It is Time to Put an end to Myths like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy etc.

Published: Thursday, 19 December 2013 Written by Joan Wood & Nakisa Saverin

Topic: It is time to put an end to the myths 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?  Write a response to this view for a school debate.

 

Good morning to you, Mrs. Sorhaindo, my fellow classmates and my most worthy opponents.  To begin with, reflect upon this scenario about this little girl named Anna.  She celebrated Christmas every year, eagerly awaiting her presents from Santa Claus and behaving well so that she could be on Santa's 'nice' list.  Unfortunately, one day, she accidentally discovers that Santa is not real.  She is devastated and becomes suspicious of her other childhood friends, like the Tooth Fairy, and even questioned the existence of God.  Later, she became a misanthropic recluse who despised her parents for tricking her.  Today, I am going to shed some light on the issue of discontinuing the raising of children on myths such as Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.  In order to persuade you of my points, I must first define some key terms: Myth, as defined by the Oxford Student’s Dictionary, is a traditional story containing ideas or beliefs about an imaginary being but is not founded on fact. Santa Claus is an imaginary, mythical being who is thought to bring gifts to the homes of good children on Christmas Eve, and the Tooth Fairy is a fantasy figure who replaces lost baby teeth under the pillows of sleeping children with a small payment.  Based on the aforementioned terms, I can now prove to all gathered here that it is certainly time to put an end to these ridiculous myths.  This is mainly because children should not be raised on lies, children will grow up always expecting something in return for giving, and children should not be blackmailed by their parents.

 

First and foremost, the continuation of such myths encourages parents to lie to their children.  Let me ask you, is lying to children right?  Deceiving a child at such a young age can sabotage the foundation of trust between the parent and child.  When a child discovers from his/her peers that the merry Santa Claus, the magical Tooth Fairy, or the pesky Sand Man, are not real, they start wondering what else their parents have lied to them about.  Furthermore, adults should always be truthful to their children since they deserve to know every candid detail about the magical creatures.  I'm sure we all have seen the movie ‘Grown Ups.’  When the little girl found out that the Tooth Fairy was in fact not real, nothing could make her happy again, except another lie.  Her mother simply told her that she was the Tooth Fairy even though, we all know, that was not true. That would have been the ideal time to straighten things out with the child instead of the use of yet another lie.  To be honest, if parents really need a fictional character such as Santa Claus to produce magical memories for their children, then this just shows how creativity and imagination is lacking among the adult society.  It is very much possible to enjoy holidays or activities without lies. It does not encourage imagination, rather, it encourages distrust, and I strongly believe that if this lying continues, the children will be disappointed when they grow older, and their lives, as well as their Christmas experiences, may be scarred with dreadful childhood lies.  As stated by William James in his Lectures XIV and XV, “There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.”

 

Secondly, to make matters worse, children will expect a reward in return for everything they give, due to the myths of the Tooth Fairy.  It may seem fun for a parent to take a child’s tooth, replace it with money and see the joy on that child’s face when they assume it was the task of the Tooth Fairy.  As adorable as their toothless smiles may seem, these children would grow up expecting money in return for anything they give, and would be highly disappointed when they do not receive it.  What should be instilled in the minds of these individuals is that the joy of giving should overcome the joy of receiving.  What would these children do if something were to be stolen from them in the future?  Would they expect their parents, who might be dead by then, or some magical creature to give them money, while crying for it?  Or would they accept their misfortune and work hard to replace it themselves?

 

Thirdly, parents use the concept of Santa Claus as a form of blackmail.  Yes, as horrible as this may sound, it is very true.  According to the Oxford dictionary, blackmail is the use of threats or the manipulation of someone’s feelings to force them to do something.  This is exactly the case with the parents and their children during Christmas.  Children are told that if they are good, they will obtain presents from Santa.  However, if they are naughty they will be awarded with a lump of coal.  In this way, children grow up with a ‘cause and effect’ attitude, that is, they grow up believing that if they do good, they will be rewarded and if they do wrong, they will get punished.  Therefore, Santa Claus is used to satisfy the needs of the parents, not for the child’s joy as he is told to be.  Parents use this preposterous lie to play on their children’s emotions in order to get them to behave well.  This is a good disciplinary method, however, is that not what Santa Claus is solely about?

 

On the contrary, some people believe that the Christmas Holiday serves cultural and social needs, and that the belief of Santa Claus is just a continuation of tradition.  However, I stand here today to say that that argument is completely magnified!  Over the years, Santa Claus has been integrated into the Christmas tradition, and especially in America, Santa Claus has become the very symbol for the entire season which has led to the secularization of Christmas.  Moreover, this secularization of Christmas has required side lining Jesus, thus creating a vacuum at the centre of the holiday where our children’s imaginations have to be filled.  Santa Claus fills this role admirably.  Honestly, have you ever thought about how much Jesus and Santa Claus have in common?  Think about it: both are supernatural beings who constantly monitor people’s behaviour so that at the end (of the year, of life) they can reward the good, and punish the bad.  It can also be said that Santa Claus is an attempt by atheists to replace God.  One must then realize that the belief of Santa Claus in a God-fearing country is not only erroneous but completely blasphemous!  If we succumb to the belief that this tradition is right, then we should also accept the disgrace of not being righteous children of God.

 

Overall, the disadvantages of continuing to raise our children on myths far outweigh the advantages.  These gullible young children certainly should not be brought up with lies and deception, expect to receive on giving, or be blackmailed by the people they should trust the most.  It is important to remember that children cannot become upright citizens without the cooperation of parents to stop feeding them with mythical lies to make their childhood and holidays more enjoyable, as they are doing more harm than good.  Remember what Saint Bernard of Clairvaux once said, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

Group members:

Kaele Benjamin (leader)

Nikacey Jno. Finn (presenter)

Nakisa Severin (recorder)

Tawiah Hunter (researcher)

Joan Wood (researcher)

 

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