Friday, December 29, 2017

Santa: Evidence Wanted

I had another Christmas post planned for last week, but then...Baby decided he had other plans (that involved refusing to nap for a while).


Thomas Nast

But I did want to share this fascinating article from npr (which I found via this post by Maria Tatar, which includes other links to interesting and related articles). Researchers studied how easy it was to get children to believe in a fantastical creature, a made up "Candy Witch" who would swap candy for toys at Halloween. It certainly applies to children who believe in Santa Claus, a topic that has been more pertinent as Tony and I wonder how we'll navigate the issue when our son gets older, as well as fairy tales in general and how they are perceived.

The article states, "Children are generally pretty sophisticated when it comes to differentiating fantasy from reality, even though they often have rich fantasy lives populated by imaginary friends, fueled by fictional stories, and used to generate the diverse make-believe worlds that form the backdrop to imaginative play and pretense. As early as preschool, children begin to understand that appearances can be misleading." (emphasis mine)

In their experiment, they found that children were more likely to believe in the Candy Witch if they had evidence to prove it (such as overhearing their parents making a call to the Candy Witch and finding some candy swapped for toys). Also, younger children (around 3 or 4) were no more likely than slightly older children (up to 7) to believe-evidence was more important than age, until around 8, when belief in fantastical creatures significantly decreases. But not every child believed, even those told about the Candy Witch by their teachers and parents.



Norman Rockwell

So not every child will just accept everything told them, even young ones, or from trusted sources. Children observe and weigh evidence as they conclude what is or isn't real. Personally I think that Christmas movies, which usually tend to be all about how Santa Claus is real and portray believers as "good" and skeptics as villains, are a pretty significant influence as well.

Parents, how do you handle Santa Claus in your house?

6 comments:

  1. "Personally I think that Christmas movies, which usually tend to be all about how Santa Claus is real and portray believers as "good" and skeptics as villains, are a pretty significant influence as well."

    A YT comment section is not scientific evidence, but under a review for The Sanata Clause, I recently found an interesting comment tree about how apparently quite a lot of people lost their belief in Santa Clause, because the movie was their first exposure to the idea that adults don't believe in Santa Clause.

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    1. That is interesting, I hadn't thought of that. I always found that ironic too in Christmas movies, if presents showed up on Christmas morning each year the parents didn't put there, it wouldn't be a matter of believing or not believing, but just the way things are. The movie never does explain why the adults (I forget their names) never got the presents they wanted from Santa as kids...

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  2. Though I'm not generally a fan of his videos, Bandgeek8408 had an interesting video about the topic of Santa:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-OQXkcmtKA

    Oh, and this video popped up in my feed, on the subject of Santa, and I found it pretty hilarious, so I had to share it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRMERpOsHL0

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