It's about my sister. Shocking, right?
As you may or may not recall, my sister is a staunch atheist. Naturally I've already been warned not to indoctrinate my niece. Meanwhile, one of my sister's favorite expletives is "Jesus Christ," but whatever.
Anyway, on Christmas I asked if Santa had visited their house. This is the response I got:
"Oh, we still haven't decided if we're going to do that."
I was feeling a little feisty, thanks to some wine, so I pressed the issue. Apparently, while studies have been done that show believing in Santa boosts a child's imagination, they just aren't sure what the benefit of lying to their child would be. So then I said something like, "What about her friends?" and the response I got was...
"Jewish and Muslim children don't believe in Santa and they get along with their friends just fine."
Yes, but Jewish and Muslim children don't have Christmas trees in their houses or Christmas stockings on their mantels and they don't "celebrate" Christmas with their families!!!
I am fully aware that Christmas is a secular holiday for many people, but take away the religious aspects AND the idea of Santa...and what exactly is left? Can anyone tell me? What is the point of Christmas then?