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I am a new mom and my baby just had her first Christmas. Since she is only three months old we did not have to worry about Santa this year. We are not sure what to do about teaching our child about Santa Claus when we want to keep the focus souly on Jesus Christ's birthday. We would like to keep Santa as a fictional character but then we do not want to spoil it for other children when she gets old enough to talk to other kids about c-mas. And then there is everyone asking her already if Santa found her. Does anyone have any suggestions of how to keep Jesus as the focus or to find a good balance between the two?????

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Anne - posted on 03/25/2011

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Jackie - posted on 03/25/2011

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i absolutely did not do santa with my daughter - she always gets surprises at christmas in honor of Jesus, and we discuss whatever you do unto others in the name of him is an honor, so we find a charity situation to give to as well wether large or small. we also taught her about St Nick and the stories about Kris Kringle. we had some friends and family who disagreed and would still bring santa into the picture but by the time she was three (only 3 months after her birthday) someone asked her what she wanted santa to bring her or what he had brought her she would say "nothing, but i want or i got ......."

i do not lie to her about any one coming to our house in the middle of the night and leaving gifts and she has learned to be thankful to the people who give her stuff and to God for his provisions. as a single parent the year i was dianosed with cancer and gifts were few she said at 8 yrs old we dont need gifts mama cause we got each other and i want all the money for my gifts to go to help you get better. it was then i knew she really "got it" . we do have a tree fun and surprises.

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Quoting Teresa:

Hello Reina,

I recently posted this on my myspace page to give a comparason of our Savior and Santa Claus:

The Difference between Christ and Santa Claus

Santa lives at the North Pole.

Jesus is everywhere.


Santa rides in a sleigh.

Jesus rides on the wind and walks on the water.


Santa comes but once a year.

Jesus is ever present.


Santa fills your stockings with goodies.

Jesus supplies all your needs.


Santa comes down your chimney uninvited.

Jesus stands at your door, knocks, and then enters
your heart when invited.


You have to wait in line to see Santa.

Jesus is as close as the mention of His name.


Santa lets you sit on his lap.

Jesus lets you rest in His arms.


Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is, "Hi, little one, what's your name?"

Jesus knew our name before we were born.

Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too.

He knows our history, future and how many hairs are on
our heads.


Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly.

Jesus has a heart full of love

All Santa can offer is "HO HO HO"
Jesus offers health, help, and hope.


Santa says, "You better not cry."

Jesus says, "Cast all your cares on me, for I care for
you."

Santa's little helpers make toys.

Jesus makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs
broken homes and builds mansions.


Santa may make you chuckle.

Jesus gives you joy that is your strength.


While Santa puts gifts under your tree.

Jesus became our gift and died on a tree - - - the cross.


Put Christ back in Christmas.

Jesus is still the reason for the season!

For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but
have eternal life.

--John 3:16


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And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him/her that is athirst of the fountain of the waterof life freely. He/She that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his/herGod , and she/he shall be my son/daughter.

--Revelation 21:6-7



 



Wow, I love this!  As a child growing up in a Christain family, I enjoyed the fun of Santa, knowing that he was only pretend, and Jesus is the real reason for Christmas, and you have brought the whole Jesus/Santa thing into perspective in a totally positive way...thankyou for sharing this with us!  x



 





 

Lynda - posted on 01/13/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

I hope it's not too late to respond to your question about SC? That has been an issue with us too. My husband and I have five children (6,5,3,2,10mo.). When our oldest was little we had to sit down and talk to each other and decide what we were going to do about this, and pray. We tell our children Santa is not real. (and I don't think "Santa" = Satan is a coincidence). We stress the real reason for Christmas, God giving us Jesus so that Jesus could die on the cross for our salvation so we could go to Heaven. We strongly emphasize Santa isn't real. We also tell them to tell other people when they are asked or it is talked about, to say simply I/we don't believe in Santa. We get those questions all the time. They are asked in the store or in a restaurant by complete strangers if they are ready for Santa or what did Santa bring them. My opinion telling children that Santa is real is a lie. Also I think why give the credit of a who gave the present to someone who isn't real? We feel my husband works hard for our money and our children should be grateful for what they get. We also don't do any Easter bunny, or tooth fairy, or Halloween (that's another issue we get harassed about). As long as you and your husband agree on what you are going to tell your daughter and any future children and it doesn't take away from the Lord, to each his own. It's funny that you posted this because this is something we fight every year too. It's so frustrating but it is also a way to witness to others and tell them the true meaning of Christmas. God Bless you and your family. (I'll shut up now, sorry, hope it wasn't too much for you)


I'm so glad we dont have to deal with Halloween here.

