According to a new poll, a whopping eight million Canadians still believe in Santa Claus.
Curiously, more older Canadians say they believe in Santa (32%) than younger Canadians (22%).
Carl Anderson, a Texas psychologist, is considered the world’s foremost expert on Santa. He says the man in the red suit is divisive for the same reason all robust cultural symbols can inspire opposing reactions: “Santa resonates at a far deeper level than most people realize.” One young father says, “Santa is a representation of dreams and hopes. So many adults don’t like that.”
Some years ago a Canadian academic caused a storm when he said it was time parents chucked the Santa myth.
Do you think children should be taught the Santa Claus story?
Is it damaging to the child if someone rubbishes Santa Claus?
Or is it even more damaging when the child discovers the whole thing is a hoax?
Or is Santa a hoax? What do you think?