Do you believe in Santa Claus?

Posted by  | Monday, December 20, 2010  at 12:00 PM  
Oh, that pesky fat man in his red suit, giving all of us Christian moms a moral dilemna - to Santa or not to Santa? That is the question. Isn't it? :)

I'm being tongue-in-cheek here to pose the question to all of you readers. Do you believe in Santa Claus? Please comment here or e-mail us with your Pro-Santa, Anti-Santa or a-Santa thoughts. Once we get a good amount of responses I'll compile them all and post them on the blog.

9 comments:

The Roberts Five said...

no, we don't believe in santa. our children are ages 2, 3, and 4, and they all know that santa is like a character in a fairy tale. they know mommy and daddy give them their gifts on christmas morning and that christmas is all about jesus' birthday.

Lori said...

As my daughter is only 7 months old, I haven't had to face this dilemma yet, but I already know how I am going to handle it. We will not be encouraging her to believe in Santa Claus, and these are the reasons why:

1.) I agree with my parents, who chose not to raise us to believe in Santa Claus because they didn't want us to feel betrayed and like they'd lied to us all those years when we got older and realized he's just a mythical figure. They didn't say, "don't believe in Santa Claus", they just didn't emphasize him, so to us he was no different than Superman or the Smurfs.

2.)To me, one of the ways we as believers can be a light during Christmas is to emphasize Jesus instead of Santa. I have no problem with Christmas traditions such as a tree, presents, and stockings, but I avoid Santa in my decorating and give the Nativity a prominent place because I want it to be clear Who we believe in.Perhaps I feel so strongly about this because I lived in the Czech Republic for 5 years, and there, children are raised to believe in Jesus as nothing more than a fictitious Santa-like figure. I certainly want my children to be able to distinguish the two!

3.) I WILL be teaching my children that for many Americans, Santa Claus is a part of Christmas and will teach them the history behind it.

Hope this makes sense!

Rachael Davis said...

http://danandrachaeldavis.blogspot.com/2007/12/what-to-do-with-santa.html

Mollie said...

This seems to be the blog topic of choice today in a lot of places!!

http://jonandmollie.blogspot.com/2010/12/great-santa-debate.html

MMS said...

We wrestled with the Santa issue. We both grew up believing in Santa, but we didn't feel good about it for our family. Santa is portrayed as God-like: he sees you when you're sleeping, knows when you're awake, etc. We also don't like that the stories say you better behave or Santa won't give you gifts--that's the antithesis of the gospel of grace.

Anyway, we visit Santa and take pictures and all, but the stories we read, the songs we sing, etc. are all about Jesus. The presents don't come from Santa either. And we definitely don't use Santa as a "threat" to encourage good behavior. We emphasize every day that we are celebrating Jesus' birthday at Christmas.

In short, I guess we treat Santa like a character the kids would see at Disney World. He's not watching us or coming down our chimney; he's just a character in stories. Hope that makes some sense!

Krista said...

There is a great Veggie Tales Video -Saint Nicholas - that tells the story of St. Nick. The music is also wonderful and one of the songs we have added to our family's Christmas carols.

We also do not emphasize Santa. Christmas is Jesus' birthday and my hope is that everything we do will point my children to the Savior.

The Watczaks said...

Santa is as welcome in our house as Buzz Lightyear and Thomas the Train, which is to say that he's just another fun character. I agree that I don't like the "sees you when you're sleeping and knows when you're awake" part and he doesn't come down our chimney, but I DO like what Veggie Tales has to say about St Nick and Loving because God loves us and Giving because God gave. They are going to see the red hats around town this time of year and I feel strongly that I'm not raising the kids who are going to ruin the fun for another family, so we say that it's someone dressed as St Nick and talking about giving gifts the same way we do because we're showing people God's love.

But really, I have NO problem with families that DO Santa because I've always thought that if your Jesus story is threatened by a man in a big red coat, your Jesus story is too small.

Leah F said...

This is a good article as well: http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/mark_driscoll/2010/12/what_we_tell_our_kids_about_santa.html

KC said...

All you need to do is look at other countries who are not as heavily churched as the USA to see how confused they are about Christmas. Many people living overseas have NO IDEA that Christmas is about Christ. They only see Santa and reindeer and think that Christmas is all about getting presents. This says, at least to me, that as Christians, we need to be going above and beyond to show the world the true meaning of Christmas. We cannot afford to have the world miss the real meaning of Christmas.

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