I have no problem with fiction, be it Stephen King or Joanne Rowling, but I have a problem with myths mixed with reality. I'm sure many of the questions were not serious, but I'm also quite sure that many of them were. These children, their hungry minds yearning for intellectual stimuli, are lied to because parents consider it a good lie. In my opinion, there are no good lies.
Perhaps I'm taking this way too serious. The Christmas legends are harmless when you compare them to other myths like, say, Christianity. In Germany, where I live, Santa Claus has his own holiday (December 5/6), and Christmas is celebrated only as the birth of Christ. Thus, as children we were told that on Christmas, little Jesus comes to visit us and brings the presents. We had to hide upstairs until everything was prepared, then a bell was rung, and we could come down to sing and open presents.
Trouble is, I believed in it for a few years, a little longer than in the tooth fairy. I was still a good Christian child back then, and this charade was one of the things that kept me one for some time. On the other hand, progressively learning about the lie, I lost a lot of respect for religion. If my relationship with my parents weren't as good as it is, it would certainly have been seriously impaired by "the Christmas lie".
One of the things children should learn first is separating facts from fiction. Should I become a father myself, I will try not to lie to my children. There are no things that children shouldn't know if they ask, and there are no things that only children should believe.
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