Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Thinking about Santa

Advent: Waiting for Jesus #6

We have always tried to help our children understand as much about God as they are able at whatever age they are.

So what about Santa? How does he affect the way children understand Christmas? At the Desiring God blog, you can read some of my thoughts.

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3 Responses to “Thinking about Santa”

  1. Love it! Our family does do stockings, but we share with the kids that this is a party game for Jesus' birthday celebration and don't share all the naughty and nice stuff (and such). It's a couple very small things in the stockings, but we explain that he is pretend and just a game. I LOVED that a few weeks back, someone asked our three year old what Santa was going to bring her. She looked at me and leaned over and whispered in my ear, "Who's Santa?". Now the trick is keeping my three year old from announcing it to the world :).

  2. My husband and I decided long before we had children that we would not be doing Santa at Christmas. As a child I was told that Santa lives in your heart, but when I became a Christian that just didn’t go with what I believed. So we’ve taught our son and little girl that Santa is not real and that he’s just a game. That way we play Santa and our children still enjoy waking up Christmas morning to see what’s in their stocking.

  3. I was raised in a Jewish home and when I came to meet Christ at 17, I never thought of doing Santa when I had kids…so when they were little we never did do the Santa thing. When the kids would see him in pictures or at the mall, I explained that he was Santa Claus, a Christmas clown. That worked really well. We did stockings too. I don’t think they ever missed not having Santa and I didn’t have to go through the tension of explaining he wasn’t real nor of keeping a secret that wasn’t really truthful.

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