The dilemma that some parents face on Christmas dates: Santa Claus yes or Santa Claus no? So that you can make a better decision, consult the opinion of some experts.
In particular, when I was a child my parents never instilled in us the belief of Santa Claus or Father Christmas. Although my paternal grandfather along with one of my aunts locked all my brothers and my cousins in a room at twelve o’clock at night, so that we could hear Santa’s bell as a sign that he had just landed along with his reindeer in the roof of the house, to then hear his “ho, ho, ho” and again the bells as a farewell, and while several of my cousins were moved by what their imagination generated in their minds by everything they heard.
I did not understand how it was possible that they believed in a fat man who had nothing to do with the Christmas story that I knew. However, I always respected that, not expressing my opinion, and also a little because of the excited faces of my grandfather and my aunt, they were the happiest and it made me distasteful to take away that illusion, because I was sure they weren’t doing it with bad intention.
However, for some children this they do not see it in the same way, since while they have that fantasy they are very happy but when time passes and a friend tells them the truth or their own parents do, they feel betrayed for having been deceived so many years.
On the one hand, as a parent, you want your children to have that same feeling as you did as a child, but on the other, you are afraid of lying to them. In this regard, experts in the field have expressed their opinion.
“I do not think we can say that it is a good thing, but it is definitely not something harmful,” said Stephanie Wagner, a Clinical Psychologist at the New York Center for Child Studies, adding “Christmas unites families and beliefs reinforce these ties ».
Dr. Matthew Lorber, a child psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, supports this idea by saying “I don’t think it is harmful for children to believe in the myth of someone trying to make people happy.” Which is part of the child’s imagination, which is “a normal part of development and helps stimulate creative minds.”
Also adds the doctor «Santa Claus is just a mythical figure that many children believe, along with the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and other tales, children use their imagination all the time, even if they know that the resulting creations are fiction. When children play cops and robbers, they know that they are not really cops or robbers.
According to these two experts, “good” and “bad” is relative, because if you focus on the strictly health field, they both make it very clear that it does not affect you at all, but quite the opposite, it encourages your creativity.
On the other hand, knowing that there is a man who every Christmas likes to reward children for their good behavior all year with toys sends him an example of the existence of goodness in human beings and generates in him the desire to behave fine although I know a few weeks before Christmas.
Now if your fear is that he may hate you for the rest of his days when he finds out about reality, just remember the magic that you lived on these dates and how much you thank your parents for giving you those moments.