Teaching Kids About Santa

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Teaching Kids About Santa Door Mind Map: Teaching Kids About Santa

1. Should we do it

1.1. yes

1.1.1. Can this teach kids the gift of giving? Yes, but would it not make them think they have to give on Christmas like their parents? No, but is that OK because they're young and shouldn't have to buy presents for people yet?

1.1.2. Do we feel the need to pass down a hundreds of years old tradition? Yes, why do we feel this though? No, should parents who weren't raised believing in Santa teach their kids about Santa?

1.1.3. Is this really adding to the joy of Christmas? Yes, is lying to a child to make him/her happy OK? No, would children be just as happy knowing the presents are from there parents?

1.1.4. Is training kids to believe in Santa training kids to believe in god? Yes, how does Santa effect children's view of seeing isn't believing? No, do children think more about Santa or Jesus when they think of Christmas?

1.2. no

1.2.1. Does Santa cause kids to think they don't have to give because that's his job? Yes, Do kids actually want to give to others on Christmas? No, how often do parents get Christmas gifts from their kids?

1.2.2. Is finding out Santa doesn't exist taking away from the joy of Christmas? Yes, are kids who know Santa doesn't exist as exited for Christmas as they were before they found out? No, how do we celebrate Christmas in other ways that don't involve Santa?

1.2.3. Does the idea that Christmas being about Santa overshadow the fact that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus? Yes, how often do parents talk to their kids about Santa compared to the actual significance of Christmas to the Christian religion? No, how high does church attendance rise during the Christmas season?

1.2.4. Do kids who believe in Santa think parents don't put time, effort, and money into giving them a good Christmas? Yes, does the fact that children think their presents are free influence the way they imagine their parents spend their Christmas? No, do children view presents as payment for being good all year and do they recognise that this discipline comes from how their parents raised them?

2. What is the best way to do it?

2.1. Should we pick an appropriate age to tell them?

2.1.1. Is the appropriate age before they start school so that other kids their age won't spoil it for them?

2.1.2. Is the appropriate age a while after school so they can experience Santa with friends?

2.2. Should we let them believe till they find out for themselves?

2.2.1. How long does the average child go before finding out the truth?

2.2.2. Is it best for a kid to learn the truth from his/her friends or parents?

2.3. Should we teach of Santa as a story with the moral of giving rather than getting them to believe it's an actual thing?

2.3.1. Would doing this effect children when they see other kids actually believing the story?

2.3.2. How much would this actually effect children's religious beliefs?

3. How has children's view of Santa changed over the years?

3.1. Has technology raised the speed at which kids find out Santa isn't real?

3.1.1. Yes, how does the enormous amount of easily accessible information stay hidden from kid for so long?

3.1.2. No, is a child's strength to ignore what their friends tell them as strong as their strength to ignore what the internet tells them?

3.1.3. would it be possible to tell considering the variation of limits on technology parents place on their children at certain ages?

3.2. Has the stressing of anti-cultural insensitivity lowered how much kids think of the birth of Jesus rather than Santa?

3.2.1. Could this be due to how much more companies who profit off of Christmas target Santa more than the religion itself?

3.2.2. Is it viewed as ok to celebrate Jesus in a public area with freedom of religion and can it really be viewed as insensitive?