Originally Posted by Dal
I think there is needless resistance to the word "lie." If there are exceptions in which it is fine to lie -- and I'm not really bothered by those who choose to tell their children that Santa is real -- than what is the problem with calling it a lie? It seems a more honest, or at least more believable, position to say that this lie is o.k. than to argue that it is not a lie.
I Do have big issues with the word "lie".
Myths, stories, traditions, religions, belief in the unseen are such beautiful wonderful amazing things that really enrich life IMO.
To bring them down to the common denominator "lie" is really quite appalling to me.
And kudos to the PP who mentioned that to some the whole manger scene is myth too. But some people genuinely believe it to be literally true.
There is no hard and fast line which determines what is and is not true in the world. We all just draw that line for ourselves.
I respect that some people dont believe in Santa.
Oh and I never once used the words "flesh and blood" or even "real" when telling my children about Santa. Just wanted to make that clear.
And the final point. I agree that very young children do not have the ability to think symbolically, however they are usually at that point when they start to figure out the whole Santa thing, so I dont really think it matters that they understand the story to be literal before they are capable of understanding it to be symbolic and figurative.