In the Jolly old man I mean…
This is the dilemma that we are now facing as the holidays come upâ€¦
Like you have read (or maybe not) in my profile, I am an Atheist and so is Simonâ€¦ we celebrate the holidays and Xmas because it is something that is traditional in our household and we believe that there is a certain magic to Xmas and we donâ€™t want to leave it behind. We also donâ€™t see anything religious about Xmas eitherâ€¦ (Besides the name)
Santa Clause is an icon of Xmas that I have not always been comfortable withâ€¦ I have always seen Santa as being a lie and I donâ€™t want to lie to my children but on the other hand I like the magic of the stories of St. Nickâ€¦
At this moment Xavier believes in Santa just because that is what he is learning from his environmentâ€¦ this is what the kids around him are led to believe and what the other adults that he knows tell himâ€¦
Simon and I are still at a loss of what to doâ€¦ do we tell him about the magic of the season and the origins of all the stories and symbolsâ€¦ or do we make him believe in something that is just a lieâ€¦ Do we have him write to Santa so that he can get a letter back for his scrapbook and have presents under the tree from Santa or do we just tell him right away that there is no such thingâ€¦ or do we let others talk about it, not say a word, not encourage it, not lie but not tell the truth and let his imagination do the restâ€¦ isnâ€™t that as bad as lying though?
I would really love to have ideas from othersâ€¦
Can the magic of Christmas be without the lie of the jolly old guy?