Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Well, Virginia, that’s an excellent question

Newseum.org - Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Apparently it’s fairly well-entrenched in North American culture, but I was only recently made aware of this letter. Plenty of people seem to love it, but not me. The original Santa Claus lie pisses me off enough, but to tell an 8-year-old child who wants to know the truth that it’s wrong to be curious or skeptical, that without magic and ‘childlike faith’ there could be no good in the world…that sickens me to the core. It’s not just the reinforcement of the Santa lie; it’s the undermining of all the intellectual traits we should be fostering in children that makes this kind of patronisation despicable. This is without even mentioning the fact that it trivialises the work of the human beings that actually do spread joy at Christmas time.

So, with that in mind, I decided to write an alternate response. I think the link makes it all pretty clear, but make sure you read it first, because the structure and the turns of phrase I’ve used won’t make sense otherwise.