I’ve heard some pretty ridiculous reasons why parents tell their kids there is no such thing as Santa or the Easter Bunny; they use religion as a ploy to their rationale, but ultimately, I think it has more to do with them being cheap, and less to do with Jesus. The one that really tops them all comes by way of Christian radio. When asked why you shouldn’t tell your kids that such things exist, the person being interviewed said because then they might one day question if Jesus is made up too. Lame!
What happens when that same kid grows up and realizes that Christianity isn’t as perfect as their parents made it sound? When they discover that with faith comes times of great trials and crisis’, and that just because you believe in God doesn’t mean your life will be easy and perfect? What happens when they discover that their parents claims about what faith is was just a little bit exaggerated and even make believe?
It seems funny to me that Christians take their kids to Disneyland, and their perfectly fine letting their kids believe that Mickey Mouse and Goofy are real, but as some guy in red appears and promises a gift to any child who behaves they say, “honey, that’s not real.”
Honestly, I don’t believe a kid believes in the Easter Bunny or Santa because they think they are real; I believe they believe because that’s simply how their mind works at that stage in life—that they make up games and make believe things because it makes them happy; to say they can’t believe in that is to soil a huge part of their imagination. Kids watch super hero movies and believe that one day they too can become that—and its fine, because it’s letting them grow creatively.
To this day, I have not once met an nonspiritual person who says their faith was first disturbed at a young age because their parents let them believe in make believe. I have heard plenty who say their doubts started because of the strict religious household that they grew up in—that they had parents that told them they could not believe in make believe things.
Maybe if more people did believe in make believe they might have the imagination to one day create a better world.
Whatever your beliefs are about the Easter Bunny (or Santa for that matter), I hope you and your family have a happy day today and remember the true meaning (sorry for you Greek Orthodox’s…you’ll have to wait until next week to have a happy day and remember the true meaning).