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Some people think that the whole Santa story is teaching kids to lie...What do you think about telling kids about Santa?

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      Owlmaria wrote Nov 27, 2009
    • This is from my blog “Holiday Blues“—
      I once saw a movie in which a character made a comment that struck home for me.
      The scene involved the harm in allowing children to hear & believe in Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny......... A nun in the movie said "they are all a part of God's Kindergarten" . "If the child can believe in a Santa that they cannot see, then it is God's way of preparing them to believe in him as they cannot see him either."
      That took me a minute to think about, Whoever wrote that scene must have had kids!
      I do not believe this is a way of teaching children to lie!
      Most of the time they learn this easily enough from their own parents!!!!




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      Tuliplady wrote Nov 28, 2009
    • I don’t consider telling a kid the santa stories is lying.  It’s more what I would call popular mythology.  I think the whole santa thing is ok as long as one makes sure their children know the true meaning of Christmas and that getting presents is NOT what it’s all about.

      Maria, LOVE your new signature line.




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      Marya1961 wrote Nov 28, 2009
    • Being a child is the most innocent and care-free time of a person’s life..it is o.k. in my mind to believe in those treasured moments before the reality of adulthood sets in.




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      Allthingsnatural wrote Nov 28, 2009
    • Owlmaria, that is so beautiful. I have never heard it put that way, but I think you are exactly right and it makes sense. I agree to with all on this. I was told about Santa and I don’t hold that against my mother. She taught me to never lie. Santa and the fairies are all part of childhood and which gave our childhoods the fondest memories. My friend sent her child to a certain church in my area where the SS teacher told the child there was no such thing as Santa. Needless to say, it made my friend angry as they had no right to do that. I don’t like when people take something that is really so innocent and try to ‘evilize’ it. That is not God’s way




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 28, 2009
    • Wow, Maria, that was really lovely! Thank you for that. Very well putestatic




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      Owlmaria wrote Nov 28, 2009
    • Thanks ladies but I can’t take any credit. This was tressy’s question.
      I only know what I believe and have found ..... hard to put into words....... examples(?) of others who demonstrate how I feel. I’m not very good with words.
      I read the book by Elisabeth Ku`bler- Ross when my Great-Aunt was dying from double breast cancer in 1976 (“Death & Dying“). It made a great impact on my life even though I was in Nursing school & was around it more than family & friends.
      Lying comes in many forms, children only are allowed one chance at their time, then as some of the others have mentioned, they soon must face the cold, hard facts of life! Please let them have fun & be care-free until they have to GROW-UP. Love you all.




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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 28, 2009
    • You know....if some people want to think that...then so be it.  I feel sorry for them.  Truly I do.  I believed in Santa Clause when I was little and low and behold....“nothing happen to me because I believed in Santa“.  I mean really...these people need to get a life.  Owlmaria...that was a wonderful way to put it.  As you get older...believing in Santa is saying...“I believe in the spirit of Christmas“.




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      Mztracy wrote Nov 28, 2009
    • Well, actually, there was a ‘Santa‘.

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      It is the story of St. Nicholas and how he became a ‘Santa‘.

      Technically, Jesus was not born on Dec. 25. Actually it was in the spring. I am not sure how Christmas became his birthdate.

      I tell my kids that Santa is what is in our minds and hearts. He was a giving Saint and that is part of the spirit of Christmas. Not just giving of the presents, but also the giving of ourselves to others. So, technically I never really lied. lol The season is about magic...

      Maria—love it! happy


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      Cassandra wrote Nov 28, 2009
    • What Santa’s not real!? ...Say it isn’t so.....I think Santa is in all of us and the story is a wonderful way to teach kids giving and love for all mankind .
      Tracy I think what you said is perfect . The season is magic...
      Cheers~




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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 28, 2009
    • I’ll have to “AMEN” that Tracy!!!!  You are so correct!!  And yes..you are correct on the birth of Jesus...he was born in the spring.....




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      Deb Darby wrote Nov 28, 2009
    • We’ve always tried to emphasize celebrating the birth of Christ and learning the true historical facts like the actual month He was born. We also always “played” Santa and talked about St. Nicholas, the real, historic, Catholic saint. One tradition I wish I had discovered a little sooner while my kids were still very small is preparing the manger for Baby Jesus. Get a doll-sized manger, and each time anyone in the family does something nice, place a piece of straw inside. Everyone joins in to watch for opportunities to praise each other. You can watch it fill up as the weeks go by leading up to Christmas Eve, and then have a special time of placing a Baby Jesus doll on the hay.




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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 29, 2009
    • Here is a poem that I found this morning about Santa...

                    “To believe in making wishes

                   and have faith they can come true,

                 To believe that you can find some joy

                        in everything you do,    

                     To believe in giving gladly

                     for no reason, just because

               To believe in love...that’s what it means

                      to believe in Santa Claus.”




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      Vikki Hall wrote Nov 29, 2009
    • I am always amazed at the things I learn from the comments. Thx to everyone for enlightening me.

      BTW I still believe in Santa Claushappy




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      Mztracy wrote Nov 29, 2009
    • I love it Mary!
      i’ll always believe!! estatic




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      Mary Clark wrote Nov 29, 2009
    • Yep....I’ll never quit believing....

      I’m just sorry I couldn’t ride on the Polar Express....




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      Mztracy wrote Nov 29, 2009
    • oh Mary me too!!




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      UK Girl wrote Nov 29, 2009
    • I love the idea of Santa and I think small children need Santa and all the magic of the elves and Mrs Santa.
      One Christmas I took Alice to Lapland we had a wonderful time – they have an amazing area with animated elves and Santa in a bed sleeping before his big night ......... Alice was in her element and she still remembers it – I'm so taking my grandchildren.
      We had a sleigh ride with real reindeers and of course they are all called after Santa's reindeer.
      In this day and age with children growing up so soon we should have some mystery and magic




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