Every year since I was pregnant with Caden (so 3 years now) Geric and I get into a “discussion” about whether or not we are going to tell our kids about Santa and all the magical things that go along with him. We are on completely opposite sides of the fence on this one.
Geric thinks that since Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus, that that is what the focus of the holiday should be. He would go so far as to say that giving each other presents on Christmas seems silly since it isn’t our birthday, but Jesus’ birthday. We would be offended if someone else was receiving all the gifts on our own birthday, right? He tells me that everything comes from some sort of idol worshipping and hethen rituals. (You know, things like the Christmas tree and maybe even Christmas lights.) He also sees it as “lying” to our children by telling them that Santa really does exist and comes to our house in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer.
Well, I think that Santa is completely harmless fun. I think we live in a world today that is completely different from the world I lived in as a child and a lot of the fun I experienced in my childhood won’t be available to my kids. Things like being creative in school with different projects instead of just working out of a workbook, or riding your bike around town without worrying about child predators, or even watching certain TV channels after 7pm! I think Santa is something fun that we can still give our kids. It’s part of our culture as Americans! I do believe that the focus of Christmas should be on the birth of Jesus and you bet that we’re going to talk about that WAY more than Santa, but I think it’s okay for us to still tell our kids about him and leave him milk and cookies and he can bring them a gift.
We actually came to a compromise the other day. I told Geric that even C.S. Lewis talked about Santa in “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” And Geric argued back saying that “Father Christmas” brought the kids one gift each that were “spiritual tools,” not toys: a sword, a bow and arrow, a dagger, and a magical potion that will heal any injury. So, we decided that our Santa will do the same thing. He will bring one gift for each of the boys that is more of a spiritual tool instead of a toy. I’m not sure yet what those things are going to be… Geric is charge of that!
Anyway, just wanted to get some other opinions. What do you guys think? What do you do, or what do you think you will do? To Santa, or not to Santa?