The yearly dilemma for atheists this time of year:
Do you tell your children about Santa? (It’s irrational to believe in mythical beings… so isn’t it hypocritical to teach them to think critically about God but then spoon-feed them the myth of Santa?)
If you do, how much detail should you include? (That Santa eats the cookies and drinks the milk? That Santa sees you when you’re sleeping? That Santa knows if you’ve been bad or good?)
If you don’t, are you denying them a cultural milestone? All the other kids in their classes will know the Santa story — and believe it if they’re young enough. Your kids won’t be able to avoid it. Similarly, they’re going to eventually find out Santa doesn’t exist from their classmates, too. (At least I prefer that it happens that way. It would suck if the teacher was the person who broke the news.)
Should you be the one to break the news to them that it’s all an elaborate hoax?
Julie at Rational Moms can’t find the right solution:
… “But of course,” I said to my husband, when we discussed how to approach the Santa issue, “we shouldn’t go into such detail, with, you know, the cookies and everything.”
He looked like I had taken away dessert forever and ever. “We did that when I was a kid,” he said, “and I loved it.”
So I guess we’re doing that, too.
Their son is only six months old, so it’s no biggie this time around. But give it a year or two and the problem will rise again.
What are you telling your children?