Amanda - posted on 01/13/2009

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I hope it's not too late to respond to your question about SC? That has been an issue with us too. My husband and I have five children (6,5,3,2,10mo.). When our oldest was little we had to sit down and talk to each other and decide what we were going to do about this, and pray. We tell our children Santa is not real. (and I don't think "Santa" = Satan is a coincidence). We stress the real reason for Christmas, God giving us Jesus so that Jesus could die on the cross for our salvation so we could go to Heaven. We strongly emphasize Santa isn't real. We also tell them to tell other people when they are asked or it is talked about, to say simply I/we don't believe in Santa. We get those questions all the time. They are asked in the store or in a restaurant by complete strangers if they are ready for Santa or what did Santa bring them. My opinion telling children that Santa is real is a lie. Also I think why give the credit of a who gave the present to someone who isn't real? We feel my husband works hard for our money and our children should be grateful for what they get. We also don't do any Easter bunny, or tooth fairy, or Halloween (that's another issue we get harassed about). As long as you and your husband agree on what you are going to tell your daughter and any future children and it doesn't take away from the Lord, to each his own. It's funny that you posted this because this is something we fight every year too. It's so frustrating but it is also a way to witness to others and tell them the true meaning of Christmas. God Bless you and your family. (I'll shut up now, sorry, hope it wasn't too much for you)

Jo - posted on 01/13/2009

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It is incredibly important that we have integrity towards our children. We decided that we were not going to lie to our children by perpetuating Santa/Toothfairy/Easter Bunny etc.While Jesus is of course the centre of the Christmas Story & Easter, Santa is a reality in our Childrens worlds. Their unchurched friends may well believe in Santa. We told our kids that Santa was a nice story and they shouldn't ruin it for their friends as that is the responsibility of their parents to choose how to handle Santa. My children are 8 & 9 now and we still leave carrots for the reindeer and cookies for santa, but it's just a bit of fun. We have a Christmas Eve Service, and that is a wonderful reminder of the reality of God's Gift to Us. I guess the key is to find a balance that feels right for you.

Jessica - posted on 01/13/2009

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Quoting Jeanine:

Hi! This is a very controversial topic. I recently read an article in a Christian magazine about the origins of christmas,santa claus and the christmas tree. Apparently most of it originated as pagan worship. If you want I can send you more info.

I want to write this message because I also struggled with this question. The Lord answered my question through my husband and in so many other ways.
I spoke to my husband about this and asked him how we are going to celebrate the birthday of Jesus if the whole base of Christmas is all wrong!? He told me that in the Bible there is a verse that says, we as christians are in the world but should not be part of the world (my own words). We should set ourselves apart.

At the bottom of the article this verse was given:
Rom 14:5 This man puts one day before another: to that man they are the same. Let every man be certain in his mind.
Rom 14:6 He who keeps the day, keeps it to the Lord; and he who takes food, takes it as to the Lord, for he gives praise to God; and he who does not take food, to the Lord he takes it not, and gives praise to God.

We still celebrate christmas, but to me there is no balance between Jesus and santa, there is only one focus and that is Jesus! Im not going to be afraid to tell my daughter that santa clause is a lie (she is only 9 months old) and we dont have a tree at all.
Our focus is going to be on giving to the needy,no one will recieve a gift exept Abigail, but only a small one (sorry family!). The Lord gave us such a great gift,and He placed it on my heart to spread His love to those who need it most.

