Beware what you tell your kids about Santa

@dreamy1 (3815)
United States
December 13, 2007 1:31pm CST
You might want to think twice what you tell young kids. I came across this poem a 12 year old wrote (he's a grown man now)Interesting poem. Belief by Charles K. -To Those who lied to their kids about Santa; you gave christianity a bad name. I believed in Santa Because you told me he was real I was just a little boy Just beginning to learn how to feel Santa was my God And I believed in him in my heart And when you told me he didn't exist My trust was torn apart It made me very angry It also made me cry Because it hurts when you find that your god is just a lie Then you tell me about Jesus And how he died for all my sins But how do I know that you're not just lying to me again? But you say "Jesus is real and that he is the TRUTH"but that's exactly what you said, about Santa in my youth I suggest that next time you talk to someone who is very young that you be careful of your words and make sure to watch your tongue Because they'll believe anything you say And they don't always use their brain But when they find that they've been lied to Their trust is hard to regain And you never apologized for all of the "Santa lies"you did And I don't think it's very christian To lie to a little kid And I think if you would never of lied to me every year on christmas eve Maybe I'd be a christian Maybe I'd believe But I don't want to be a part of a religion that lies Because that is wrong through my eyes (And if there is a Jesus, he would think most of his children are wrong And he'd send the liars who call themselves "christians"To hell where they belong)
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@ParaTed2k (22601)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
13 Dec 07
Make sure you correct your kids if they make a car or an airplane out of a cardboard box, Peter Banning. Make sure you steal all the rest of the wonder and imagination out of your kids' heads, they might call you a liar for letting them actually dream. You know, I don't know any kid who grew up calling their parents liars for Santa... but (and yes, this is sad), I have known kids who say their parents lied to them for teaching them there is a God. Careful how literal you are with your kids.
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• United States
13 Dec 07
Damn that's true. Kids are torn apart when they find out that there is no Santa. It's like you took their innocence away. You took away one of their beliefs. That's sad because the kid wouldn't want to believe in a whole lot of things. I think you shouldn't go on and on about Santa Clause, because it gets kids more and more excited and you break their heart when you tell them that there is no Santa Clause. How sad :(
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
13 Dec 07
Did you believe in Santa? If so were you shattered when you found out it wasn't true?
• United States
13 Dec 07
My parents didn't really push Santa on me, they told me the real meaning of Christmas, with Jesus Christ and the manger. My mom told me that Santa was Jesus in a way. When she would describe Jesus, I would be more into that then Santa Clause. I had a whole bunch of books and a pretty little picture of Mary and the little baby Jesus in the manger.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
14 Dec 07
In all honesty, I think this guy is off his rocker. Most children are aware there isn't a Santa, Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy by the time their 4-5 or starting school. I don't see where any of these things have any relation to God, Jesus or religion since most kids don't learn about that until their older. Christmas, Easter, Halloween, ect. are meant to be fun holidays for kids and I think too many ppl are sucking the fun out of everything for kids. I grew up as a child believing in Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, witches, goblins, you name it and when I got old enough I was told they were just made up...it was no big deal. I think alot of parents like playing these roles and the kids have alot of fun...which is what being a little kid should be about. There is plenty of time later for being grown-up and responsible. This guy sounds like a really bitter person who has some religious issues. MERRY CHRISTMAS!! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
14 Dec 07
He was 12 when he wrote it and as a grown may looking back he said it was garbage. I think he's ok now.
• United States
14 Dec 07
I see nothing wrong with telling your children about Santa or letting them believe in him. Santa is and has been a wonderful, magical part of childhood for generations. These people who claim to have lost trust in their parents for telling them about Santa and letting them believe in Santa, how sad for them, but they must be in the extreme minority. I have never personally known anyone who lost trust in anyone upon realizing that Santa was not real. I myself can not even remember at what point I realized it, and neither can most anyone else I have spoken to. This tells me that for most people, realizing that Santa was not real, did not have a significant impact on them in any way. If you take away Santa and the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny and everything, what is left for your child to dream about? What will become of their imagination? To me a child without hopes, dreams and imagination is one of the saddest things of all.
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
14 Dec 07
I don't think it's so wrong either. I wouldn't do it because I don't celebrate Xmas and my parents didn't make a big deal out of it. I don't think it will scar them for life once the find out it's not true.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
15 Dec 07
It is a part of most childrens lives that grow up in the United States. What is wrong with letting them use their imagination to help them get by when it is the dreariest part of the year. And I also think alot of parents use the "better be good for Santa" as a way to help them control their kids somewhat. My brother has already told his kids already that they aren't a Santa a few years ago. They are 10-7-2 now. But I tell my little sister whom is 6 that they are a Santa, he may not be the one who started out a long time ago but every year they are a organization or charity that helps get gifts for kids that are "supposededly from Santa". So what is wrong with letting them believe a tiny bit. It just makes life a little more special for a child to believe they are a Santa even for just a little bit. My sister in law told her kids when they stop believing in Santa then that is when they don't get any gifts for Santa...now that is going a little to far to force them to believe when they are no l onger wanting to. But I don't see how it damages a child to believe that they are a Santa as long as you don't build Santa up to be this God for children. Santa just a nice old man who takes it upon himself to leave a few gifts for those who have been good that is all..nothing more,nothing less.
• Saint Lucia
14 Dec 07
i don't have kids but i know that kids nowadays are really really smart and no matter what you tell them they will do an investigation of their own to find out if it is true or not.