no santa

Pete K posted this on critics. It’s a hilarious story:

“Daddy,” she asked her father, “is Santa real?”

Dad said yes, and wanted to know why his daughter asked.

“Because Mrs. Fuller” — the girl’s afterschool teacher — “said he wasn’t real. She said, ‘None of you believe in Santa, do you?’ and said that you and Mommy buy all our presents and put them under the tree. She said that you should tell us the truth.”

The girl’s mother said the whole family was taken off guard. Her daughter had previously attended a Waldorf school, where belief in fairies and other supernatural beings was nurtured.

Here comes the best part:

Or as the mom put it on her Facebook page: “Another adult has no right to submit their own beliefs on a group of 5 year olds and their families — about Santa, God, politics or whatever — especially phrased ‘your belief is not right.'” She says another parent spoke for many when he said in an e-mail that circulated among them that it was vital for kids to make those kinds of discoveries on their own, as they matured.

Highly ironic.

You all spot the contradiction, don’t you?

(As long as nobody tries to convince mr Dog that easter bunny does not exist, we’re fine.)

5 thoughts on “no santa

  1. Funny, the protesting parent had had his child attending a Waldorf school (“where such things are nurtured”) and then changed to another type of school. Would it not be natural to assume that the abovementioned nurturing perhaps was regarded with less awe in the new school? Some parents put all responsibilities on the school and teachers, regardless of schooling principles. Some little independent mental activity one could expect from people who claim to cater for their childrens education and wellfare. Or not.

  2. It’s completely bonkers in every way, which is what makes it funny.

    I don’t remember there being any particular waldorf stance on Santa anyway; he’s not really among the spiritual entities that matter to waldorf teachers. Nurturing the awe of Santa. That’s a bit much to ask for, I’d say.

    Wonderfully impossible to believe that this was the first time the child had encountered the idea that Santa might not exist.

    It’s not easy to be a teacher — I bet if the teacher had told the class that, yes, Santa does indeed exist, some other parents would have complained (and they could have made the charge that the teacher was lying).

  3. It is through the compassion and love of St Nicholas and many like him that we have the gift of giving at Christmas, Parents can give with or with out that spirit, but in the main it is part of the spirit of Christmas that we give.

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