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Can belief in Santa harm children psychologically?

The evidence suggests that it can

By Kathryn McKay  


It is a discussion that can inspire vitriol like no other. Question the “Santa lie” in front of parents and you may as well question everything that is held sacred.

There is no doubt that Santa brings incalculable joy to many children. My goddaughter is one of those children whose belief in Santa is magical—she is convinced that he has been planning her presents for the past year. Yet, as I help her mother buy presents, it also must be admitted that Santa is not real. The Santa we know now has…

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