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?