Replacing the Santa Claus Myth

[For parents]

Speaking of joyful Christmas celebration for children, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes, "Let it continue thus with one exception: the children should not be taught to believe that Santa Claus has aught to do with this pastime." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 261;

If we tell a child there is a real Santa Claus and later tell him there is no Santa Claus, aren't we actually training him to believe that deception is acceptable? In Proverbs we read, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Prov. 22:6;

Remembering Only Good
December 23, 1972

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