Today’s Edition of Pot Stirring Tuesday is a little different from weeks past- It’s a pot stirring Tuesday- Christmas edition. The focus is simple- how do you handle the issue of Santa with your kids. If you’re a Christian does that affect your feelings on Santa, and what you teach your kids or not?
We had some friends over for dinner last night and this topic came up, which caused me to start thinking about using this issue as the post for Pot Stirring Tuesday. Brandi and I wrestled with the decision of what to tell our oldest about Santa two years ago. I posted the question on Facebook back then, asking people what they told their kids and it really turned into more of a contentious issue then I would have thought it would have been.
I read a blog post this morning that was pure genius describing their family and the reactions they received from making the decision NOT to tell their kids that the presents came from Santa. One of the main reasons some of my friends were giving to teach Santa is that it would ruin the “fun” of Christmas for our kids. Here is a little from that blog that I especially loved about that very point:
When I hear parents talk about other kids “ruining” Christmas for their kids, (and this is a weekly occurrence at this time of year!) by saying “Santa is not real” it makes the hair on my neck stand up, and my insides boil. How can we speak negatively about a child who is willing to speak the truth in the midst of those who don’t agree with them? What does that teach those children- who stand for the truth? I don’t think most of those children speak the truth, intending to “ruin Christmas” for someone else. They just think the truth is important.
It almost seems silly to use the argument that it ruins the fun of Christmas to not tell your kids about Santa when you think about it from a theological standpoint…it really makes no sense!
Probably one of, if not the greatest reason we decided to not tell our kids about Santa was summed up in the post:
Because if it is all about a regular man, there are no repercussions, nothing that has to change about the way we live our lives. If we were to focus on Jesus, we’d have to remember who He is, what He did, and what that means for OUR lives. You can’t focus on Jesus, and not live a changed life. Not with any comfort.
I would encourage you to go and read the remainder of the blog post here.
From a practical point of view, I don’t want to teach my kids about Santa because I want Brandi and I to get the appreciation for the gifts given to the kids. I don’t want to bust my tail to provide gifts for the kids and then have some random fat dude in a red suit get the credit for it! On a more serious note, one issue that I have with promoting Santa is that it does indeed remove emphasis from the real focus which is to be on Christ. “Christians” in recent years have been raising a huge stink about companies saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” for this seasons greetings. And then there is the stink that has been raised over businesses using Xmas instead of Christmas…and yet, in my opinion many are no less guilty of removing the focus from Christ by pushing Santa. Christians have done their own fair share of removing the “reason for the season” by their consumerist attitude (don’t believe me- look at some of the Black Friday statistics for money spent, and other statistics on the amount spent per person on Christmas gifts).
At the end of the day, whether you tell your kids about Santa or not is a personal decision. Don’t misunderstand my strong feelings against Santa as saying that it’s sinful, or ungodly even to raise up your kids to believe in Santa. Whatever you teach them, may the focus be on Christ this holiday season.
How do you handle Santa?
Do you have any regrets about how you handled it (for those with older kids)?
Living for His Glory,