The truth about Santa Claus

Almost half of children over seven years alone know that Santa - fiction, by analyzing and comparing the facts about it, and parents only need to confirm this conjecture.

The truth about Santa Claus

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Almost half of children over seven years alone know that Santa - fiction, by analyzing and comparing the facts about it, and parents only need to confirm this conjecture. This conclusion was made by psychologists in Montreal and the University of Ottawa (Canada), comparing data from surveys conducted among children and their parents in 1896, 1979 and 2000. However, even knowing the real situation, the children with his stories maintain faith in the Santo have their younger brothers and sisters! And finally, the most interesting: it seems, parents have become more supportive of this character in the last hundred years. If belief in him makes their children happy, 80% of today's parents support this baby belief (at the end of the XIX century there were slightly more than half).

Why parents childlike faith in Santa Claus?

The truth about Santa Claus

Galina Burmenskaya, age psychology.

Parents need a fairy tale no less than the children. The desire to keep children's belief in the good fairy characters - is a natural reaction of adults to strengthen in society the spirit of practicality, earthiness of material - and in this sense we are not different from the United States and Canada, countries where these studies were carried out. Something has to lift off the ground, to inspire us; and parents intuitively support in children the belief in Santa Claus, collecting grains of magic that brings the New Year. Indeed, the main source of joy available to us - is not fun, and creativity, and New Year's holidays give us that opportunity. In addition, adults themselves experiencing tremendous emotion when they see the joy your child: children's vision reality is brighter, more powerful than the parents. So they can, sharing the child, to revive their childhood experiences, his delight. "