Lesson No. 1: Santa is real

Some parents are upset at an Ontario Elementary teacher who might have mistakenly told her third-grade students that Santa Claus does not exist.
Susan McMillan
Dec 12, 2010

Some parents are upset at an Ontario Elementary teacher who might have mistakenly told her third-grade students that Santa Claus does not exist.

Assistant superintendent Dennis Muratori is investigating what the teacher said and the circumstances.

Such statements could be cause for disciplinary action, superintendent Tom Tucker said.

"There are guidelines and things that we just don't do," he said. "Your beliefs are your beliefs, and they are not shared in a classroom."

No Sandusky Schools policy addresses this particular situation.

The incident allegedly occurred earlier this week during a writing exercise. After receiving complaints from parents, Muratori contacted Ontario principal Jill Wasiniak, who had the teacher call parents.

School board president Faith Denslow learned about the incident Friday while attending a holiday program.

If it's true, Denslow said, it's deeply disappointing that a teacher would say such things.

Santa is real, said the jolly old elf himself, as he sat in the Washington Park Cookie House on Friday evening. He greeted children under a brightly painted wall proclaiming, "Seeing isn't believing; believing is seeing."

Santa, learning of the alleged classroom incident, didn't plan to put the teacher on his naughty list and carefully worded a response about his existence.

"Santa loves Christmas and the Christmas spirit," he said. "What that means to Mr. and Mrs. Claus, it means family and love."

 

Yes, Virginia ...

Perhaps a newspaper's response to an 8-year-old girl says it best. Virginia O'Hanlon wrote to the New York Sun in 1897 to ask about the existence of Santa. Here are some excerpts from an editor's published response to her question:

"Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood."

 

Comments

Taxed Enough Already

I find it ironic that they may discipline a teacher over claiming that Santa Claus is not real but yet the school board member, Faith Denslow, found this out while attending a "holiday program".  They will get bent out of shape over disbelief in Santa yet they can't call a Christmas program just that, a Christmas program.  They have to hide it under the guise of Holiday.  Holiday stands for HOLY DAY, I am sure that teacher could have denied Christ and that would have been okay.  After all we can't say Christmas we must say Holiday.  That is the same as denying Christ in my book.  Well, I believe in Christ!  I also believe in  Santa Claus who is an adaptation  for St. Nicholas who secretively left gifts of coins for children in their shoes.  Though our modern day Santa Claus is a derivative from the Dutch, Sinterklaas, they all originate from St. Nicholas. Keep Christ in Christmas as he is the reason for the season and he is what keeps the holiday HOLY.   For those who don't want to believe or celebrate, please just step back and excuse us as well as ignore us who do celebrate.  You are absolutely correct that in a free America you can not be forced to celebrate, but in the same sense you have no right to keep us from celebrating Christmas.  It is just as free for us Christians as it is for non-believers.  I won't force you to celebrate and please don't force me NOT to celebrate.  So MERRY CHRISTMAS to all those who wish to celebrate Christmas.

Americanonly

To Taxed.....Amen...........couldn't have said it better myself.  It's time that people who tell Christians to be tolerant to practice that themselves and leave us to celebrate Christ's birth.  Years ago you never saw people stopping any Christian display anywhere... not in the park, or any where!  It was a wonderful time to raise a family because we didn't have to fight the Atheist, or any other religious group.  We didn't have the anti-Christianity we have today.  Sad state of affairs that's for sure.  I also see no reason for a teacher to tell any student there isn't a Santa Clause... leave things alone that are not your business.  Parents from Christian homes tell their children the real reason for the season and along with that also tell about the origin of Santa.  I can say without any hesitation, I am glad I grew up in a different time and was able to raise my children in a much better time too.  Never thought I'd see the day America would turn it's back on Christ and the celebration of CHRISTMAS... so sad...  We will pay for this one day.  And to all the Anti-Christians out there who hate Christians so much they try to distroy our celebration... don't bother writting your hate letters in here because it won't change our minds about what we are truely celebrating.  We never made it mandatory that you celebrate it so what in the world is your problem..?  If you are offended get over it and ignor us... like you use to.

dorothy gale

So who is trying to force you not to celebrate Christmas?  I believe it's the so-called "Christians" who try to force their beliefs on everyone.  I call this time of year whatever I want to call it, I celebrate it the way I choose to celebrate it, and I don't care nor am I harmed by how others want to celebrate it.  Funny, no one is forcing ME to not celebrate Christmas.  It is YOU and people like you who try to force others to believe as you do, to call it what YOU call it, and to celebrate this season in the way YOU see fit.  Your way is not the only way nor is it the only "right" way.

