The legend of Santa Claus has been told by parents of parents since the 19th century. They said, the tale of the Father of Christmas began with a poem written by an anonymous author. The tale persisted for long years, even until today. I'm pretty sure, you, too, have been told about the Santa Clause lie.
A recent article
published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, discussed about the probable displeasing effects in the relationship of parents and children of the Santa Claus legend. The study in this article says it can harm the child, especially, the trust in the family.
Kathy McKay, a clinical psychologist at the University of New England, Australia and co-author, said: “The Santa myth is such an involved lie, such a long-lasting one, between parents and children, that if a relationship is vulnerable, this may be the final straw. If parents can lie so convincingly and over such a long time, what else can they lie about?”
Authors of the study suggest that parents might reconsider telling this story to their kids, as it may put the children in “abject disappointment” when the truth becomes known.
On the other hand, lead author of the study, Chris Boyle, a psychologist at the University of Exeter, said that parents do this as a way to control their kids. We know that Santa Claus only gives presents to good kids, so parents take advantage of this to keep their kids well-behaved. However, Boyle said it's not a trait of good parenting.
Whether parents would tell the tale of Santa Claus to their kids or not is up to them. It's true, it adds magic to Christmas, making the holidays a lot more remarkable. However, is it time to realize that a lie is still a lie? Are parents ready to accept the risk of encouraging kids to make believe in something supernatural?
But, you know, the truth is I still believe in Santa Claus. Is that funny, or depressing? I think it's wonderful.