“The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .): a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?”
I imagine most of you are thinking that each of these characters are just harmless fun aren’t you? You’re probably thinking that these characters get kids to use their imaginations and give them something to look forward to aren’t you?
Well I say bah! Humbug!
Let’s take the tooth fairy for instance. You tell your kid that if they put their tooth under their pillow before they sleep, that the tooth fairy will swap it for money. What does this teach them? It teaches them that they can swap body parts for money, that’s what! This discourages them from doing what they should do – which is to go out and get a job.
The Easter bunny, brings chocolate eggs to kids – well that just makes them hyperactive, and fat, and rots their teeth; then they’ll want money for those so they can buy more chocolate. It’s a vicious cycle.
Santa Claus? A fat old man with a big sleigh full of toys flies all over the world in a single night, pops down chimneys and deposits whatever you ask for, provided that you have been a good child. This gives children a sense of entitlement for doing what they should be doing anyway! Besides, Christmas music is crap.
So I say down with them all.