I have a Santa Dilemma

This article reminded me of it:

Parents outraged after teacher says there’s no Santa

RICHARDSON, Texas — Guess what, kids? There’s no such thing as Santa Claus!

That was a suburban music teacher’s holiday message to first-graders Monday — a remark that angered parents and prompted the school district to issue a pro-Santa statement.

Several parents made angry phone calls to Richland Elementary School in this Dallas suburb after the teacher spilled the Santa scoop.

“When you take a 6-year-old and tell him, you got to spend how much time to get him to believe again. The damage is done,” parent Michael Millett said.

Later, however, Richardson school district spokesman Tim Clark said he had good news.

“The teacher did hear from Santa Claus himself, who heard about the situation and let the teacher know that the spirit of the holidays is alive and well and to pass that message along to the students,” Clark said.

The teacher will face no disciplinary action, Clark said.

So what is my dilemma?

Well, children are taught to be honest and upright, that fibbing is wrong and a sin, and that they can always and should trust their parents.

But aren’t parents and adults hypocritical when they tell children there is a Santa Clause? Parents and adults are telling children an outright lie, yet they teach their kids not to lie – this doesn’t make sense in my head. I know there is no ill-will in doing so, and that it is all for fun, but is it the right thing to do? How is a child suppose to differentiate between who is not real (Santa) as opposed to who is real (God, Jesus, Angels)?

I’m not sure how to think about this, and would like anyone’s thoughts.

FYI: I’m not a parent, but just trying to get some perspective.

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