I’ve recently discovered Matt Walsh via some Facebook shares and have really enjoyed his tongue in cheek, relatively conservative and traditional view of the world and various issues. While I tend to steer far away from political type topics focussing more on kids, single mom-hood, etc. sometimes our interests overlap. Today on FB he asked:
So here’s a question for you Christian parents. A lot of people have recently asked me where I stand in the Great Santa Debate. I’ve got my opinion, and I’ll probably share it soon, but what’s your take? Do you tell your kids about this mythical creature, only to crush their dreams later on, or do you make Jesus the star of his own birthday party?
I couldn’t help but post my response. I tried for YEARS to convince my little ones that Santa was make-believe, and that was going great til they saw that movie The Santa Claus with Tim Allen which to their minds explained everything away. So here I was with the dilemma as a Christian mom who was not raised with any “Santa traditions” with two kids who were adamant that Santa was real.
I continue to tell them that Santa is make believe and I think that now at 8 and 9 years old, they kind of believe me, but they are definitely not ready to give up the “Santa presents” that magically appear unwrapped in the middle of the living room floor with big obnoxious tags on them. We are definitely a family that goes overboard at Chrstmas, making presents for months in advance and giggling and teasing as we wrap and place them under the tree starting right after Thanksgiving. Homemade pillow cases pajama pants and duct tape projects are already high on the list to be finished now.
So for now, I will continue to find that “magical” gift that we say is from Santa…they will oooh and ahhh over it, and then later in the day, they will thank their dad and I for it. They know, we know, but I have no problem continuing the “magic” because really, the gift of Christ is a true form of magic. An unexpected, undeserved gift from a God that we must have true faith to follow and believe in. Jesus is the reason for the season and Santa just is an added piece of that magic, kind of like those many parables Jesus used to demonstrated his truth.