With the holidays quickly approaching, parents, media figures and the entertainment industry are criticizing many of the traditions behind Christmas.
Even Santa himself has come under fire. Some Gen Z parents aren’t allowing their children to believe he is real, as evidenced by the hashtag #santaisntreal which has received nearly 19 million views on TikTok. Many parents cite concerns that once their children find out Santa’s magic is a myth, they’ll be “traumatized.”
Mother Sierra McKenzie went viral for a video she posted to TikTok stating that she wouldn’t be “lying to them [her kids] about Santa,” nor would she be taking them for pictures with Santa or including any presents under the tree from St. Nick.