Most parents will go out of their way to make sure their kids keep believing in Santa Claus for as long as possible, but it turns out there are also plenty of parents out there who don’t believe in perpetuating the myth of a jolly man in red who brings the presents on Christmas.
According to a report, more and more parents are outright telling their kids that Santa isn’t real for a variety of reasons whether it’s that they don’t want to lie to their children, out of financial necessity, moral issues, religion or even a distaste for the commercialization of Christmas.
“It’s disconcerting when people say something is real, and then it’s not real,” Chicago mom Alexandra Fung, tells “The New York Post.” She says she was “shocked” and “betrayed” when at ten she discovered Santa wasn’t, so with her three kids she decided to “prioritize the truth.” For mom of two Megan Sedlacek, she burst the bubble on Santa for financial reasons. “I don’t have the time, money or energy to participate in what America’s expectation of Santa is,” she says.
But by spoiling Santa for their kids, there is always the chance these parents may wind up spoiling it for other kids if their children have big mouths, and most parents who tell the truth do their best to keep that from happening. Many don’t want to incur the anger of other parents so they plead with their kids not to break the news to other children. One parent had her kid’s teacher keep an eye on her kid should the subject come up, and another parent made keeping it a secret from other kids a game.
So, will your kid be scared for life if you let them in on the truth about Santa? Experts don’t think so. “To my knowledge, there are no clinical recommendations regarding Santa,” David Anderson, Ph.D., a psychologist at the Child Mind Institute in Midtown East, says. “Young kids blur the line between fantasy and reality all the time, and Santa can very much live in this world, and then be left behind as a child develops a more realistic view of the world.”
Source: New York Post