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It's probably good that you brought up this topic. It is definitely something you will want to be on the same page with your spouse when the time comes. The issue is if this is a lie. While many of us believe it is not, it is simply a way to celebrate and pass on information to our children, you do not agree. If you believe it to be a lie, then you definitely should not pass it on to your children. To be a sin, you have to know that what you are doing is wrong.
I found the following in the Catholic Answers website. It echoes most of what we have said here, so take it as you will. Please pay close attention to the last sentence. If you choose to not tell your own children the story, please also teach them sensitivity so as they don't ruin it for others.
Is it lying to tell kids there is a Santa?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is very
clear that we shouldn't lie for any reason. How then can we justify lying to
children about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, by telling
kids they are real when we know they aren't? Is it a sin if I do this? __________________
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Catholic Answers Apologist Join Date: May 3, 2004 Posts: 4,737 Religion: Catholic Re: Is it lying to tell kids there is a
Santa? Without knowing which passages in the Catechism
of the Catholic Church you are thinking of, I cannot comment on them. What I
can do is to comment on the idea of telling children stories of Santa, the
Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy.
It is not lying to create stories for
young children. That is basically what is done when parents tell their children
of imaginary creatures such as the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. From the
beginning of time parents have spun such tales for the entertainment and
education of their children. Rather than "lying," it can be considered
"myth-making." Myths are a means of conveying certain truths pictorially rather
than didactically. When parents tell their children tales of the Easter Bunny
and the Tooth Fairy, the larger truths that are being conveyed mythically are
that we are part of a larger universe and are watched over and cared for by good
spirits whom we cannot yet know empirically. This can be considered groundwork
for later introduction to the communion of saints.
As for Santa, he is
based on a real person: St.
Nicholas, an early Catholic bishop who is a patron saint of children
because of positive interactions he was believed to have had with children
during his life. The stories that have been based upon St. Nicholas are what we
call legend. Legends are generally non-historical or unverifiable stories
passed down through the ages about a person or group of people. While Catholic
parents may want to make sure children know about the real-life saint behind the
Santa Claus legend, there is nothing wrong with passing on pious legends to
The real question probably comes when children find out that
their parents are the ones who are providing the Santa gifts, Easter candy, and
Tooth Fairy money. In my experience, parents tend to worry too much about how
their children will receive this news. Many children through many generations
simply accept this information as a part of growing up, and, in fact, will
"collude" with parents to keep the myth going by not letting their parents in on
the fact that they know The Truth in order to avoid spoiling their parents' fun.
But, if a child does feel betrayed to find out The Truth, then the parent can
explain the context of storytelling and myth-making, perhaps pointing out to the
child that Let's Pretend is a game for people of all ages.
Of course, it
should be said, if a parent does not feel comfortable taking this approach to
Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, the parent is free to leave out
such stories from his child's education. He should though teach the child to be
sensitive to not spoiling the fun of other children by telling them that such
characters are Not Real.
Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus by Francis P. Church