Imagination and play encourage children to think through hypothetical situations and create new worlds — and even to develop new possibilities for our shared world.
For many children, the anticipation of Santa's imminent journey down the chimney to deliver gifts is nothing but magical.
Not sure if you’re paying the right price for your tree? The Hotelling equation modified by Faustmann can help.
A Protestant tradition with pagan roots, the Christmas tree is now a global phenomenon. It also reveals much about market economics, so let's climb on the sleigh and take a ride around this holiday item…
Who made him up?
The Santa myth tells us more about adults than children.
He’s calling – but will you answer?
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Veganism is not a religion, and nor is belief in Santa Claus. So why are Christianity, Islam and Buddhism classed as religions?
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.
Research shows that a parent’s level of generosity and charitable behaviour is linked with their child’s display of the same behaviours.
Children start developing empathy and compassion as toddlers and should have a good understanding of generosity by age nine. Here are five thoughtful ways parents can help foster these behaviours.
A former elf looks into the work that goes into an authentic Christmas experience.
A person dressed as Santa Claus waves as part of the festivities, during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
Behind today's mythical Santa Claus from the North Pole, is a real saint – St. Nicholas. How he came to be today's gift-giving jolly figure from the North Pole is a fascinating story by itself.
If they ask, tell them the truth.
Four out of five experts said no.
Even Santa can get worn out, which can lead to getting the blues.
Have you ever felt more like singing the blues during the holidays than "Deck the Halls"? You're not alone. Two psychiatrists explain why people feel blue during this time and share tips for how to take care.
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?
For the African-American community, Kwanzaa is not just any "black holiday. " It is a recognition that knowledge of black history is worthwhile.
Can you prove Santa Claus exists using mathematical logic?
How do you prove Santa Claus exists using mathematical logic? A review of Fry and Evan's book on the mathematics of Christmas.
Developmental psychology suggests that fantastical beliefs in children are associated with positive developmental outcomes. And parents need not worry, children will bust the Santa myth themselves, when the time is right.
There's no need for parents to bust the Santa myth. Children figure out the truth themselves, at a developmentally appropriate time. In the process, they build their reasoning skills.
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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.
What's so wrong about not wanting your child to believe in Santa?
From Norway with love.
An object lesson in seasonal geopolitics.
Parents go to great lengths to make their kids believe the Santa myth.
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Most children are not likely to believe that fish live on the moon. What makes children accept some stories and be skeptical about others?