Why Santa isn’t a good role model for children


Thomas Nast

Santa Claus’ love for sweets and entering people’s homes is reason for concern, according to Francesco Zeppieri.

Francesco Zeppieri, The Delphi Staff

Despite popular beliefs, Santa is not the innocent St. Nick everyone believes him to be.

Santa has been a part of Christmas tradition for hundreds of years. Santa practices bad habits like his junk food consumption and not getting any exercise.

According to Santa.Fandom, Santa is 5’7” and 260 pounds. According to a body mass index chart, Santa’s body mass index is 41, ranking him in the most severe level of obesity.

His obesity and health is promoting children to eat just as bad. With a diet consisting of milk and cookies, children will see these tasty treats and eat them consistently. Santa is accepted by the world to be a jolly fat man, when in reality he needs to cut down on his 150 billion calories of all cookies and milk. 

Santa also travels at 0.5% of the speed of light, according to the University of Leicester. These speeds Santa is clocking in at are dangerous, flying in the sky or not. One of his reindeer could get tired or have something happen, and Santa would hit a house, car, or person, going at these insane speeds.

Santa is also considered a criminal. Every year, he breaks into people’s houses to deliver presents. On top of his breaking and entering charges, Santa also watches over everyone for everything they’re doing, invading people’s privacy.

When Santa isn’t breaking into people’s houses and delivering presents, he spends his time isolated by himself, monitoring the kids all around the world. All he does is sit down and make lists, while his elves are hard at work preparing for the next year.

Mr. Claus sends presents to only good kids, rewarding them for behaving and doing what they’re supposed to. What happens to the bad kids? Just because they didn’t do their homework or refuse to clean their rooms doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get any presents?

Christmas is a time of giving and joy. Bad kids should get a warning at least because they shouldn’t need to be sidelined while everyone is having holiday joy. Everyone bad and good should be included and be able to have the opportunity to experience fun times and receive gifts from Santa himself.

Santa delivers presents to people when they’re good, but should he really have to? Rewarding kids with presents for doing simple tasks that they should already be doing is unnecessary. He’s showing kids that they should only do what is required and right if they’re getting something in return.

Santa might be the face of Christmas, but in the end, he is a bad influence on kids around the world.