I don’t want to sound ignorant or rude towards other religions.
But why do they have fake people like Santa Claus in their religion? It makes no sense to me and I just really want to know why they have him there. Pointless lies to keep your children happy is just keeping them away from the truth….
Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus are two different entities, but Santa Claus has some aspects that are based off of Saint Nicholas, such as the gift-giving aspect. However, Santa Claus is based off of Western European folklore, namely from the Dutch. I can at least speak for Catholicism when I say there is no Santa Claus within that religion.
In a secular sense, you can argue that you’re keeping lies from your children. And although I grew out of believing, in my experience, I still find a sort of “magic” in Christmas in thinking that there is a jolly man giving out presents to all the children in the world. Perhaps I’m just holding on to whatever childlike innocence i have left, but although I know that its my parents who buy me gifts, I just really enjoy the excitement on Christmas Eve and to see what “Santa” brought us on Christmas morning.
Although I’d have to decide with my husband, I’d probably go on and say that there is a Santa Claus because perhaps they would find a joy in the magic as well.