Santa and my 5 year old

My daughter told me she’s sad & disappointed because her Sunday school teacher told her Santa Claus isn’t real. I think it was totally unnecessary to say that to a 5 year old. Some people think I’m overreacting because I’m upset by it……I say I’m glad they are not my mother and Bleh! to them.

I want my daughter to develop a strong faith but not by sacrificing her childhood. I believe it is possible to nurture children properly to balance the two…….faith & fantasy at such a young age. They grow up soon enough anyway so why take away their childhood early?

I’ve always believed in Santa Claus, not the modern Santa but Saint Nicholas and his spirit of giving. I would like to encourage her to believe in what Saint Nick stood for but clearing understand that it is a supplement to Christmas with the main focus being the birth of Christ. In the meantime it never hurts a child to believe in fairytales while they are still young enough to.

I’ve done some reading..yes on our ever wonderful resource ‘the web’ and here are some of the quotations and links I find appropriate and relevant to this topic.

“The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It’s also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.” ~ Chris Van Allsburg

“One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let the facts get in the way of your imagination.” ~ Sam Levenson

“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.” ~ Rachel Carson

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