Let me explain why I feel this way. I’m always telling my son to tell me the truth, even if he thinks it’s bad. So, why should I as his parent harp on this unnecessary lie about Santa? When he was three, we were watching something that had a tooth fairy in it. He said to me, “So, why does a fairy need my teeth?” If he has enough sense to reason that at three, he can likely figure out that no one is going to come down our fireplace carrying a bag of toys!
When we annually cram the fable of Santa down our kids throats and refute any sensible rebuttal, we teach commercialism in our homes to our children. Yet we complain about how commercial the holiday is. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with Santa. I’m not a Santa hater. I’m just questioning, why is Santa necessary? Is he the wonder of Christmas?
I remember as a kid thinking that there was a lot wrong with this story. I also worried that our neighbor’s dog named, Foots was going to attack Santa Claus and mess Christmas up for everybody! I questioned the fact that we didn’t have a fireplace. I looked up at the sky for any signs of reindeer around 8:30, because Santa was suppose to come around 9 o’clock when my brothers and I went to bed.
I found out that there was no Santa when my parents left the presents in the back of the station wagon one year. Honestly, knowing that they bought the gifts made more sense to me than believing a portly old fellow, scales the sky, clad with toys, drawn by reindeer. He sees me when I’m sleeping. He knows when I’m awake. He knows when I’ve been bad or good so be good for goodness sake.
See how confusing that is… no one knows if I’m sleeping or awake, bad or good except for God. He’s the ONLY one who sees and knows ALL!
Why is Santa more palatable than saying that we celebrate Jesus’ birth on Christmas day? We give because God loves us and gave us Jesus as a gift to the world. We give gifts because we love you and because we follow God’s example of giving shown in John 3:16-17
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
This is the reason that we celebrate Christmas.
I’ve been telling my son since he’s was old enough to open presents that gifts come from mommy and daddy, not Santa. I was bothered on Wednesday when we went to Walmart, and he said, I hope I see Santa so that I can tell him what I want for Christmas. I said, “Son, mommy and daddy buy your gifts.” He looked at me confused. I didn’t teach him Santa, his school did. A school that’s in a church! Why can’t the church at least emphasize Christ over Santa Claus? There’s even a Santa coming to the school in the middle of the month. The Christmas play has a manger, but… Santa Claus is coming to town!
I remember when my son was 2. I told his daycare teacher that we don’t teach our son about Santa. She thought that I was saying that we didn’t celebrate Christmas. She said, “Why, are you Jehovah Witness or something?” I responded, No we aren’t, we just want the focus to be more on Jesus. She shrugged her shoulders as if I were saying something strange. Why should this be a strange thing?
Many of the traditions that we follow today have a Christian origin even Santa. Of course, most of us know that Santa, was a kind Bishop named St. Nicholas (to see who Saint Nicholas was, click on the link. Very interesting read, http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/ ) Though he was a good man, he still does not deserve the credit for the love and sacrifice that you make for your children.
Most of us work hard for the money why give the credit of your giving to someone else? Especially someone who doesn’t even exist! Why not express love on Christmas day? I love you… that’s why I’m sacrificing for you. Truth be told, a lot of us will be paying bills late because of Christmas. For some, there’s only one pay day between now and Christmas. If Santa were really coming… you wouldn’t have to worry about any bills!
I realize that not everyone who reads this blog is a Christian. Perhaps, the blog will just give you something to think about. Regardless of what you believe or how you celebrate this Christmas, I hope that your season is filled with love, peace, goodwill and honesty.
If you are a person of faith, please make sure you incorporate Jesus into your Christmas. Even if you are not a person of faith, please let your kids know that you bought those gifts, but they are the best gift of all to you.
Happy 24 days ’til Christmas!
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