Kids’ be­lief in ‘made up’ Santa takes a ham­mer­ing

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

CHIL­DREN as young as four were left in tears af­ter be­ing told dur­ing a Chris­tian assem­bly that Santa was “made up”.

Pupils at a school in the UK were then asked to smash choco­late ver­sions of Santa and his rein­deer to ham­mer home the point.

Par­ents said their chil­dren had come home dev­as­tated af­ter the ser­mon by a worker from a Chris­tian char­ity.

The head teacher of Fleet Wood Lane School in Spald­ing, Lin­colnshire, in­sisted the chil­dren were not told “Santa does not ex­ist”, but apol­o­gised and said the school would no longer work with the group.

It was un­der­stood the woman de­liv­er­ing the assem­bly was try­ing to ex­plain that Je­sus was the rea­son be­hind Christ­mas, not Santa, who had been “made up”.

They were asked to demon­strate that they un­der­stood there was more to Christ­mas than sweets and presents by smash­ing up the choco­late. Par­ents said many took this to mean Santa did not ex­ist.

One mother, whose youngest child at the school is four, said the chil­dren were also told that if they didn’t be­lieve in God and Je­sus, they would go to hell.

“My chil­dren were quite up­set and we had to re­as­sure them that Santa was real and they would still be get­ting gifts.”

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