Should we Believe in the Myths of Santa Claus , the Tooth Fairy etc.?

Published: Tuesday, 17 December 2013 Written by Tatiana Corbette

English Speech Presentations

Group Members:

Leader- Delena Registe

Presenter- Khanisha James

Recorder- Tatiana Corbette

Researchers- Kyannah Jeffery & Kelsey Joseph

Kiwiontasha was a happy, carefree 6 year old, who loved and enjoyed Christmas.  Every year her mother would tell her stories about Santa Claus and how he gave gifts to the “good” and a lump of coal to the “naughty.”  Until one fateful Christmas Eve, Kiwiontasha got up from bed to check on the milk and cookies, only to see her mother putting the gifts under the tree while eating the cookies.  Do you remember when you first found out that your childhood beliefs were not real?  Were you not as devastated like poor little, Kiwi? Her relationship with her mother was never the same and she grew up to be a pathological liar.  A pleasant Good morning to Mrs. Sorhaindo and my fellow classmates, I strongly believe that it is time to put an end to all the myths of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and all other fairy tales which parents tell their children.  A myth is defined as an inventive story, idea or concept or an imaginary person or thing.  Should parents continue filling the heads of their children with these mythical creatures?  I think not, these children grow up living deceitful lives, confuse concepts of religion and have a vague perception of the world.

Firstly, Ladies, it is ridiculous to see parents go to such great lengths of deceit to convince their children that these myths are real; only for their child to have a heart breaking moment when they find out that these stories were all lies.  For example, the myth of the tooth fairy, parents sneak into their children’s room at night to replace the tooth with a dollar or sometimes even more.  In some cases, the parents even elaborate the lie by adding glitter and confetti to make sure the children believe that the tooth fairy did come. There is the matter of trust.  Do we really need to undermine the solidity of children’s precious trust in parents and adults by eventually letting them in on nothing less than a vast, elaborate conspiracy and hoax under the guise of innocent, childhood fun and fantasy?  The children can then incorporate these trust issues into their own lives, become liars and deceive the people they encounter.

My fellow classmates, not only do these children live fake lives but also, myths like Santa Claus confuse concepts of religion.  Santa Claus is a mythical person that brings gifts to the good and coal to the bad.  In religion however, Santa Claus is really called Saint Nick.  Saint Nick was a saint who gave gifts to the poor and less fortunate. Wouldn’t it be better if we told our children the riveting stories of the Saints than using mythical creatures to distort the true message of the saints and other holy people? They could better understand our faith so that they could grow up to be moral, spiritual people rather than rebels and deceitful people. According to English Biologist Thomas Huxley, “Teach a child what is wise, that is morality. Teach him what is wise and beautiful, that is religion!”

Finally, at the same time, these children who are fed these myths have vague perceptions of the world.  When the parents keep telling the children stories about a magical rabbit that lays chocolate eggs for them to collect, it can contribute to the development of what later in life is called “magical thinking”. Friends, this is a potentially serious thing that many therapists struggle to stop their clients from doing.   Believing in the power of spells, rituals, and a host of superstitions are often at the core of disorders like OCD and various mental illnesses. Statistics have shown that 30% of children, who are exposed to such superstitions at a tender age, might grow up with one of the major mental disorders.   As far as I’m concerned, there is no long-eared, cotton-tailed creature known as the Easter Bunny, neither should young children go hunting for scrumptious chocolate eggs that it makes. By the way, real rabbits certainly don't lay eggs.

In spite of all these negative impacts of the myths, there are those who believe that they contribute to creative imagination and proper skills. These people think that childhood is a time of discovery and learning and that the existence of the unseen and unexplainable will add spice to the mystery and wonder of life. Although this may be true, kids have very fertile and active imaginations.  They just don’t need Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, or the Easter Bunny to stimulate their creativity or development.  After all, just about any kid can turn a plain, cardboard box into a rocket ship, a race car, or a fort, and have loads of fun entertaining imaginary friends with make believe beverages. Furthermore, it is now known that children’s cognitive development is far more complicated as it starts much sooner than was previously thought. Thus, exposure to reading and arithmetic happens much earlier today than it did in the past because we now know that waiting until a child is five or six to start teaching him or her, these basic building blocks is a bad idea.  Which leads me back to my point of view; it is time to put an end to all these myths of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny if we want out children to grow up to be upright citizens.

It is time to put an end to myths of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and all other fairy tales which parents tell their children.  The myths lead to deceitful lives, confused concepts of religion and a vague perception of the world.  Just like Martin Luther King, I too have a dream that parents will stop going to such great lengths to deceive their children about the Tooth Fairy, ladies and gentlemen, I have a dream that our children will grow to be people of strong morals and strong faith, and lastly, I have a dream that the children will become the best they can be without the help of such superstitions.  I leave you with a quote by the imaginative Walt Disney, “Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature. Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil.”  Ironic is it? I thank you!

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