Well Friend, it is that time of year again. You know… when people stir-up the great debate about whether Santa should be apart of the Christian Christmas tradition. Well as you can imagine, with the past week of being snowed in I have spent a lot of time online, and I have seen quite a few blog posts about various stances on Santa. So it is my turn to interject my opinion.
Here is the deal…I don’t care if you celebrate Santa or not. I don’t care if you have a creepy little elf who lurks around at night while you are sleep creating mischief…I am not going to go any further with that one. What I do care about is senseless bickering and judging between the Santa Camp and the No Santa Camp. I mean for real?
The Santa Camp wants to have Santa…then have Santa.
The No Santa Camp wants to focus on Jesus…then focus on Jesus.
Bottom line…IT’S CHRISTMAS PEOPLE! BE HAPPY! Why judge a family for being different? It is not worth it!
One article I read said that Santa just reinforces the concept of a works-based-mentality meaning you only receive your gifts if you are good. But as my husband pointed out, what parent ever withholds Christmas gifts from a child because he was “bad” that year? Really Santa is more merciful than we give him credit for!
Anyway, I bet you are wondering what side of the camp we are on.
If you haven’t figured out already, I love the concept of Santa. I don’t think there is anything wrong with having a little magic during the Christmas holiday. As I mentioned before, Christmas is about celebrating the biggest birthday ever. At your kid’ parties don’t you go all out making it fun for them adding decorations and even having “celebrities” represented…Chuck E. Cheese, Mickey Mouse, Disney Princess? It was so fun when I was young to pretend that there was a Santa, and I eventually figured it out. (I don’t think that there is any correlation between how strongly I believe in Christ and the fact that my parents told me that there was a Santa…I turned out ok…I think.)
When my daughter was younger, she loved mascots. She even had a stuffed mascot collection. I asked her once what she thought mascots were. She said, “They are mascots. You know, there are people, animals, and mascots.” Telling her that Santa is like a mascot has worked beautifully. About a year ago she figured out that the mascots are just people in a costume. So when she asks me if Santa is real, I never give her a direct answer. I simply say, “What do you think?” It really has been neat to see her draw her own conclusions as she gets older. Kids are smarter than we give them credit.
My whole point is that I know someday she will understand the mascot is not the main attraction. Until then, I have purposed in my heart to teach her the truths that I want her to know about Christmas. I wrote a post called Operation Focus on Jesus in which I shared some ways I taught my daughter these truths in the past. Check it out!
Gasp…you can have Santa and focus on Jesus? Sorry that might have put me on the naughty list. 😉
But that is my approach. What about you? Are you in the Santa Camp or the No Santa Camp?