12/02/2016 02:37 EST

Santa Claus Myth: Lying About This To Kids Has A Surprising Benefit

Psychiatrists often argue that lying to your kids about Santa Claus can cause more harm than good. In fact, a new essay published in the Lancet Psychiatry suggests that doing so can “undermine the trust in the parent-child relationship.”

But this isn’t always the case. Research shows that the Santa Claus myth is mostly harmless, and can actually help kids develop critical thinking skills.

Watch the video above to hear more, but just make sure your little kids can't hear!

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