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Re: [atheists-59] Santa Clause

From: Mark S.
Sent on: Thursday, April 19, 2007 11:20 PM
>>>>>­ On Thu, 19 Apr[masked]:28:18 -0400 (EDT), Roy <[address removed]> said:

    Roy> As much as I am a die-hard atheist, a part of me wants him to
    Roy> grow up believing in some fantasies, including Santa Clause,
    Roy> at least for a couple of years.  Isn���t that part of being a
    Roy> child?  Are we right to deny Santa Clause from our children?

I am not sure if i ever believed in Santa Clause.  I used to help
bring the presents in from my Aunt's car & put them under the tree
(the presents were stored at my Aunt's house, presumably so that my
brother and i would not find them and sneak opening them).  By helping
put them under the tree I could make sure i knew where all of them
were when we went to open them.

I don't think anything was lost from my childhood by not having this
belief in some gift-giving entity... the gifts came from real people
that loved me and wished to bestow presents upon me, and who i gave
presents to as well in the same spirit.

- mark

(now the tooth fairy is another matter entirely... i do remember
believing that one at least for a little while...[grin])

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