I know you might feel conflicted about the whole “Santa” thing. These days parents think really seriously about the ethics of lying to our kids. I respect that. But really, just do it. It’s fun. I’m not saying lying is OK if it’s fun. I’m saying that in the specific case of Santa Claus you should help perpetuate the myth because it’s fun.
I fully believed in Santa Claus until 4th grade. At that time I discovered a stash of presents in my mom’s room. That’s when I knew. I wasn’t crushed and I didn’t feel betrayed. I was just stoked to be getting a corduroy blazer for Christmas! (It was the the 80s.)
Once you’ve grappled with the ethics and decided to get on board with the great Santa deception, you may as well make the most of it. After all, YOU are buying the presents. YOU are staying up late. YOU are dividing the Christmas candy evenly between the stockings to prevent disputes. Therefore, YOU need to be on the receiving end of some good behavior. Start now–Another phrase might be “start milking it now.”
Here’s a little advice on getting the most out of the myth, after the jump.
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