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