Also, why is it that 11 months out of every year we warn our kids (rightly) of Stranger Danger, yet in December we actively encourage them to sit on the lap of any freak in an ill-fitting red suit and fake beard?
MsAnneThrope, I think the fact that the parents take the children to this stranger and teach them that this stranger gets them gifts every year is the problem. I don’t think children walk around a mall alone and just look for a guy in a red coat to sit on…
LadyAngora, people tell the Santa Claus fallacy for the same reason that they tell their children that there is a benevolent, omnipotent androgynous being looking down upon all of us from the heavens, who. loves. each. and. every. one. of. us.
Coz it’s fun to introduce magic and hope into a child’s life…and then tear it away.