Derick Dillard's Tweet About Santa Claus Angers Fans


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Ruining Christmas for the kids? Derick Dillard recently tweeted about Santa Claus, sharing a very Grinchy view that landed him in hot water with his followers.

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The Counting On star obviously isn't content to just raise his son without the magic of Santa Claus at Christmas -- he feels the need to ruin it for other children too.

We're not surprised that Jill Duggar and her family don't let their children believe in jolly ol' Saint Nick, but dang, couldn't they at least respect the views of other parents?

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According to the Facebook page Duggar Family News: Life Is Not All Pickles and Hairspray, Derick tweeted, "Hey kids, Santa isn't real!" He reportedly deleted the tweet soon after it posted, but the damage was done, and fans were not happy about it.

One person wrote, "What a big man to make children cry. Don't use your god to be so hateful. Kids can believe in Santa. Not your place. Grow up." Another poignantly added, "I respect your right to your beliefs please respect ours would you like me to tell your child that Christ isn't real?"

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The Duggars famously don't allow their children to believe in Santa magic. Michelle Duggar wrote in a TLC blog post that they "focus on the real meaning of Christmas," and added, "We explained to the children who Santa Claus was historically, but focused on his good deeds and his ministering to children. We tell them about the true person of Saint Nicholas, but we don't sensationalize him."

Which is absolutely their right to do. Thankfully not a lot of Santa believers are following Derick Dillard on Twitter, but doesn't that make the tweet seem even more petty? Despite what he may think, not letting his kid believe in Santa doesn't make him a better Christian than anyone else. And trying to ruin someone else's belief in magic is just a jerk thing to do -- Christian or not.

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