Santa Claus is dead.

I heard a Story on NPR this morning about a substitute teacher in New Jersey who told a first grade class that Santa isn’t real, which led the class to discussing how the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Elf on a Shelf ect also aren’t real. That teacher was fired.

I agree that it isn’t the place of a substitute teacher to break that kind of news to a group of 6-7 year old kids. But I kind of agree with the intentions. And I think the perpetuation of Santa is only going to contribute to mass consumer waste, and therefore more climate change issues and pollution.

Why as a culture do we lie about Santa? What is our responsibility to the planet, and what is the responsibility of today’s product designers plus some addtional thoughts on Episode 1 of whatever this webcast is called.

The Story about the substitute teacher