As you know, I teach grade two. My students are seven-years-old. Yesterday, three of them were choosing to shout across the classroom, "NO. Santa Claus is JUST YOUR PARENTS." Other students were shouting back, "NO! Santa IS SO real!".
Sigggghhh. I hate this part. I hate when kids are ruining childhood magic for other kids. These kids are SEVEN, Santa should be REAL to them.
I know that not everyone celebrates Christmas, but I wish we wouldn't take away childhood magic so quickly. Some parents are just choosing "not to bother" with Santa or the Tooth Fairy -- just because they feel it's "unethical" to be "lying to their children". I am not trying to be controversial, I'm just sharing my opinion, but I feel like that's just being unfair to what childhood IS. Why do we need our kids to grow up so fast? Some parents hurry them onto technology, hurry them on to learning about world issues, and take away magical, imaginative experiences by wanting their children to just grow up already. I see this at my school, and I'm so sad about it.
I believe in the magic of childhood. Childhood is this one, short, sacred time. Lifespans are longer, people, they're going to be adults from 18 to 80 at least!
Santa Claus is SO REAL. I told my students that Yes, Of Course Saint Nicholas is Real, and then moved on. Later, I pulled my three disbelieving boys aside. I said the following:
"It's okay if you don't believe in Santa Claus, though the spirit of Santa is what Christmas can be about. Remember we just learned about traditions and celebrations? For some families, Santa is an important tradition. Please don't take that tradition away from your friends, it's not your job to do that."
I don't want my generation to take the magic of childhood away from our children. At the very least, if you don't want to participate in Santa Claus or Tooth Fairy traditions please abide by The Code -- teach your own children that they are NOT to spill the beans! If you are to tell your very young children that Santa Claus doesn't exist, at least explain to them that the spirit of Santa Claus is important for other children.
And for the love of whatever you believe in let children be children. Let there be some magic and imagination!
/end Christmas rant.
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