Episode 54

54. Should I Tell My Children About Santa Claus?

Christmas History, Saint Nicholas, and Putting Santa in His Proper Place

What is the Santa Claus thing? How did it come about? How has it changed? And, of course, should we tell our children about this?

This episode explores the progression that led to the cultural phenomenon of Santa Claus and asks how we should handle this season with our children based on its history. It's not what you think. This is a deep dive.

Ultimately, we see that the Santa Claus concept is quite new within the history of winter festivals and has a lot more depth than we usually discuss.

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Meaningful content to craft how you live. Becoming Human is about education and lifestyle; exploring the world — whether philosophy, psychology, sociology, or any field available — to better live in it. The goal is ethics through learning.

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Tyler Kleeberger

Becoming Human

It’s an infinite conversation, really. What does it mean to be alive? How should we live? What is the best, healthiest way to exist and do all of the things that make up life?

There’s a lot to explore.

And even more questions to ask.

But that’s what we are here to do.

I’m Tyler Kleeberger and consider me a curator of these conversations. I am, conveniently, a nerd so I see it as my job to go and discover everything I can about a topic or idea and use any field imaginable — from philosophy to psychology, economics to history, and everything in between — and then share it with you.

I hope you’ll consider going on this journey with me. We’re trying to get smarter and live better. You can find more information at tylerkleeberger.com.

Let’s learn, let’s grow, and let’s become more human.