As for the teacher telling her students that "Santa" isn't real, I think that shows she's just a Grinch and maybe showed bad judgment; hopefully the "disciplinary action" will be limited to telling her to keep her personal opinions to herself when dealing with other people's children.  Instead of complaining to the assistant superintendent, perhaps the parents could have explained to their kids that this is a great big world filled with billions of people who believe all sorts of things, and if their teacher  chooses not to believe Santa is "real," that is her right, but it should in no way sway what OTHERS believe to be "real." 

6079 Smith W

Interesting moral quandary. The reality is that SC is a myth told to children and the teacher is to be potentially disciplined for telling the truth?

There are some in our society who believe that the ever-generous govt. is SC – which is also a myth.

perkinsandlynn

Dear Taxed enough already,

If the Holiday Program had Christmas and Jewish elements in it...as Jewish children attend the school... wouldn't be correct to call it a Holiday Program.  Or is your shallowness that deep?

badsuzee

taxed i agree 100% with what you said.  shame on the teacher for saying anything like that to her students.  i work at a store in sandusky and we have a pin that we are wearing this year that says Merry Christmas on it.  i feel good about this because i know the reason for the season.  i have not heard anyone complain about this.  we need to keep Christ in Christmas because without him we wouldnt exist.  and to the teacher--if santa isnt real, tell that to my wallet.

perkinsandlynn

I love how badsuzee talks about keeping Christ in Christmas and how good she fells wearing her pin...but has disguised swear word in her signature.

Stay classy Sandusky...stay classy....and hyprcritical

 

umakemelaugh

swear words aren't a "sin" I've never seen an eleventh commandment stating thou shalt not say beotch. People chose to make words bad, God doesn't give a d@mn :)

FST

 I never made a big deal about Santa to my kids because I knew that one day they would find out from other kids about Santa. But what I alway have done from day one is make sure my kids and grandkids knew what Christmas was REALLY about.  The birth if Christ.   So on Christmas eve I would read to them the story about the birth if Jesus.  On Christmas morning, we all get up and have breakfast first.  Then open gifts one at a time. Around noon, everything becomes all about Jesus and we would have cake and ice cream and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. My kids have grown up to be good Christians and have carried on the tradition with their kids.   Just think what  would happen if everybody made it a tradition to celebrate the birth of Christ over the giving of gifts on Christmas day.  I know many do,but how many make their kids stop to sing Happy Birthday in the middle?  Well,it has worked for MY family anyways.  Every year I tell people here about what we do and many have said they want to do it too. I wonder how many have remembered. My wife and I are alone in our home now and that is what we do instead of gifts.

goofus

A female dog reference is a swear word? Get over yourself!

goofus

Children sleeping, snow is softly falling
Dreams are calling like bells in the distance
We were dreamers not so long ago
But one by one we all had to grow up
When it seems the magic's slipped away
We find it all again on Christmas day

Believe in what your heart is saying
Hear the melody that's playing
There's no time to waste
There's so much to celebrate
Believe in what you feel inside
And give your dreams the wings to fly
You have everything you need
If you just believe

Trains move quickly to their journey's end
Destinations are where we begin again
Ships go sailing far across the sea
Trusting starlight to get where they need to be
When it seems that we have lost our way
We find ourselves again on Christmas day

Believe in what your heart is saying
Hear the melody that's playing
There's no time to waste
There's so much to celebrate
Believe in what you feel inside
And give your dreams the wings to fly
You have everything you need
If you just believe [x4]

Just believe

 

MoonDog44870

 If you keep your kids home from elementary school you might be able to make sure someone doesn't tell them there is no such thing as Santa Claus.

