OPINION: Tell your Kids the truth about Santa

Isabelle Yuen, Staff Writer

“Santa is not real.” The phrase that breaks the whimsical hearts of children. A traumatic moment they will always remember for the rest of their lives, the moment they stopped believing in Santa Claus.  Hopes and dreams are shattered with just those four words. But all of this can be avoided if parents just choose to tell the truth about old Saint Nick.

Keeping up the act of Santa is tiring and parents do not even get credit for it. If one accidental slip of the truth comes out, it can ruin the entire fantasy of Santa. Kids are always curious and will certainly be questioning all things to do with Santa. That only means more lies to keep up with and more lies to remember.

Parents teach their kids from the start that lying is not right. The “imitation stage” in children starts around 15 months according to Parents.com, a stage in which they copy actions and words of those around them. By lying about the existence of Santa, it only contradicts the lessons of morality taught to kids as they grow up. It may seem like a harmless lie with non-conflicting outcomes at first, but constant dishonesty can turn into a prolonged habit.

Parents will argue that the entire illusion of Santa Claus leaves room for interpretation and imagination. Imagination plays an important role in child development and can lead to many possibilities, but children are not given the opportunity to do so. They do not have the chance to use their imagination due to the elaborate details of Santa that are already so meticulously thought out.

The holidays can still be magical without Santa Claus. Bright lights, comfort food and quality time with family can make up for the imaginary man. The holiday season has been overtaken by Santa and his elves, masking the real reasons for the time. Children become consumed with the idea of getting presents, to the point where they are obsessed with the idea. This takes time away from spending time with family. Parents will bring their kids to see “Santa” and wait in long time consuming lines with dozens of other crazed parents.

Parents should not lie about Santa Claus. An imaginary man gets an entire month dedicated to just him. Instead, you should dedicate it to family.