What do parents really get from maintaining the Santa myth?
Parents keep the Santa myth alive for their children for a variety of reasons including promoting good behavior and innocence and magic to make Christmas about more than just toys. It helps make Christmas magical for the kids as well as the adults. Santa Claus brings families together and offers an opportunity for fun apart from the toys. It is a way for parents to share something special with their children and it’s sad when the kids outgrow Santa.
- Santa can be a painless, guilt-free way for you to entice your children into better behavior during the busy holiday season.
- The message of Santa can help explain, and draw, your kids into good behavior even after the holidays have passed.
- Everything doesn’t have to always be so serious; Santa is an excuse to believe in the power of the happy season, if only for a little while.
“The continuation of innocence. As long as kids still believe in Santa, they seem more innocent. When the belief starts to falter, it means they’re growing up.”