366 Days of Writing Prompts – Day 68
The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .) : a
fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying
I’ve gone back and forth about this off and on throughout my life. There have been times that I have thought it harmless to tell kids about the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus, and there have been times that I thought it was harmful to lie to kids about such things.
I think it is because it was spoiled for me at such a young age. It began with Santa Claus. I couldn’t understand why Santa brought my richer cousins more toys than he did my own family. I questions my parents about it a few times until finally someone, I don’t remember who now, informed me that parents were Santa Claus and it depended on their income as to how many presents we received. Then the Easter Bunny was stripped away, followed by the Tooth Fairy. All before I was 8 or 9. But you see, I had a younger brother and the lies were continued for his benefit and I had to go along with them. To me, it was hypocrisy, but what could I do at such a young age? Nothing.
I was cynical for most of my teenage and early adult years. I thought it was stupid to build kids up for all of that hype. To lie and deceive them. It’s only in the last five years or so that I have seen the benefits of such things, the fantasy behind them. It helps to build imagination and without imagination, we are nothing. So now I fully support it, but I think the kids should be involved as much as possible. Let them help decorate, create, wrap presents, give to others in the spirit of Christmas or Easter. Let their imaginations soar. And when the time comes that they find out it was all fantasy, perhaps they’d had so much fun being involved in it, that they will not become bitter and cynical as I once did.
How about you, dear readers? Do you think this is harmless or harmful to children? Share your thoughts with me in comments.