Should we let them believe in Santa?
Keep the magic alive
Young children have active imaginations. They have invisible friends, there are monsters under the bed, there are fairies and princesses who, like Santa Claus, will one day become fictional when the child is ready to accept it. Until then, all these imaginary characters allow children to develop their creativity and we should let these things run their course. After all, it’s that kind of imagination which has given us so many great works of literature and film.
What’s more, Santa Claus is part of our traditions and even adults like to keep the myth alive. Children aren’t gullible and older children might even seem that they still believe. Many parents remember the moment they realized that it was Uncle Jim behind the fake white beard or when they first saw their parents secretly wrapping the presents. But the following year, even though Uncle Jim was back in his costume they didn’t say anything.