The Truth About Santa

We may be followers of Jesus, but we are in the world and we need balance. We also want our children to be well-rounded.

People of faith often wonder what to do about Santa Claus.  Some parents believe Santa is a necessary white lie if we want our children to enjoy Christmas.  Others disagree.

When our own children were small we did not talk much about Santa in the home.  When they’d ask we’d say,  “Santa is for fun and for pretend.”  This was repeated often and as they grew it was easy for them to accept.

The children still experienced the fun of Santa, even though “Santa was for fun and for pretend.”  I think children WANT to believe in Santa because Santa is part of their exciting make-believe world.

Even though we emphasize certain truths to our kids, sometimes they still don’t get it.  For example, when our daughter was 6-years-old she surprised me with a question. “I know Santa is for fun and for pretend, but the Easter Bunny IS real, isn’t he?”

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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4 Responses to The Truth About Santa

  1. Liz says:

    I like your Santa blog from today. We’ve always done the same thing too. The kids know Santa is for fun/pretend. We also joke that Santa is Daddy and Santa is married to the tooth fairy (me). Our daughter gets a real kick out of that!

  2. Kathleen says:

    I think you’re doing the right thing, Liz! It’s the time to lift up Jesus, not Santa! God bless you!

  3. Frank King says:

    Kathleen, I agree we need to help our children arrive at a balance so they are well-rounded. One thing we were emphatic about to our children when they were young was that everything they got for Christmas came from the Lord and not from Santa.

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