Now the trick is keeping them away from Universities, Excavations, Museums, Research Centers and laboratories where they will find out that there is no such thing as the Jesus you have been giving them every December 25th.

Kimo

From article: "No Sandusky Schools policy addresses this particular situation."

No policy, so.......... no policy violated, end of story.

starryeyes83

Schools force their beliefs on kids everyday.

6079 Smith W

 

MoonDog44870 writes: 

“There is no such thing as the Jesus you have been giving them every December 25th.”

And you know this with one hundred percent metaphysical certainty how?

 

MoonDog44870

 Well well Well Winnie, you boast about your awesome 4 year education at the low tier BGSU, apparently that wasn't enough education to get you past superstition and belief in ancient Hebrew mythology. Just go tell all the geneticists and geologists that the world is 6,000 years old. Use the King James Bible to prove to them that the earth is 6,000 years old.

   Now the "proof" that Jesus walked this earth comes from  Roman references to Christians. By this line of thought the fact that there was a disturbance at this school over Santa Claus proves that he existed.

Education is the antidote to fundamentalists. As for myself I do believe in God. Believing that Jesus is God is not required to believe in God.  Believing that Jesus was born in a manger in Beyt Lehem on December 25th, 1 CE is just plain absurd. This isn't the time or place. This is about Santa Claus and Christmas magic, a Santa Claus that loves all children and has gifts for all good children even if their parents don't give 10% of their wages to buy the pastor a Cadillac.

6079 Smith W

 @ MoonDog44870:

LOL Your ignorant and foolish rant assumes that a question necessitates a certain belief structure. I trust that you enjoyed writing your useless blather.

What’s your collegian alma mater Hot Dog?

You wrote:

“Now the "proof" that Jesus walked this earth comes from  Roman references to Christians.”

Who, what, when and where are the origin of these “Roman references?”

So you really don't know, but someone just told you that Jesus wasn't born around this time of year? How do you know that they're accurate?

Kindly try to not bore me again would ya?

 

 

MoonDog44870

 Winston. I was referring to what Pliny had written about the "Chrestus" in Rome.  Tacitus may have beat him by a year or two. 

  So now instead of retreating to a "It's all about faith" redoubt is the tactic of the "believers" to simply say "My beliefs are true" and you can not prove they are not true so I must be right? Such feeble attempts are what empowers the disgusting "Flying Spaghetti Monster crowd" who simply wish to insult and mock God.  So unless I can  prove that shepherds would not be abiding in the fields in (Tishri) December or that Mary would not choose wintertime to travel, then I must accept your nativity scene from a  K-Mart version of Christ's birth? Do I have to have a multicultural 3 wisemen too, or can you accept  that they took a few years to show up from Persia?

    How about this Mr BGSU alumni, (BGSU has enrolled 150 unwed single mothers on welfare to every national Merit finalist) prove to me that Christmas and Easter were not scheduled to pre-empt pagan festivities. It is established that when Constantine made Christianity the State religion of the Empire that the Church took over many popular holidays and replaced them with Christian themes but did not remove all the pagan symbols-easter eggs, evergreens, holly, etc. I love how people proclaim "He's the reason for the season" and "There would be no Holiday without Jesus". The entire atheist Soviet Block did just fine with New Years Day being their big winter holiday and time to exchange presents.

  One last not you pathetic old man with nothing to do than re-imagine your life on the blogs, I can not specify my alma mater without making it real obvious who I am. It wasn't a joke of a school like BGSU.

Salvatore

I guess this all explains why the tooth fairy never left me any money for all of my baby teeth that I left under my pillow when I was a youngster.

goofus

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BabyCakes

So the teacher is going to get into trouble for telling the truth? This isn't about religous beliefs, this is about the fact that a man with reindeer and a sled does not come and bring you gifts. She was telling the honest truth, I think it's horrible that parents tell their kids that there is Santa. It's lying right to your own child's face. My kids pretend there is a Santa, but they know the the difference between pretending and having an asinine belief.

jbtt2009

 What ever happened to childhood innocence - As a child I believed in Santa and I look back fondly at those memories - I'm glad to share that with my children now. I feel like some of the people commenting on here are just scrooges - let children be children.... 

