My own view is that the Santa “myth”, rationally speaking, is a lie.
To lie is to state something with disregard to the truth with the intention that people will accept the statement as truth.
Lies imposed over years to your own children, promoted by commercial misuse in the name of an artificial material gratitude; as in, the lie is amplified by junk products that are barely useful, and would barely sell in a normal situation.
And as any lie, it diminishes the trust between parties, in this case your own children.
A diminish in trust puts one in the lookout for signs of betrayal; one got lied by the parents in the past, one might find him/herself in a suspicious position wondering when the parents will betray again.
The end of the myth, when children stop believing that some sort of Santa ever existed and it was all lies fabricated by the parents, normally happens at the age of 7/8, right before the start of puberty and teenagehood,
When children first learn how lying works, they lack the moral understanding of when to refrain from doing it. This takes years of watching people tell lies, and the results of these lies, to develop a proper understanding. Propensity to lie varies greatly between children, some doing so habitually and others being habitually honest. Habits in this regard are likely to change in early adulthood.
When you consider that the teen years are a period of intense growth, not only physically but morally and intellectually, it’s understandable that it’s a time of confusion and upheaval for many families.
Can’t be good or of any help to anyone involved, can it ?
Plus do take in account the fact that the child might believe that by continuous lying, the child will continue receiving material benefits, that lying brings up benefits upon himself, and it is a basic tool to achieve something, to get something, and to get anywhere. What sort of example does that set ?
And it skins your pocket in the process; how many people do fall in debt after Christmas ?
Four out of 10 adults expect to end up in debt to fund the Christmas celebrations.
And it will take some people up to seven months to pay back what they have borrowed to buy presents, food and drink, a new survey shows.
Women are more likely to run up debts than men.
The average spend per adult is set to be €562. Irish people are also set to top the spending league in Europe.
Most people will be forced to dip into their savings to fund the seasonal splurge, with one in 10 set to use their credit cards, a new survey commissioned by the Irish League of Credit Unions indicates.
Others are set to borrow from credit unions and from moneylenders.
I think if a holiday of the sort is to be celebrated, it is a family holiday, where the family is meant to gather together for a couple days in the year, talk, enjoy, catch up and get to know each other better.
But even like that, family does not necessarily means that everybody get well along, or have something in common at all, so it is a personal decision to do it or not, not something that has to be done every single year at the exact same date.