SANTA OR NO SANTA

Julie - posted on 12/22/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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AS CHRISTIANS.I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE OPINION OF:DO YOU LET YOUR CHILDREN "BELIEVE" IN SANTA.EVEN IF YOU TEACH THEM THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS?

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Connie - posted on 01/22/2011

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I have to say I'm with Cyndel on this one. No I did not lie to my children about Santa. When they were younger I was not a believer at the time. So yes I played the game with them. But with in that time as they were still young I was born again and seen the Truth. So when they asked I told the truth to them. I would do it all over again, even with my grand son that I have now. I must total agree with Cyndel, "Jesus should be the center of Christmas, and his complete unselfish generosity of giving up heaven and the glory he deserves to come to earth to live as a dirt poor Jew under the Roman rule, so that the Father can have a relationship with us." Santa or Satan should have no part in this. Stop and think what Jesus represents to Christmas. Unconditional giving, He gave himself. He is the Truth & the Light. Santa/Satan comes as a lie & false light (trying to steal that Light), & teaches our children to "get" instead of "give". Don't let his lie sneak in to our homes.
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Tracy - posted on 02/24/2011

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When our girls were young and wanted to know how Santa knew everything, we admitted that he didn't. God knows everything, Santa gets reports from Mom, Dad, teachers, etc. Our girls (ages almost 18 & 17, and our youngest 9)obviously know the truth about him, but still enjoy opening the traditional gifts from Santa....... an ornament to represent the year and a small nativity.

Wendy - posted on 02/24/2011

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I have been convicted of this for a few yrs. We decided to tell our kids 9 (already knew) and twins 6 this yr. They already know that magic is not real, so they kinda figured he wasn't either. When they asked "How can Santa know everything" that did it for me. Jesus Christ and God the Father are the only all-knowing beings. We have tried to teach this to our children and saying that Santa does too just didn't sit with me. They completely agreed and when I told them about what we go through as parents finding that perfect gift for them because we love them they were "cool" with it as one of my boys put it. We just told them not to tell other kids.

Tracy - posted on 01/24/2011

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I have girls 17, 16, and 9. They have grown up in the church since well....the belly. They know the true meaning, we keep our nativity up year round above our TV to remind us each day. Santa does visit our house and each year he gives the girls a small nativity (usually less than $10 and an ornament). The year that my daughter Tara led a friend to Christ, she got a beautiful cross. Other years were character or whatever summed up the year. Honestly, I know they don't believe in Santa anymore, but they love seeing what ornament and nativity they get from him. When my husband was in Iraq last, Santa gave the 3 girls and him matching ornaments in reference of one of his favorite books. It was Santa kneeling next to Baby Jesus. Some people won't agree with it, but that's our family tradition.

Phaye - posted on 01/21/2011

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I have no problem with Santa because he is a loveable character but, it is a lie isn’t it? It was the choice of my husband and I to not introduce “Santa” to our children.
We have a blast during our Christmases filled with Christ and family. I honestly feel like my husband and I could never live up to the expectations that come along with believing in such a larger than life character. Our children have a greater appreciation for the gifts they receive from the hard work of Mom, Dad and family rather than toys that are made by elves in a workshop. We encourage them to use and exercise their imaginations. We’ve just omitted the day that we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior for them to do so. They are humbled and focus more on giving rather than receiving and we don’t regret the decision.

Joy - posted on 01/21/2011

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we tell our son about santa and the reindeer, but I also teach him that the true meaning of christmas is the birth of Jesus,the star, manger,etc.. On christmas eve we read Twas the night before christmas, but at midnight we light a candle for Jesus and actually this last year my son sang happy birthday to jesus without me saying anything, so he knows, and they will know too, I just think that they need some imagination to and excitement while they are young because as we know when we get older, life isn't as much fun. God Bless.

Iysha - posted on 01/20/2011

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My daughter is 18 months...all she knows is that there was a tree in our house and toys on it! Oh, and that she got presents and boxes to play with =] We will be doing the Santa thing...I think it makes it fun. I grew up going to church and Christmas was more about bringing the family together (family lives all over the place) and having a good time together, enjoying eachother's company. Christmas for us wasn't only about Santa, or Jesus, it was about Family. I like that way of celebrating....getting to hang out with my cousins was the highlight of Christmas eve and my Aunt's great meals and being with my dad's side of the family were the highlight of Christmas day along with looking for lizzards with my little cousin and going for the long walk on the levy after Christmas Lunch =]

Cyndel - posted on 01/20/2011

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I just read the other posts, and I'm not meaning to be harsh, but EVERYTHING is about Jesus. I can't justify allowing my kids to believe in Santa. I didn't and it didn't ruin christmas for me, I enjoyed pretending Santa exists, just like my other favorite fictional charactures from books and movies. We were allowed to watch movies with Santa in them etc. but i never believed. Jesus was the Center of Christmas. Jesus and his wonderful, glorious, generosity. coming to earth to die for us while we yet hated him. it boggles the mind. Why would i want to distract from the glory of Jesus with a fictional characture, or focusing on a man who also only wanted to glorify Jesus, who is now dead and with Jesus?
Jesus is everything and I can't justify distracting from him with Santa.

