Why I don’t like Santa Claus

When I was little I really believed that Santa Claus exists.  I even wondered, one morning, why Santa didn’t wait for me to give me a ride on his sleigh, like the little girl in the drawing that I saw in the card.  I asked my grandfather about it and he gave a good laugh and told everybody about what I said.  I felt so embarrassed and didn’t understand why they were laughing at me.

I used to look forward to Christmas because I looked forward to receiving gifts (I know it’s selfish but, most kids are, so what?), but whenever I hear the song “Santa Claus is coming to town” and whenever I hear the part, “He knows when you’ve been bad or good…” it always made me feel unsure if I will receive a present because I know I haven’t been good. I know I always get into trouble, and I know I have been very mean.

Anyway…

One Christmas my older brother broke the news:  “Santa is not real”. I asked in utter disbelief, “What, what are you talking about???”  Not even a tiny bit of doubt crept in my mind but my older brother was so insistent to prove to me that he’s speaking the truth so he urged me to ask our mom.  So we asked our mom, and her reaction was enough for me to know that my older brother is telling the truth.  That’s the first huge blow to me. What a disappointment!  I can say it’s traumatic to know that truth.  It’s too much of a disappointment for a little child to take (At least, that was to me, seriously).  I think that’s the beginning of my skepticism.  I thought if Santa is not real, what makes God real? We have been introduced to Santa’s existence the same way we have been introduced to God’s existence – from generation to generation of beliefs and traditions.  I also would like to add that just like many people say they’ve seen Jesus’ image, many people also say they’ve seen Santa.  As a Catholic, I have my doubts concerning God’s existence because of the traumatic disappointment I’ve had after learning the truth regarding Santa’s existence, or non-existence for that matter.  For a Christian it’s not funny if you really think about it, because it will affect your belief in God’s existence.  It sure affected mine a great deal.

I guess that’s why I despise Santa Claus (The commercialised version). And when I say despise, I mean loathe, in every sense of the word. Funny how I wasted too much energy on a non-existent entity, but for some reason, he has become the symbol of a great lie to me.  Besides, Christmas is not really about Santa in Christianity, so why do we put so much attention and emphasis on Santa, and why is he a part of Christmas anyway? People say he symbolizes the spirit of giving, yeah right. Isn’t Jesus the embodiment of giving, so why the need for Santa?

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8 Responses to Why I don’t like Santa Claus

  1. David says:

    Santa Claus, or his reality, St. Nickolaus, was a real man. He was a bishop, and came from a wealthy family. The tradition of St. Nick is that he gave his family’s wealth to the poor so they could eat. That’s the legend. And that’s why he’s associated with giving gifts.

    If you see someone giving to the poor with their heart, then you are seeing the spirit of Santa Claus. So, in essence, you’ve seen both Santa Claus and Jesus, because Jesus gave with all his heart. Remember the passage where Jesus says “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink, naked, and you clothed me, imprisoned and you comforted me.” His followers asked “When did we ever see you hungry, thirsty, naked or imprisoned”, and he said if you’ve done these things to the least of my breatheren you’ve done them for me.
    Look for the spirit of giving in every man, and you will see Jesus. And Santa.

    You are right that society puts so much on Santa, not understanding who he really was. Sorta like some people who will sing a song and not hear the ugly words they might be singing. But keep consciously looking for Jesus, and you will find him. I know because I did.

    • lemraq says:

      Yes, I heard the legend, but I still don’t agree why Santa must be the focus of Christmas. There’s a very good reason why Christmas is called Christmas and not Nichmas, and that’s what people must realize – at least the Christians.

      • David says:

        Totally agree with this. Regarding your nephews, just tell them not to ruin others belief (rather than telling other kids that there’s no Santa, make it positive and tell them that Christmas is about the baby Jesus.

        It’s retail stores (like Shoemart :)) that make Christmas such a materialistic time. Go to my blog, I told a rememberance of Christmas in the Philipines in Tarlac where everyone had a belen outside their place-inside the cathedral, students did small table top ones, Churches had huge ones outside, and even the Police Station and City Hall had a belen. I don’t even give gifts, I bake goodies-cakes and breads- for giving. God bless.

      • lemraq says:

        I’m glad you see my point, thank you. :)
        I didn’t tell my nephew there’s no Santa. I simply didn’t tell them anything about him at all. Good thing their own mother didn’t tell them as well. They’re simply not aware of who this Santa is and never bothered asking, really. Yes, there’s always a belen outside Churches here, which is a good thing, because somehow it reminds people that Christmas is about Jesus. Truth is, the ones celebrating Santa here are not the kids, but the older ones. They’re the ones buying Santa statues, Santa toys, Santa whatever, and I really don’t know why they do it. Surely at their age they know there’s no Santa, haha!

  2. Siegfried says:

    Hello

    I still remember the time I found out Santa wasn’t responsible for all the cool gifts I found every year under the Christmas tree.

