Oh, boy! It’s the post that I’ve been nervous about writing since we found out we were pregnant with our first little boy. I knew this day would come, and alas it is here.
So what is this post? It’s the post in which I tell you Santa doesn’t bring our little boy gifts.
Now, before you ex-communicate me, or unsubscribe, or send me emails, text messages, or phone calls, will you allow me to explain? Okay, thanks!
We don’t do Santa Claus because…
We have talked and prayed and talked and prayed for over two years now about whether or not we will do Santa Claus.
What does it mean to not do the Santa thing? I think it means different things for different people.
For some, it means you don’t talk about Santa, you don’t look at Santa, you don’t grace your home with Santa, and you most certainly don’t allow others around you to believe in Santa. Or worse make those who “believe in Santa” worse than an unbeliever (in Jesus). This isn’t our approach.
For us, the question was whether or not we were going to tell our son a jolly, good man decided to scoot down the chimney (we don’t have) and magically put toys under our Christmas tree. Were we going to pretend he was real? That he existed still? Were we going to tell him he needed to be good so Santa brought him toys? Were we going to convince him that reindeer fly and that The North Pole exists?
Our answer continued to be no, as hard as we tried to fight it. Why? Well, because Santa Claus doesn’t exist, he doesn’t bring my son presents, and reindeer most certainly do not fly. In our hearts, we couldn’t in good faith lie to our son, and make something pretend be something real. We have our hands full enough trying to convince him that Jesus is real!
What we will do is teach our son who Santa Claus really is!
Santa Claus was a man who existed once, but has passed on to live in Heaven with Jesus. We’ll tell him about all the amazing things St. Nicholas did, and how he gave out of his abundant love for his Savior.
We’ll tell our little boy about the modern day Santa Claus, as well. We’ll sing songs about him for fun. We’ll pretend we’re reindeer flying through the air much like we pretend we’re rock stars with our air guitars. Or in our case now, super heroes who rescue the world from bad guys. If our children want to take their picture with Santa, they can. After all, they might want to take a picture with Pluto when we take him to Disney World, right?
We’re not anti-Santa Claus people.
We just don’t convince our son he is real. And really? I don’t think Samuel (or now Timothy) is missing a thing. We’ve had so much fun already this season walking through Truth in the Tinsel, as well as doing our Advent Activities together as a family. We’re so busy, I’m not sure where Santa Claus would fit in.
So what about you? Do you do Santa Claus? Why or why not?
Public service announcement: Please remember to be kind in your comments. I know this is a hot topic for many, and this is not meant to be a Santa Claus bashing post. I expect the same level of respect in the comments. I reserve the right to delete anything rude or inappropriate. Now, back to your regularly scheduled program. Thank you!
Other posts you might find interesting from our friends:
- Thoughts on Santa – A very balanced approach from Day 2 Day Joys on doing Santa Claus.
- ‘Tis the Season to Serve Like Saint Nick – The history of Saint Nick and 5 ways we can serve this holiday season.
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