job is one of those taken over by an intelligent machine? Would a robot Santa begin to question its purpose and the existence of those it’s designed to serve at Christmas?
Kids as young as seven have a good enough sense of logic to work out the truth and why it can be better to lie.
Can secular celebrations ignore the connection between Santa and Jesus?
Sand sculptures by Sudarsan Patnaik. Sanjib Mukherjee/Reuters
You might not believe in God, but do you tell your kids about Santa? How do you explain Christmas to your children if you and they are not religious?
It’s not always a bad thing to lie to your kids.
Stories about Santa can help to develop imagination, so there’s nothing wrong with bringing a little joyful magic into your child’s life.
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