What to do with Santa…
The discussion of Santa will stir up different emotions in Christian circles. For some, Santa totally distracts from the message of Christmas and so there are very strong feelings against Santa. Others feel strongly that there is no harm in the fun of Santa.
We would like to say that this must be a personal family decision but there are some things to consider. First is if we are teaching gratitude and teaching our children how to give to others then obviously Santa cannot be the one bringing all the gifts. If you do decide to do Santa in your house maybe Santa could bring one gift or be the one who fills the stockings. Secondly the attempt is to make the center of the Christmas season Jesus and not Santa. Which is another reason why it is a good idea for a gift, not all, to be from Santa. Finally, we need to remember that childhood should be about imagination and fantasy. The harsh adult world is imposing itself far to early on our children. It is our job as parents to fight for their childhood. The fun of Christmas may be a perfect time. Whichever you decide to do take full advantage of this Christmas season to begin or enjoy family traditions.
Listen to today’s podcast for what we did with Santa growing up in the Barnes’ house.