Why Your Children Should Believe in Santa
14 Nov 2015
You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town and together with encouraging good behaviour, recent studies suggests that believing in the bearded man with the red suit is actually a gift in itself for children, and here's why...
1. It's healthy
Whether your children believe in Santa Claus until they're six or thirteen, the task of believing first requires having an imagination, and that's something especially important. In today's age of overflowing information where access to technology appears as near unlimited, there's a growing fear that kids may lose touch with their creative abilities.
As Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand". Thus there's no harm in believing, instead it provides a boost for the imagination and a motive for creativity, which won't cost you anything - a true gift for any child.
2. It encourages discipline
We all feared Santa's naughty list at one stage in our lives, most likely because being in his bad books meant no presents. So naturally, we learned that we had to behave ourselves if we wanted a gift. By alluding to the notion of Santa Claus checking his 'naughty' and 'nice' lists, parents are offered a great opportunity to not only encourage discipline, but to also reward good behaviour.
3. There is some truth to be told
Let's not forget the story of St. Nicholas because when all the elves, reindeer and seasonal aesthetics disappear, it's his actions, which encompass the very morals that in turn, truly define the real meaning of Christmas. As most would know, 'Father Christmas' or 'Santa Claus' was inspired and developed from the true life of St. Nicholas who was a famous Bishop and like Santa Claus, wore red robes. Despite being a wealthy man, St. Nicholas was known and celebrated for his kindness and compassion as he would help those in need, and gave many gifts and much money to the poor.
So if there's ever a time when your child questions the truth behind Santa or doubts his existence, you can elucidate the work of St. Nicholas and his life of love and generosity because at the end of the day, believing in humanity, living to be a better person and cherishing your loved ones, are all underlying values that have enough power to last a lifetime.
And for an enchanted experience your child can treasure, visit David Jones Magic Cave for the opportunity to meet Santa and to have magical photos taken in front of a movie-like Green Screen, which is then used to create classic Christmas scenes for photo memories you and your family will treasure.