Date: November 28, 2012 04:54PM
So what to do about Santa? Ok Mormonism is more than false, not even funny. Two years ago my daughter was asking lots of questions one breath are there fairies at the north-pole? the next, how long will our bodies be in the ground? Being TBM at the time and with the frequency of the questions and the deep nature. I didn't want her to confuse Santa with Jesus or if my she could trust my word or not, so I told her Santa was pretend and the whole story was for fun but everything I said about Jesus and the veil before and after life here on earth was real!
Now Jesus born of virgin Mary half god half human who suffered for and experienced every persons sins & experiences that ever will live on the earth and that our bodies will rise again and we can become gods sounds ludicrous, way more than the North Pole and elves helping Santa get presents to all the children around the world in one night magically on a slay poled by reindeer in the sky.
Ok here's the thing should I eliminate magical thinking (aka Santa) and just teach my two youngest to use reason or should I continue with the Santa hype and excitement, then later help them understand religion using the euphoric feelings falsely produce believing in a pretend concept such as Santa to understand why people choose to believe in fantasy than reason to sooth thoughts about what will happen when they die and if they will see their loved ones again.
My husband leans towards thinking that Santa is harmful and magical thinking shouldn't be entertained and that the kids will understand the parallel between the silliness between Santa and (Jesus and/or religion for the most part) without having experienced believing in Santa themselves.
I'm torn I see the light up response and excitement with the idea of Santa coming and maybe it's fun and will later show as an object lesson -with more impact having once believed in Santa- that was fun in a Peter Pan sort of way as a child but not fun in a adult world to live in a virtual reality (aka: imagination) in Never Never Land. Or would Santa just keep my kids thirsting for the "magic of Santa" to cope with the imagination of the big ?'s (How did I come to being? What will happen to me when I die?)and as adults be more likely to turn their fate/mind over to an organization for a temporary peace of mind?
Part of me thinks I'm over analyzing but I can't seem to come to a choice yet.
Santa for the Holidays in 2012 or should Santa be eliminated?
2010: So in round one Jesus defeated/eliminated Santa for my first born.
2011: In round two Jesus fell and was eliminated for the whole family -Mom, Dad & 3 kids-.
2012: Round three Santa is still there in the minds of my 2 youngest... Should Mom & Dad tell the truth and eliminate Santa in our children's minds or let Santa live on in their minds?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/28/2012 04:56PM by freedmyself.