This week's Money Moral DilemmaA family is struggling to make ends meet this Christmas, so should they explain Santa doesn't exist and they can't afford the toy or go into debt to keep the myth alive?MYTH - EXACTLY THAT!Started in Myra (Lycia) where "St" Nicholas was said to be bishop. There is a near universal belief that St. Nicholas of Bari once lived in Asia Minor, and died in either 345 or 352 AD. The speculation is that he was probably born in Patara in the province of Myra in Asia Minor; this is apparently based on the belief that he later became bishop of Myra in Lycia (now Turkey). 8. He is alleged to have attended the first council of Nicea; however, his name does not appear on lists of attending bishops. He absorbed pagan attributes, including those from Woden (Odin), chief of the wild hunt, who rides through the sky with reindeer and forty-two supernatural huntsmen. Since the Reformation, this saint has become merged with the Father Christmas of Yuletide. The modern Santa Claus also has elements of Thor, traditionally depicted riding a goat and carrying a wassail bowl. The myth (non-truth) has spread westward.
As for the red and white, although it had already come to be used, it was made popular by CocaCola, who "adopted" it.
When my girls were young, I never told them whether he exited or not - I left it to them to enjoy whatever they got during Christmas Eve night (4 a.m.!!).
What should not happen and needs to be addressed is children being able to blackmail their parents, which they will always try, and parents being foolish enough to allow them to. If you can't afford the presents, make them something or take them somewhere that doesn't cost a lot. What about teaching them about the wonderland around us (amazing sunsets or going to the top of one of the highest buildings around you, looking out over the incredible views there by day and/or evening and have a competition to guess the buildings/landmarks. How about making the most beautiful sweets/biscuits/glace fruits, etc.? Put them into attractive jars/boxes and decorate.
The list could go on and on. Believe me - I've been there and still have a struggle financially.
New MSE poll findings
Get £100s or £1,000s back for being mis-sold
Selected items, via code