Cyndel - posted on 01/20/2011

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No.
Saint Nicholas is dead and Santa clause does not exist.
Saint Nicholas was a man who loved Jesus and had the spiritual gift of generosity. He gave and gave to help those around him. He would honestly be horrified at how his testimony has been twisted and mangle to the story of Santa Clause. All he wanted was to live and give glory to Christ. My children will know the true story, but will not believe he is still alive, or that Santa Clause exists. It is a lie.
The bible says not to lie. We tell our children not to lie then we let them live for years telling them that Santa exists and the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, most kids are devistated when they find out Santa doesn't exist, and that their parents lied to them, that they did the one thing they have been punished for doing.
I know that if my parents had told me Santa existed, when I found out or figured out otherwise I would not have trusted them for a long time. I tend to trust people completely until they prove untrustworthy then it takes a long time to regain my trust.
Any way I am against letting a child believe Santa exists or Saint Nicholas is still alive.
Jesus should be the center of Christmas, and his complete unselfish generosity of giving up heaven and the glory he deserves to come to earth to live as a dirt poor Jew under the Roman rule, so that the Father can have a relationship with us.

Sherri - posted on 01/03/2011

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We tried not to bring up Santa too much with our kids, but it is hard when they see him on T.V, in the malls, figurines in stores, and in storybooks. We have learned to let them have fun while they are small. The do know the true meaning of Christmas, and that is what is important!! :)

Samantha - posted on 01/02/2011

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We don't personally do it, but I have learned from others since making our decision 5 yrs ago, that its probably ok as long as you are honest with your kids about it as soon as they start to ask the truth. Only then are you at risk of hurting your integrity with your kids.

Santos - posted on 12/28/2010

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Hello mommies! My kids frequently ask me if "SANTA" is true and if "Rudolf" is true... it was a story in a book right? But me and my husband still tells them that Santa as a person is true because he has history but not the flying with rudolf is but we still instill in them that that story was made to make the children happy. Being a Christian we explain to them that this stories are made for a reason and we celebrate Christmas not because we want to see Santa Claus but we want to thank the God Almighty for coming and saving us from our sins and we will continue praising Him because He is our God!

Theresa - posted on 12/27/2010

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Yes. No reason to burst their bubble. As long as they go to church and know the TRUE meaning of Christmas, let them be a kid.

Mindy - posted on 12/24/2010

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My children "believe" in Santa, but they know that its not HIM that blesses them on Christmas. They know we are celebrating Jesus' Birthday and and think of Santa as more of the "spirit of Christmas" rather than an actual human being. And by not telling them that there is NO Santa, they don't ruin it for other kids in their school who do believe.

Tina - posted on 12/23/2010

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I am a mom, and an ordained minister. Both of my girls believe in Santa still, but they are very grounded in the true meaning of Christmas! We do a birthday cake for Jesus and my 7 year old will be singing the brooklyn tabernacle choir version of Happy Birthday Jesus on Sunday in the church program. I agree, Santa is innocent, has a history behind him that is pure and it sparks imagination in children. Hope this helps. God bless, and Merry Christmas!!

Julie - posted on 12/23/2010

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THANK YOU SO MUCH MOMMIES.THAT'S WHAT I FELT.MY CHILDREN AND US WENT TO GO VISIT A FAMILY MEMBER THAT ARE CHRISTIAN.THEY TEACH THE CHILDREN THAT SANTA DOESN'T EXIST.I THOUGHT THAT WAS SOO HARSH.BUT,I HAVE LEARNED THAT I;M NOT ALWAYS RIGHT.SO I NEED SOME CHRISTIAN MOMMIES FEEDBACK.I AM CONFIDENT ABOUT LETTING MY BOYS BELIEVE IN SANTA.AGAIN,THANKS.:)

Theresa - posted on 12/23/2010

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I agree with the other 2 ladies. We've always had Santa, but have always taught our kids why Christmas really exists. You can get from a Christian Bookstore a figurine of Santa kneeling before the baby Jesus. I think that's an excellent visual tool to help kids keep it in perspective. Even Santa knows Jesus is the reason for Christmas.

Carla - posted on 12/23/2010

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I wholeheartedly agree with Sarah. My grandfather was a pastor and we all believed in Santa. There is so little innocent childhood our children get to indulge in nowadays, I think let 'em believe as long as they can. As long as we teach them it's Jesus' birthday, and He is why we celebrate, Santa is just a fun off-shoot.

God bless, and Merry Christmas, darling!

Sarah - posted on 12/23/2010

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Absolutely! Our church members even come up to the kids and ask if they are excited to see Saint Nicholas this year!
I personally don't see any harm in having them use their imagination and get excited about Santa. If you ask any of my children (age 4,5) what Christmas day is really about, they will tell you "Jesus' Birthday!"

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