Santa Claus: Yay or Nay?

Before I became a parent I had no idea that this was even a question – I just assumed that everyone played Santa Claus for their children. I’m learning that’s not the case, though!

Before I share my thoughts on Santa, I want to say that my family recognizes the real reason we celebrate Christmas, and that is Jesus Christ. Kynlee and any children that we may be blessed with in the future will know that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

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With that said, we will be playing along with the idea of Santa Claus. Luke and I believed in Santa Claus growing up and it was just so much fun – magical, even. I never had hard feelings towards my parents when I found out that Santa Claus wasn’t real, or the Easter Bunny, for that matter. Want to know why? Because it doesn’t matter! Didn’t matter then and it doesn’t matter now. Those fictional characters are NOT the reason we celebrate. I do wish that they weren’t hyped up quite as much and that you’d hear more people talking about the birth of Jesus instead of visiting Santa at the mall! I guess what I’m trying to say is: Why can’t we do both? Let’s give Jesus the recognition He so deserves while also sharing a fun time with our children.

We won’t be able to this year, but I hope to “play Santa Claus” for a family in need next year. So many families go without at Christmas time – of things they need, much less things that they want. As Kynlee gets older I plan to include her in this each year so that she can learn to be grateful for what she has and will learn the importance of doing good unto others – just as Jesus does for us. I want her to realize how blessed she is and not take a single thing for granted!

So what do you say? Santa Claus: Yay or Nay?

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Comments

  1. I was raised in a Christian household. My father was a preacher for a time. My parents played into the ‘Santa’ thing until we were old enough to understand the difference. I never once felt I was ‘lied to’ because of it, and I think that is such a copout excuse. All my kids thought there was a Santa until they went to school. My 2 boys at home now still refer to Santa and write him a list – and they are 13 and 10! It’s probably because my husband told them, “Well if you don’t believe in Santa, you won’t get any more gifts. You know we can’t afford them this year!” LOL. He loves the innocence of it I think. He doesnt yet realize he can play the Santa card with my 11 grandkids even though our boys are too old for it.

    • “Well if you don’t believe in Santa, you won’t get any more gifts…”<-- LOL, I heard that a time or two growing up, as well! I love the innocence of it, too. Such a fun time!

  2. We are a church going family that reads the bible and prays every night. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. With that being said, we do the whole Santa Claus thing in our house and have even added the Elf on a shelf into the holiday traditions. I read on Pinterest the other day a wonderful explanation of Santa that a mother gave to her daughter when her daughter asked her if SHE was Santa. “Santa is love and magic and hope and happiness. There is no ONE Santa” With that being said, I love playing Santa.

  3. Yes! I grew up believing in Santa, my daughters did also, and now we’re teaching my two young grandsons about Santa. I think it just adds a magical element to Christmas that is so fun for young children.

  4. I have to agree earning to be grateful is so important. I still have plenty of work to do. I have begun letting them.

  5. My husband and I both grew up believing in Santa. We both also knew the real reason we celebrate Christmas. Jesus never took a backseat. Santa just added to the fun, magic and giving spirit of the season. I admit, I was a little sad when I found out the truth but I was never upset at my parents. Santa was just a fun, innocent part of my childhood. We do Santa with our 6 kids now. Our oldest knows the truth and now helps us with Christmas surprises for his brothers and sister. All of our kids know why we celebrate and can tell you the story of our Savior’s birth. We tell the kids that Santa loves Jesus too and gives to children on Christmas as a way to honor Him and spread His message of love. I feel like kids grow up way too fast nowadays and Santa is just a way to let them experience the fun, magic and innocence of childhood for as long as possible!

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