It’s a double edged sword, my dad told me when I was 4/5 that the tooth fairy wasn’t real by showing me all my teeth. He then told me Santa Claus doesn’t come down the chimney on Christmas. So with that knowledge, I tried to ruin every other kid’s Christmas for the rest of elementary school. My mom was not a happy camper. Worse, this message is repeated time and time again, especially in children’s TV shows, that professionals state it’s a form of child abuse. Worse when products also enforce this mechanism, such as the “Elf on a Shelf” “toy” which promotes 24-hour surveillance on children to behave.
I decided not to do Santa with my kids for two reasons. 1. Many who are poor might only get necessities as presents. So while other kids get new games and toys, they got clothes and toothpaste. Maybe one or two smaller things. It just makes some kids feel inferior 2. I still remember when some kid told me Santa wasn’t real. It shatters a child’s world and basically tells a child their parent was lying to them. It may be fun, but to me, it just seems better to tell them the truth. Plus, then they can feel like they know a secret none of the other kids do.