was discusted today when hearing a woman tell her child that christmas was Jesus's Birthday and we were goign to donate a few gifts to needy children and there was no santa....OMFG...its every childs right to believe in Santa Clause..and i be fracked if i am going to take that away from my kids to celebrate Jesus's Birthday...How bloody rude..i felt so damn sorry for her children...how bloody SAAAAAAD.

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Comment by jackie browne on September 27, 2011 at 9:25pm

becca....i think that a child should be able to experience sanr=ta and the rush of it all..i do think its a childs right to believe in it...tooth fairy or easterbunny....thats the fun things of childhood i remember and so yeah i do promote it...wont hurt them in some ways it will teach them a little bout loss and grief when they find out how its nto real...even if its a little insignificant bit of loss..didnt mean it as only christians john d......she could have been anyone was just overheard in the supermarket...and i agree  with you it might not be a christian thing...

Comment by Steph S. on September 27, 2011 at 8:12am
I was told about Santa when I was little. I was so disappointed when I found out he did not exist.
Comment by Kris King on September 27, 2011 at 7:56am
John D - I don't know any atheists who tell their kids there's no santa.  All the ones I've met are quite happy for the kids to have that little belief because, a) it's basically harmless, and b) they grow out of it anyway as they get older as they start to see through it.
Comment by Nerdlass on September 25, 2011 at 10:26pm

Christmastime is always interesting in my family. My oldest brother is jewish, so his family do not celebrate christmas, since they have channukah, as well as due to the pagan influences of the holiday. So my nephew never was raised to believe in santa. I enjoy christmas as part of my culture and family tradition, but I don't decorate as much as I do for halloween, which is my favorite holiday.

 

My brother prefers not to be called messianic, but he still has a belief in Jesus (or Yeshua, as he prefers to call him). He seems to think that the birth was most likely pinned around Sukkot, if memory serves, though I forget why he came up with this idea. *shrug*

 

Until a few years ago, his family were weary of even receiving gifts, but I think he figured and remembered how our family works. We love giving, no matter our beliefs, so they began to graciously accept presents that came their way. My sister-in-law gives out small "just cause" presents when everyone's together for the holidays, now.

Comment by Becca on September 25, 2011 at 9:55pm
Every kids right to believe in Santa? Really? Seems a little extreme to me.
Comment by annet on September 25, 2011 at 10:19am

The Santa myth is more fun.  :)

 

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 25, 2011 at 10:00am
What's really funny is there is no evidence at all that the Jesus character of the bible was born any where near christmas day - it's not even close.  The date of the holiday was chosen to match important pagan holidays.  Not that there even was a Jesus, but that's a whole other debate.
Comment by Squirrel on September 25, 2011 at 9:08am

Did the kid at least get some presents too? 

In Christianity, there is plenty of myths to believe in.

In fact, Santa Clause itself is the result of Christianity.

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