Should we put an end to the Myth of Santa Claus

Published: Tuesday, 17 December 2013 Written by Tojya Vital

English essay

Topic: It is time to put an end to the myth of Santa Claus the tooth fairy etc. How can we expect a generation of children raised on lies and deception to become upright and honest citizens?

The statement which I will soon address implies that we should put an end to the myth of Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, and so on, since we cannot expect a generation of children raised on lies to become upright citizens.   

We may be in the most tropical place on earth, making it extremely inconvenient for Santa to even step foot in our boarder but, we still hope that one day we may be able to catch a glimpse of his red sleigh.

How can we imply that the myth that we were raised with as children leads to lies and deception in our generation, when this has been tradition and has not negatively affected society thus far. My dear opponents let us continue to re-tell these stories as they uphold tradition, enchant the imagination and create precious childhood memories.

 My fellow debater’s are you even aware of how the myth of Santa Claus came about?  Of course not... well I’ll tell you.

As defined in the Collins Dictionary a tradition is the unwritten body of beliefs and customs handed down from generation to generation. The name of Santa Claus originated from the Dutch Figure SinterKlaas. It was said that on the night before Christmas (24 Dec) this legendary, mythological and folkloric figure brought gifts to the homes of the good children. He also symbolises the Historical figure of the Christian Bishop and gift giver Saint Nicholas. This longstanding tradition should not be abolished as it has caused no harm to any of the generations before us.

Furthermore, according to leading professor of psychology of the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Alison Gopnik, “children love imaginary figures like Santa Claus because they like to pretend; and when children pretend they are exercising the evolutionary crucial human ability to envision alternative ways the world could be.” This is further developed into adulthood as the capacity for invention and innovation. Imagination inspires us as children to make bold steps and dream big. It helps us to envision beautifully painted portraits of life and how to better it.

My fellow classmates, I am sure that you have at least one good Christmas memory and almost equally sure that it occurred while spending some quality family time. The Santa tradition acts as a family unifier and easily creates precious childhood moments that last for a lifetime. What child forgets helping his mother set out milk and cookies, or probably in our case sorrel and bakes for this midnight visitor?  Class teacher, what parent forgets the look on their child's face when they unwrap the very toy that they have been wanting for a year? Forget children being raised on lies and deception. If we ensure that the Santa tradition lives on, so will a generation of children raised in love, in family togetherness and above all, in happiness.

 

Some might argue that allowing our children to believe in so lucid things like Santa Claus will only impact them negatively. This is definitely not the case. A betrayal of trust is not a valid argument. These stories are only a simple way to excite a child’s imagination, not destroying their trust in any way. How can these naive individuals even suggest that believing in Santa Claus encourages lying foolish acts or even a lack of morality? We educate our children effectively enough for them to know that the Stories of Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy are just that, stories. They are not to be taken seriously, but rather, as a form of innocent amusement, something that we reminisce every year. It is meant to warm our hearts and enlighten our spirits during seasonal celebration, not to be taken as a belief of false mythical creatures that corrupts the mind of our children and encourages negative behaviour.

 

Santa Clause may not actually be real but he plays a very real and important part in the lives and imagination of children everywhere. Let us, therefore, continue to retell this myth to our children. Let us carry on the tradition, give them precious memories and raise citizens who are equipped with creativity and imagination. Maybe one day, dear opponent, you too will be able to see the magic in your dull lives and welcome the fat lovable man into your chimneys.

 

 

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