Please Don’t Teach Your Kids About Santa
Posted by Ted Torreson
With Thanksgiving out of the way we threw out the goards and pumpkins, packed up the fall decorations, cut down a tree, and started decorating the house in green, red, and gold. The reason is obvious, Christmas is coming. I was at walmart the other day and saw an 8-10 foot blow up raindeer, which I actually kinda like. Yet most of what I saw was Santa Claus themed. More and more we see an addition to the Santa Myth with the Elf on the Shelf stuff as well.
Last year I shared, Why I Won’t Be Teaching My Children About Santa Claus. I see way to many Christian kids more focused on Santa and “his” gifts than on Jesus and His Gift. I’ve got nothing against watching Christmas movies that involve Santa. I liked, Tim Allen’s, The Santa Clause movies. I loved, Will Ferrell’s Elf. I enjoy the Grinch and Frosty Movies. Yet as I watch some of these with my Daughter, Areli, I’ll let her know that they’re pretend. Even now, at a year and a half, I’m teaching her that we’re decorating everything because we’re celebrating Jesus’ Birthday. You won’t find a Santa in our house, because we’re celebrating Jesus and no other.
I will be teaching my daughter, however, about the real St. Nicholas. We’ll be reading to her, Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend, and as she get’s older we’ll watch St. Nichola of Myra as well, so my daughter will know who the real Santa Claus really is. I want her to know that St. Nick was really a great defender of the Christian Faith and showed love to children because of the love he had seen in Jesus.
Parent’s if you share Santa with you kids, which is hard to avoid, make sure you don’t describe him as a God like person who is all-powerful and all-knowing. Don’t credit him with the gifts you worked hard to provide. Don’t decorate you houses in Santa’s image. Rather, share with you children how Christmas is all about Jesus. Put a nativity as the focal point to your Christmas decoration. Teach your children who St. Nicholas really was, so that there is no confusion. And then enjoy all the fun holiday stuff with you kids knowing what is true and what is make-beleive.
Information on the real Saint Nicholas.
Video The Real St. Nick from Lutheran Hour Ministries
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Posted on November 26, 2012, in Christian Living and tagged celebrating jesus, Children, Christmas, christmas movies, holidays, Parenting, Raising Christian children, Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, The Real Santa Claus. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.