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On Lawn (1073) writes | more than 4 years ago

User Journal 3

So, when I got married I decided I would tell my kids the truth about Santa. He was a good person who lived a thousand years ago and is dead. Now we like him so much we all act like him.

But as they've grown they seem to have convinced me he does exist. I don't correct them when they make assumptions based on their belief, I find myself going along with it rather then tell the truth.

What a softie.

So, when I got married I decided I would tell my kids the truth about Santa. He was a good person who lived a thousand years ago and is dead. Now we like him so much we all act like him.

But as they've grown they seem to have convinced me he does exist. I don't correct them when they make assumptions based on their belief, I find myself going along with it rather then tell the truth.

What a softie.

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Maybe what you've missed (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 4 years ago | (#30573808)

Is the understanding that human beings live on in the memories and actions of their friends, long after their physical bodies are dead.

This is extremely true of Saint Nicholas of Myra and Jesus Christ of Nazareth, but they're only easy examples. It can be true of anybody.

Though usually it isn't true of mass murderers, which makes me wonder if there is more reality behind heaven, purgatory, and hell than just individualistic states of mind.

Re:Maybe what you've missed (1)

pudge (3605) | more than 4 years ago | (#30579590)

Is the understanding that human beings live on in the memories and actions of their friends, long after their physical bodies are dead.

This is extremely true of Saint Nicholas of Myra and Jesus Christ of Nazareth, but they're only easy examples.

Jesus' physical body is not dead.

Me too (1)

multimed (189254) | more than 4 years ago | (#30606680)

It's kinda funny - this was something I struggled with a bit. I try to teach my kids about honesty and the thought of making up or going along with a big convoluted lie seemed contrary to that. Not to mention really trying to teach them to think things through rationally and logically. In the end, I just sort of went along with it - there's something special about viewing Christmas through the eyes of a child. That said, it's not going to last very long - that already my daughter is asking questions about the practicality & logistics of the whole thing. Which I've just ignored & let my wife take - I just don't think I can force myself to pile lies on top of lies or do anything to discourage the type of logical reasoning I want to foster.
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