We asked five experts: should I lie to my children about Santa?

Published 10 December 2022
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Sophie Heizer, The Conversation

Ah yes, December. Christmas trees and decorations are popping up in shop windows, the weather is warming up, and the school holiday period looms. This may be exciting or distressing, depending on your relationship with your family.

Not everyone celebrates Christmas. But, for those who do, you may find yourself lying to your children during the holidays about jolly old Saint Nick. But is there real harm in lying to your children to prop up a popular myth? And don’t you deserve the credit for buying all the presents?

As adults we know Santa Claus isn’t real, but many of us remember the disappointing day we discovered this was the case. We asked five experts from various fields – including Southern Cross University's Associate Professor David Zyngier from the Faculty of Education – if you should lie to your children about Santa.

Four out of five experts said no

Here are their detailed responses:


If you have a “yes or no” education question you’d like posed to Five Experts, email your suggestion to: sophie.heizer@theconversation.edu.au


Disclosures: David Zyngier is convenor of The Public Education Network.The Conversation

Sophie Heizer, Commissioning Editor, Education, The Conversation

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