By Kathleen Ganster
Santa Claus, that big, old jolly elf that everyone loves and believes in. Well, maybe not everyone.
I decided before I had children that I was not going to “do Santa” with my kids. It was one of the few before-children decisions that I actually stuck to.
“Back in the day,” I had read an article written by a child psychologist that gave what I refer to as “the case against Claus.” That was too many years ago for me to be able to state my source, but in a nutshell the author said when we follow the Santa Myth, you are essentially lying to your children and that they may have unrealistic expectations on what they will receive for the holiday.
A child in an apartment in New York City is never going to get a horse as a house pet, no matter how well he behaves, she stated.