Gen Z parents say they don’t want to ‘lie’ to their kids about Santa as horrible hashtag trends

In yet another example of the war on traditional western values, the hashtag #santaisntreal is trending on TikTok where it has racked up over 14 million views as some Generation Z parents are refusing to permit their kids to believe in Santa Claus.

On any given year in these troubled times, the killjoys are always out in force for Christmas, looking to force their own misery on others who just want to enjoy the holiday season and that includes depriving children of one of their greatest joys, with some saying that the very idea of Old Saint Nick is traumatizing to young ones and others simply calling Santa a lie.

“Telling kids that Santa is real is a lie, and I don’t believe in building my kids up on a lie,” North Dakota stay-at-home mom Sierra McKenzie told the New York Post, she has also posted a viral video of herself to TikTok.

@the.sierramckenzieAre you doing Santa in your house?? You can still enjoy Christmas without santa #christmas #momtok #momsoftiktok♬ original sound – Alien

“The magic of Christmas shouldn’t be built up on Santa,” she added.

“It’s about the gift of giving to one another,” she said, noting that the presents under the family Christmas tree will be tagged “From: Mom and Dad.”

“I don’t want to scare my children into thinking that they have to behave a certain way or that they were more ‘naughty or nice,’ than another child based on Christmas gifts,” 24-year-old mother of two Chloe Amelle, a “parenting influencer from southern Utah” told the Post.

@chloe_amelleReply to @raisaaa_6 yeah I’m the grinch I guess‍♀️‍♀️ #grinch #foryou #fy #santa #momsoftiktok♬ You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Tyler, The Creator

Childcare expert and author Sarah Ockwell-Smith told the outlet that parents need to be careful about the trauma induced over Santa Claus and gift-giving.

“Threatening kids with ‘I’ll tell Santa on you!’ is just going to kill festive joy and make both parents and children stressed,” she said. “The threats keep escalating until parents are left with the decision of whether to ruin Christmas and follow through on them or to go back on what they’ve said and seem like an inconsistent pushover.”

The opposite viewpoint was expressed by Ollie Rose, a millennial mother who refrains from telling her sons that Santa is a myth because she wants them to experience the magic of Christmas.

“I just don’t have the heart to tell them he’s not real,” said the 29-year-old from Tucson.

“The world f- -king sucks, everything sucks right now,” she added. “I want my kids to hold on to the magic of Christmas and Santa for as long as possible.“

“Is it wrong to use a mythical person as a punishment? What about parents that buy their children everything and refuse to tell them ‘No.’ I find that much more troubling than believing in Santa for a couple years,” writes Mike Gunzelman of “The bottom line is this participation-trophy, everybody gets a ‘congratulations!’ mindset is doing irreparable harm to our future generations.”

“Parents aren’t doing any favors by trying to shield their children and paint the world as some sort of utopian ‘everything is fine!’ place,” he added. “If you don’t stand for anything, then you stand for nothing and that only allows chaos. We are seeing it in the breakdown of law and order in many cities across America. Criminals – especially younger ones – are seeing that their actions have no consequences. It starts with robbing a CVS or an Apple store and only escalates until they commit something much worse.”

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