Thursday, December 25, 2008

In Honor of Christmas

I sit next to my manager at work, so I hear just about everything that goes on in the office. I actually learned to tune everyone out, so I don't listen to as much as I could (a lot is really boring), but when I do tune in, its because I know the convo will be of interest.

A few days ago a non-frum lady (Jewish, a mother of two young kids) came over to my manager and told her a story about how her 4 year old wants to celebrate Christmas. So the lady tells her son "We don't celebrate Christmas"

Her son went crazy and said "what do you mean?!"

She said "Don't worry, we still get all the presents"

He said "Will Santa Clause bring them to me?"

She said "Yes he will."

So this conversation really ticked me off. I generally don't understand why parents would lie to their kids about things like Santa, the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny, and to lie about a character that doesn't even exist within the realm of your own traditions? What's the point?

This lady should've said to her kid "chanukah is just so much cooler than Christmas! We get to light pretty candles, eat Donuts, get EIGHT days to celebrate. Christmas is just ONE day! Why would you want only a ONE day holiday?"

Why lie about santa? I feel as if the parents lose credibility in their children's eyes. Its like when you hit a certain age, and realize all those characters don't exist, and your parents knowingly told you they did, you'll begin to question everything they ever told you. You'll begin to doubt their promises. That is insane. Why go there?


Mikeinmidwood said...

Hold on one second. Are you telling me Hanukkah Harry doesnt exist and is a made up character? Say it aint so.

EsPes said...

yea that does seem a little weird, but if he goes to a public school, maybe she didnt want to ruin it for the other kids?

frumskeptic said...

MIM- sorry you had to find out this way :(

espes - she definitly didn't want to disappoint him.

Anonymous said...

I agree that advertising a mythical figure that doesn't follow in your tradition is wrong, however does a spray that kills monsters ring a bell??? Its the same thing. BTW since I heard that I have used my own magic spray more then once for my older child :)

Fav anony

frumskeptic said...

anony- My parents never purposely told me monsters existed though. lol. I wouldn't listen when they told me the TRUTH!


HOw do you have monster spray for your kid? Do you use regular air freshener with a funny sticker? Cuz when I was scared of monsters my grandma went to some American Indian Tepe Shop and bought some special looking monster spray thing. lol.

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Moshe said...

What about the Purim gnome? Don't tell me he's not real, I see him every Purim!

mindelminhashymus said...

what about Frostie the Snowman?

The Babysitter said...

I agree with you on this one.

frumskeptic said...

babysitter- We usually don't agree...hehe :)

we should mark this day and celebrate it for years to come. hehe :-)

The Babysitter said...

lol, now your too funny! :-)

Kt said...

I was a firm believer in the Tooth Fairy until I was 8 or so. I would even try to stay up late so I could visually see the Fairy come to my pillow at night (never worked).

When I laughed about it with my mom when I got older, she used to still insist that it wasn't actually her and quickly change the subject lol! (In a joking way)