The mother's intention was, of course, that the children might start to behave better in the remaining time until Christmas Day - but she didn't anticipate how seriously the children would take the initial message!
Needless to say, the reports instigated comments from the leftie-liberal-loons. One person stated, with reference to the mother: "What a nasty bit of goods. I wouldn't mind putting her on some sort of stop list, but it would harm her kids again (sic)".(emphasis added). Another wrote, again with reference to the mother: "Pure evil, no wonder kids are manic.(sic)". (emphases added).
Personally, I agreed more with the person who wrote "Absolutely brilliant. It might, to some of the PC brigade, be cruel but it did have the desired effect. Well done, Mum!"
However, what about some really radical thinking! What about thinking right outside the box! What about explaining to our children (as my wife and I did to ours - with no apparently bad effect) that this person "Santa" is nothing more than an advertising ploy? That while there was a man named St. Nicholas, who did help some poor people in the area in which he lived, there was no 'magic' sleigh, pulled through the air by 'flying' reindeer, and carrying all of the gifts for all of the children in the world (!) to be delivered in a 24-hour period! That the real reason why we give gifts to one another at this time of the year is because we are supposed to be celebrating the greatest Gift of all: "God loved the world so much that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever places their trust in Him should not perish but have, here and now, eternal life - that is, the very life of God Himself."
You see, I am convinced that, as children grow older, and discover that "Santa" isn't a real person, they decide that the Jesus bit of the celebration (if they hear about that at all, these days!) is probably no more real. That, I would contend, is doing our children a real dis-service.
Christmas without "Santa" is perfectly possible. Christmas without the Christ is totally meaningless!