What should we do with Santa?

I have recently read a book to my kids called, ‘When Santa learned the gospel’. It’s brilliant. But it got me thinking again, what do we do with Santa and our kids? I know what I do. But I want to encourage you to be real and honest with your kids when it comes to Santa too. Here are some reasons why: Santa is a fairy-tale and while fairy tales are fun, they aren’t real. So, just like we don’t teach our kids that Jack and the Bean Stork, Goldie Locks and Cinderella are real, we shouldn’t be teaching them that Santa is real either. We should do this for at least two reasons. Firstly, we never want to confuse our kids about what is real (Jesus) and what isn’t (Santa). When we teach them that Jesus died, but then rose again for forgiveness of sins, we want them to believe that it is true. Secondly, we want our kids to trust us. We want them to trust us when we tell them about Jesus, a guy who walks on water, raises people from the dead, casts out demons and feeds 5000 people. I mean, let’s face it, these stories sound like make believe fairy tales too. But, what happens when they find out we lied to them about Santa, how does that damage their faith in Jesus? If we lied about Santa, did we lie about Jesus too? At the heart of the Santa issues though are again two things: Firstly, Santa is me focused not Christ focused. It is all about me getting presents and what I have to do to get them. Secondly, the Santa idea re-enforces a teaching that is counter to the gospel. The message of Santa is, if you are good or good enough he will give you a gift. So, you earn the gift, which is an oxymoron. But the message of the gospel is, God gives us a good gift even though we aren’t good enough. We don’t and can’t earn it, but God gives it anyway. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). And the best part is that God’s gift, Jesus, when we put our trust in him, makes us good (Colossians 1:22-23). So, while we tell our kids about Santa, that is, he is a character at Christmas, we also tell them that he isn’t real. Now, they know the story, have seen the movies and can sing the songs. But they know that Santa is make believe – fun at times but potentially dangerous if taken seriously. Telling them the truth is obeying God, and not telling lies or deceiving people for any reason. And it equips them in their understanding. Let’s be real and honest with our kids, and let’s do it for the glory of God and the good of our kids.

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