    I was 8 years old. Woke up just before midnight, on Christmas eve, because I was hearing voices coming from the living room. Opened my door and tiptoed towards the living room, where I saw mom & dad wrapping the presents. They were arguing ’cause they both wanted to gift wrap the presents their own specific way.

    I tiptoed back to my room, and fell asleep. The next morning I opened my presents and played Top Gun all day long on my brand new Nintendo Entertainment System, which “Santa” brought me.

    After learning the truth, it didn’t bother me at all. Being a kid and believing there’s a great man (who obviously loves to eat, a lot) from the North Pole with flying Reindeer, who every year brings us goodies if you’ve been a good kid, is a great thing to believe in.

    We grow up and we learn the truth, sometimes earlier than we’d like. But is that a bad thing? I think our parents are pretty awesome for going through aaaall the trouble to keep that illusion alive for us. Seeing the look on their faces when they see the look on OUR faces when we see the presents under the Christmas tree, is amazing.

    I for one plan on keeping the Christmas spirit alive when I have kids, although I hope that won’t be anytime soon! :D

    About the belief in God or Allah or Krishna, etc., it’s all the same thing. The belief that someone beyond our understanding is watching out for us. I don’t mind believing that, even if it sounds like a bedtime story, and probably is.

    Take care and have a very merry Christmas :)

    • lemraq says:

      Thank you. I just realized that I was only focusing on my own disappointment concerning Santa, but I didn’t take note of my mother’s disappointment when she learned that we already know. I’m glad you didn’t mind your discovery of the truth about who the real Santa Claus is. Since we all have different ways to react to same situations, I decided not to introduce Santa Claus to my nephews, and I’m glad that their mother (my sister) didn’t introduce Santa Claus to them at all. I want them to focus on the real meaning of Christmas and why it’s celebrated. :-)

      Merry Christmas, too!

  3. simplyfla says:

    Yeah your nephews will be the ones ruining other families Christmases for sure! Spread that pessimistic Joy To World! Hopefully there’s a special ed. school separate for children like yours with parents like you.

    Santa Claus is part of childhood.. I have memories of a man so unselfish and devoted that he would commit an act of kindness in the most special night of the year, the day Christ was born. To give to all the children gifts in one night, should be something we all aim for as human beings. Santa Claus shouldn’t just b some phony dude who wears red and has a white beard, the guy whom you’d take a pic at the mall. The guy you thought existed. If it is, there was a problem in the message’s transmission

    Either it was not sent right or it was not received right in your brain. Either way, you didn’t get the point of ol’ Saint Nick. Yes, Christmas is about Christ and the nativity, His birth. We get the point, its not “Nickmas” as you say, altho some Jonas brothers fans might disagree lol. But the reason of celebrating Him in part does have coincide with the reason of celebrating Saint Nicholas: Giving. Saint Nick, a Saint. Saints which in the Christian religion, are welcomed in most. But for those that don’t have saints, it stands for that of which we aim to be. In just one night Santa Clause did an unselfish act. Give to children of the world. And even though it is a pagan belief, it is of great lesson to teach.

    To see a child’s face on Christmas morning is one of the most exciting things in life. At the same time you can teach them your own religious meaning and not deprive them of a day that they will receive in their lives, an emotion priceless to the eyes of their progenitors, an experience priceless to a childhood memory.

    When you go to school, towards the end of the semester all your friends are excited doing their lists. All the teachers will be doing “Christmas” activities whether be it religious plays or secret friend gift exchange. And yours will be the ones not having any fun, eventually ruining some other kid’s fun because they are bitter. So yeah i hope there is a special ed class for kids that early on were deprived of Christmas morning gifts from Santa Claus.

    You say you dont want your children to go thru the desilusion you went thru.. perhaps you are forgetting the illusion you lived*

    • lemraq says:

      I don’t have children (now you can have a sigh of relief knowing that). You can relax. I only have nephews that I love wholeheartedly. It doesn’t matter to me if you agree with me or not. What matters to me is that I know I do things according to what my conscience dictates. This is what I stand for. I am not a fan of sentimentality. I don’t want to introduce something that I know is a lie, as if it’s the truth, and soon tell them it really isn’t true. My nephews are Catholics, and they would be brought up as Catholics. Christmas is a commemoration of Jesus coming into this world to save mankind and that’s what I want them to focus on. I don’t think my nephews are missing anything just because they weren’t introduced to Santa. They receive gifts with or without Santa, what more can they ask for? St. Nicholas is just one of our Saints and I don’t believe he should be given special treatment during Christmas season only because of the legend/myth that he was a bishop who chose to give gifts to the poor every Christmas. I don’t believe there should be a school that should be dedicated to lying to little children. Now, if I’m wrong in what I stand for regarding this, at least I know that I’m telling the TRUTH. If you think that’s pessimism, suit yourself, but don’t lie to children only because it makes you feel good seeing their gullible faces. And by the way, Santa is not the source of Joy. In Christianity, Jesus is the source of Joy.

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