The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .) : a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?
Personally I think it’s a little of both. The Easter bunny is distantly related to a religious holiday, and I say distant, because what the bunny implies now has little or nothing to do with how it started out. Mr. bunny originated with the pagan festival of Eastre, and from there went on to become famous when the Germans brought it to America, then it moved into eternal oblivion as westerners let their children indulge in its surgery goodness.
The Tooth Fairy and Santa Clause follow close behind as symbols of excess, in one way or another. Why we feel the need to reward our children with money under the pillow, I’ll never know. If you think about it for a second, don’t you think little kids might find it a bit creepy to know there has been a stranger in their bedroom at night? And we wonder why our kids have nightmares…
And Mr. Clause….. well, he’s been slam dunked so far from his origin of birth that it’s bizarre. I’m not sure why humans feel the need to twist things to such a distorted level. We have made these holidays fun and enjoyable, but at what cost? Our kids grow up thinking it’s ok to lie to their children, then get all bent out of shape when things go very wrong. But we taught them to do this didn’t we?
We humans are so strange, why is it so difficult to just tell the truth?