- The social worker believes that giving credit to Santa gives kids unrealistic expectations for Christmas
- Not all families can afford expensive gifts
- A child shouldn't have to feel as if the had done something wrong when they don't receive what they expected
Not many people find Father Christmas controversial but social worker Megan Dunn feels that when Santa is given credit for expensive gifts it does not do any favour for the kids that receive them.
Its fine for kids to get small cheap gifts from Santa, she explains, but not the expensive ones. Santa is an imaginary character, kids don't know this and believe he can give them any present they want.
Briefly.co.za learned that some parents can't afford the expensive gifts and have to get more practical presents such as clothes or shoes. Some kids don't understand then why the neighbour gets an i-pad and he gets socks.
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Does that mean that he did something wrong that Santa didn't get what he asked for? That's the core of Dunn's argument. Not all families can afford expensive gifts and it is easier for kids to come to terms with reality when parents can explain why the couldn't get expensive gifts according to liftable.com.
She posted her opinion on Facebook and she got an overwhelming response, 58,000 reactions, over 100,000 shares, and 167 comments. Some disagreed with Dunn while others saw her point.
She has since set up a gofundme account called 'Santa's piggy bank' to provide gifts for families who cannot afford gifts for their kids this year.
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