I've never been big on the Santa thing, it just felt wrong to lie to my kids about it, just for the sake of tradition. I don't see any value in believing in myths and therefore justifying lying to my kids. I believe that in the past, when we were trying to survive against other tribes, it was an important component of tribal cohesion, but in a modern age I think we should pursue altruism over tribalism. Just my opinion.BR: And Santa Claus is a lie. But there is truth inside lies. There is importance in myths. A myth isn’t true, but if a tribe stays around long enough, they take those myth stories, and take them literally. It makes those stories to be true stories, even though when they were first created, they were just myths. So, I see truth in Mormonism even if I don’t see Mormonism as true the way you see it as true. Does that make sense? In other words, I’m still teaching my kids Santa Claus, even though I know the story doesn’t hold up, because my kids get something from it. There is value to believing myths, even if for a while you believe them to be literal. We would not kick people out because they teach their kids Santa Claus – that makes no sense. In a binary world we say: “if you believe, stay in, and if you don’t, get out.”
Do you see any value in myths and teaching your kids about Santa? I see value in teaching them about the tradition, but only in light of the actual truth of it and where it came from, not in the pretend magical part of it. Or did my kids miss out on something important?