Benjamin Siu St Joseph's College Yes. Santa Claus, as almost every child knows, lives in the North Pole. He is friendly, jolly, and gives Christmas presents to children. And he employs a workforce of elves. Almost every person has heard the phrase 'Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas' as a child. We all have been to a mall and seen a fat man dressed as Santa Claus in a red suit. Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, brings joy to children during the festive season. Have you ever heard of the Christmas carol Santa Claus is Coming to Town? It goes like this: 'You'd better not pout, you'd better not cry ... Santa Claus is coming to town ...' Santa Claus rewards children who have behaved well throughout the year. Children try to be good to get the biggest present in Santa's sack. They even write letters to tell Santa that they have been good. Santa Claus plays a very important role during Christmas all over the world. He has become a part of the festivities. He brings happiness to children as well as grown-ups who like the familiar presence of a person who is always smiling beneath his beard. Just like the Easter Bunny and other childhood fantasies, he is a symbol of a special festival, a time to celebrate with family and friends. Santa Claus is almost as important as Christmas itself. Jocelyn Heng Maryknoll Convent School No, parents shouldn't spend their Christmas impersonating a jolly figure sitting in a reindeer-drawn sleigh. Santa Claus may seem like an innocent way to brighten up a child's Christmas, but there are various implications to their personal development we must consider as well. Children are innocent and would believe their parents if they said the moon was a giant cookie. What would they think if their parents betrayed that trust? It would inevitably damage the parent-child relationship. Since childhood experiences usually influence adult beliefs, this might even make children cynical. Parents should act as role models for their children. The story of Santa Claus may seem like a harmless white lie to parents, yet it sends children the message that deception is acceptable. Besides, Santa Claus actively promotes materialism. Every Christmas Eve, children hang up their stockings with wish lists addressed to Saint Nicholas, asking for items ranging from the newest PlayStation3 to hi-tech mobile phones. And parents usually spoil their children by giving them expensive presents. To make matters worse, some children may throw a tantrum if they don't get what they asked for. Unless Santa is used for commercial purposes, such as a merchandise icon, he should definitely stay in the North Pole, where he belongs.