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.

Santa-Kneeling-before-Christ

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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