I will definitely try this out next chance I get, and let you know how it goes.
"I realise it is worthless because they have not grasped the meaning of it."
Exactly! I absolutely adore your idea, because it might give us a chance of actually reaching them. If there is one thing I have learned, it's that nothing I say will change their minds. They have to do it themselves.
That is, in fact, the only way I was able to deconvert. In retrospect, the few atheists I had ever met made some outstanding points, but because it was face to face, not a single word reached me. It was as if they were speaking another language.
Yes, it is proving to be a good system for me. A person can only de-convert themselves. I just want to create enough doubt to start the process - enough to get rid of the fear of having doubt. I will update once I have tangible evidence and fine tune it.
I never had that though, I had my belief that was backed up by a ton of good hard evidence truly shattered suddenly by my parents choosing to tell me Santa wasn't real the summer I was 8 years old. My mom did too good of a job of hiding the presents - and using different wrapping paper for Santa's presents, and different handwriting for the ones from Santa, and Santa gave special non-brandname candy and the charade was just SO well orchestrated. My parents told me while on the beach, and also told me I had to continue to pretend he was real for my little brother though, and that was sort of comforting, because I could sort of be in denial for 2 more Christmases if I felt like it, and pretend Santa still existed. But when they told me, I faked a smile and ran back to the ocean and started crying. I do think Santa can be fun... but I feel uncomfortable with the idea of lying to my kids, when they ask genuine questions and expect truthful answers and in any other context I'd tell the truth. I feel uncomfortable setting them up to be heartbroken later, even if only for a short amount of time and the happy memories would outweigh it.
The “heart break later on” won’t last too long and what they learn from it about the nature of belief will help them to think critically about other “beliefs”. It is strange how theists don’t believe in Santa but do in a god and have no comprehension of the paradox. Santa is a harmless belief. Let them enjoy it. Never met an Atheist who does not enjoy watching kids unwrapping presents on Christmas morning.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.