Santa Claus

Since you and your readers referred to me by name, I thought I'd comment.

To begin with: My legal name is Santa Claus; so, Santa Claus does, in fact, exist.

I'm a full-time volunteer advocate for the 2 million children in the U.S. annually who are abused, neglected, exploited, abandoned, homeless, and institutionalized through no fault of their own.

I'm also a consecrated Christian Bishop and Monk, as St. Nicholas was many centuries ago. I believe that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, not the crass, comercial, secular spectacle that it has become in many places, and that the greatest gift one can give is love, not presents.

Perhaps, it would be more productive to address the needs of vulnerable children in dire straits than to chastize a teacher who may have misspoken. For example, I would like to see parents volunteer at a soup kitchen or shelter and bring their children along to learn or rekindle compassion. Also, parents might donate to an established local charity, providing for the health, safety, and welfare of less fortunate children, in their own child's name and let their child know that is their gift.

Whatever one's belief, at Christmas-time, it is the presence, not the presents, that counts.

Blessings to all, Santa Claus

The Rt. Rev. Santa Claus, OAC

 

 

Raoul Duke

Hmmmm........

SamAdams

"Mommy, is Santa real?"

"Of course he is, dear!"

"Mommy, does Santa know if I'm good or bad?"

"Sure, he know whether every little girl or boy is good or bad because he's always watching."

"Mommy, how does Santa fly and bring presents to everybody in just one night?"

"Santa is magic. He can do miraculous things like fly around the world overnight on Christmas."

"Mommy, can I see Santa Claus?"

"No, honey, but he's real. Believe me!"

"Oh, I get it, Mommy, Santa's just like Jesus, isn't he?"

And you wonder why so many kids decide there are no gods once they find out that Mommy CAN'T be believed, at least not where  Santa's concerned! All-seeing, all-knowing, completely invisible, capable of miracles, and you should believe in that even though I lied about it once because you can REALLY believe me about this other guy. Uh huh.

As far as the teacher goes, it was no more her place to tell kids Santa's not real than it would be to tell kids Jesus is just a story. Stick to the facts in schoool, and leave matters of belief somewhere else.

And don't anybody start. Christianity, like almost all religions, is a matter of faith. In fact if you bother to look it up, the Bible itself says that faith is integral. If there were any kind of definitive proof, there'd be no need for faith, so evidence is immaterial. You either believe or you don't for whatever your reasons are or they aren't. Maybe if everybody stopped caring so much about what everybody else believed or didn't believe, there'd be a whole lot more peace on the planet!

 

Kimo
The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and an honest Republican were having dinner.   Which one is the imposter?   Come on people, this is easy to solve.   We all know there is no such thing as an honest Republican.
SMH-FML

HAPPY FESTIVUS !!! :)   

Raoul Duke

I'm thinking that by Christmas my 3rd grade year, I knew what was up with Santa Claus. I knew who was giving me my presents. Maybe I was mature for my age. This is a really weird story.

tranaldi

 Bravo Goofus Bravo! Beautiful poem! I do poetry myself, and I appreciate others works as well. The teacher shouldn't have stuck it to the kids about Santa Claus! They should find out for themselves whether he's real or not. There was a true St. Nicholas at one time, but his spirit lives on in our Christmas traditions. As for Jesus, He is real, and if you don't know it now you'll know it later! Get ready to bow, because YOU WILL! Even if it's on all fours, you will! I believe in the Saviour for who He is and Santa Claus for who he is! Let's not be sarcastic and mix the two of them up here! How annoying and foolish! Let's all try to have a holly jolly Christmas anyhow, and knock off the nasty comments and behaviors! Get a life, will you? Merry Christmas anyhow! HOHOHOHOHOHO!

starryeyes83

Oh, yeah!  If Santa was real  why didn't he bring me a Lite Brite when I was a kid.   I only asked for  three years.  Nothing!    And it wasn't like  I could get away with anything  (I went back and forth between TWO houses)... I couldn't get away with being naughty.

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