A reader (K) recently had a conversation in which Santa Claus came up. K said that Santa Claus wasn’t real.
It wasn’t a big deal or anything at the time, but she worries about what would’ve happened if other parents were around, heard it, and complained. What if their children were present?
My husband and I are not yet parents, but we have discussed many points of parenting, the first point being that we will not lie to our children. To us, upholding the fairy tale that Santa Claus exists would be the same as supporting the Jesus myth.
But what do you say if other peoples’ children ask you about Santa Claus? Jesus?
Do you tell them your personal views (in a diplomatic way)? Do you tell them to ask their own parents?