Addressing Mental Health, Santa Questions the Outdated Choices of ‘Naughty or Nice’ for Kids

St. Nick seeks to build more empathy and understanding

For as long as we can remember, conceptualizing holiday giving for children has rested mainly on the binary ideas of naughty vs. nice. At a cursory glance, it’s a winning model: a child wants a new bike, said child refrains from fighting with their siblings or flaking on their homework and, voila, the child gets a bike and forever aims for relative decency. For many households, it’s a system that works.