Santa too scary for children, says UK government

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 12, 2005

What would we do without the nanny state to protect us from ourselves? From The Scotsman:

The highlight of any Christmas party for generations of children has been the moment when the lights dim, voices hush and the sound of sleigh bells signals the imminent arrival of Santa Claus.

But that magic moment has come under threat from government advisers who have told teachers that children should be protected from the "terrifying" appearance of Santa at school Christmas parties.

Pantomimes are also regarded as psychological "scene of crime" sites, with teachers told to seat nervous pupils near an exit.

The advice, on the website, run by the communications unit of the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), was yesterday criticised by education specialists, who said learning to cope with fear was a vital part of growing up. The furore appeared to have led to a U-turn, with the advice being removed last night and the government denying it represented official policy.

Outstanding. Her Majesty's government suggests Santa is a source of terror. The UK's professional educators concur, but insist that learning to cope with FEAR is a vital part of growing up. And doubtless our own minders will deplore the exclusivist Christian bigotry and patriarchal ideology lurking behind Santa's day job as Bishop of Myra.

Perhaps the old boy isn't coming to town, after all.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 14, 2005 12:55 PM ET USA

    I found the reindeer particularly endearing...all I could think of was the scene in the Monty Python Holy Grail movie where Tim the Enchanter claims the rabbit in question has " sharp, pointy teeth".

  • Posted by: Sterling - Dec. 13, 2005 11:53 PM ET USA

    Yes, railing about Santa, poor stuff that - right - but WHO DREW THAT CARTOON? It is hilarious! I'm printing it out, and it's worth every last drop of my printer ink. It needs to go on the poster for the movie we can expect to be released during Christmas, 2006: "Night of Nick" (scary music) He's coming to town - YOU BETTER WATCH OUT!!! (What's that I hear on my roof? Aaargh!)

  • Posted by: - Dec. 13, 2005 6:58 AM ET USA

    Yes - all Christian symbolism including Santa is under attack in the UK, as all over the world (including the US) - as has been the case since Pentecost - what else is new? At least in this case common sense has now prevailed and the DFES has removed their comments from the web. But its not all gloom and doom - I saw and programme on UK tv (channel 4) last night debunking the Da Vinci code accusations against Opus Dei - made me proud to be British!

  • Posted by: - Dec. 13, 2005 5:41 AM ET USA

    Let's pray the Brits do ban this, but not for this reason. It's sad to see Christians going along with the Santa myth. And how fitting that the patron 'saint' of Consumerism's name is an anagram of Satan. The way in which this myth is perpetuated is also normally a venial sin. If folks genuinely want to honour St Nicholas they should do so on his Feast day, the 6th December and leave the Feast of the Nativity for the celebration of the Lord's birth. Or isn't this enough for Catholics any more?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 13, 2005 1:16 AM ET USA

    Contrary to what one might think from reading the papers across the pond, Britain in general (and Scotland in particular) was the home of some immensely logical, intellegent and well-read people. One can only surmise that these imminent personages have either died in the interim, or have emigrated and are now known as... Americans.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 12, 2005 6:26 PM ET USA

    Must be tough to be a Catholic in Britain. Must be tough to be a man in Britain with the femi-nannies controlling government. I believe there is a violent, seething underground reaction that is festering under the surface in the land of Shakespeare, Byron, Keats, Chesterton, Belloc, and Newman. A once great nation is now swept with foreign immigrants who are ransacking Britain's traditions. I'm saddened by this demise. Any Brits? What's your take?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 12, 2005 5:53 PM ET USA

    Watch out, Mr. Easter Bunny -- you're next on the Brit's list!

  • Posted by: - Dec. 12, 2005 5:08 PM ET USA

    Santa has 50 pounds of cemtex strapped to that thick belt around his waist? Is he yelling Jihad? Memo to Celts: Rome won. Get over it.