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    No, I've not gone all puritan on you. It's not the celebration of Christmas itself but how many parents throughout the year, use the promise of gifts and threats of "Santa not coming" to alter their child's behaviour. Imagine you were among adults and you attempted to control them by making promises of something nice then constantly threatened to call it off if they didn't please you. Most people would regard that at manipulative and maybe evil, so why does society on the whole view that sort of treatment when it's directed towards children as acceptable when not only does it not teach right from wrong in a healthy way, it teaches people that manipulation is the right way to get what you want and that behaving badly has no negative consequences provided you don't get caught?
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    I wouldn't class rewarding children, and alternatively not rewarding them if they do badly, immoral. I think it's the basis by which we instil 'good' and 'bad' into children.

    This is a good article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21144827

    I do however think Christmas is corrupt in a financial sense.
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    (Original post by MattKneale)
    I wouldn't class rewarding children, and alternatively not rewarding them if they do badly, immoral. I think it's the basis by which we instil 'good' and 'bad' into children.

    This is a good article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21144827

    I do however think Christmas is corrupt in a financial sense.
    Rewarding them for good behaviour in terms of praise is obviously a good way to instill the right values, but a kind of promise of gifts which you can turn off at any point if they displease you is actually really messed up, it's almost insane. You should give gifts because you love that person, not as a bargaining tool.
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    I think the threat is mainly used by parents who have lost control of a situation and are trying to find a way to make their child(s) realise that they are in charge. Obviously the threat will get old after a few years and so it will then move on to things like 'I will take your phone away' or 'you will go to your room if you don't behave'


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    It's not because it's Christmas, it's because commercialism has swamped Christmas and is doing it to Easter as well. If it wasn't these two holidays then it would be another holiday. That is a fact of commercialism.
 
 
 
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