When you were a child, life was easy. December was the best month because of Christmas and Santa who brings gifts. Now, as an adult and parent, Decembers are a bit different. Now you have to take care of Christmas shopping and also decide what to tell kids about Santa.
These days more and more parents are concerned whether making their children believe in Santa is a good idea. Probably everyone remembers the day they realized that the old man in red suit is not real and how bitter the feeling was that parents were lying for so many years. Many people argue that the Santa story corrupts the trust children have in their parents and makes children feel betrayed.
On the other hand, there are many other characters we tell our children about who are equally not real, for example the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. Believing in them is a part of childhood, and it stimulates the imagination. When children learn the truth, it is just the first sign they are growing up. In fact, studies have shown that although children do get upset when they find the truth about Santa, they are not that upset as we imagine. And while we may not realize it, it is tough on parents too because it takes away the magic of Christmas.
The bottom line is that every family should decide for themselves what is best for their children – and there is no right or wrong answer. So do not stress about Santa, follow your gut and enjoy holiday shopping.