Each person must make up their own mind. The only message I want to get out there is that we as christians should stand up for what we belive in regardless of what other people think. The Lord will teach you through his word exactly what to do. I serve Yahweh (Lord) Almighty and celebrate the 1st coming of Yesua (Jesus). And eagerly await His return. God bless you and good luck!


I completely agree with her! My husband and i have been talking about this even before we had our son, most people, i think, would say that doing it this way will ruin it for our children, but im sorry to say that its really not about them its about the lord! But one thing that some of our Christian friends do is actually have a birthday cake for Jesus (mostly for the kids) which is something we have considered. Hope everything works out and God bless!





 

Anna - posted on 01/13/2009

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My parents raised me Christian and I believed in Santa as a child. We were always taught that Santa was one of Jesus's servants who loved children and wanted to help out. We also had a figurine of Santa kneeling and praying to baby Jesus in our house. I think this was a nice balance and kept the focus on Jesus, but let us have the fun of Santa too. I plan to do the same with my kids as soon as they are old enough to understand. I hope you figure out what you want to do! There is a lot of advice out there.

Kristi - posted on 01/12/2009

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I am a Christian mom and my husband is a minister, we keep the focus on Jesus but we also play santa.  I grew up in a Christian home and my mom did the same thing I am doing and I think I always knew the difference.  As your child or chidren get older you can allow them to have a Birthday party (with a cake) to celebrate the birth of Christ.  They can invite friends or you can do a neighborhood party.  Have kids bring a gift that can be given to children in need.  On Christmas morning we see what gifts santa left and then have breakfast, before we open anymore gifts someone gets the Bible and reads the true Christmas story to the family.  (My kids are seven, two and one )

Amy - posted on 01/12/2009

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I have a four year old daughter who does believe in Santa. However, when we discuss Christmas we talk about the reason we celebrate this holiday and the giving/getting of gifts. I don't think there is anything wrong with the fun of "Santa" as long as your child also understands that the day represents/celebrates the birth of Christ. It really helped us explain this concept when we drove around town and would point out the nativity scenes. I also have friends who make a birthday cake for Jesus for Christmas. I think the holiday folklore is fine and I do believe you can have a balance of fiction with faith as long as you talk about it. I always read Caila books at Christmas that talk about the birth of Christ. Kids understand and value what we as parents instill in them.

Sarah - posted on 01/12/2009

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I was raised knowing that there was not a Santa Clause. We focused on Christ Birth. My parents taught me that there really was a guy named St. Nick who would take toys to children but he was just a man and pasted away many years ago. We were incouraged not to "spoil it" for other kids when we got to be school age. And if we were asked about it from an adult we could say we didn't belive in Santa. When asked by a kid we were to say that we celebrated Jesus's Birthday, and it is better to give than recieve. Or Santa doesn't visit my house. My son was 2 for this Christmas and I had that discussion with my in-laws last year. They think I am Depriving him from presents. I told them that Christmas was about giving not getting. So thankfully We had no Santa presents this year. I pray that you will find a way that works for you and your family. God Bless!

Rebecca - posted on 01/12/2009

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My daughter is 8 and she belives in Santa, she know the story behind St Nicholas and I told her that he was a very good Christian that liked helping others. My husband and I have told her that the real reason of Christmas is Jesus and she loves reading the Christmas story every year. I had the same email that Teresa posted sent to me ands I read it too her and she loved it. In response to another member about children questioning their belif, my daughter has quiried Santa, but never once has she asked me if God and Jesus are fictional, for a young child she has a very deep faith.

Kathi - posted on 01/12/2009

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My kids are 5 and 3 and they believe in Santa. We've been careful to keep the focus on Jesus and we've also told them the story of St. Nick and that he was the original "Santa". We also try to make the focus more on giving than receiving. To us, Santa is a fun tradition, and I'm sure it won't be long before they stop believing in him, and we'll continue to keep the focus on Christ and his birth.

Nancy - posted on 01/12/2009

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Well my kids are 7 and 9 and have never believed in santa. I feel that because so many non believers tell their kids about santa we should tell our kids why it is important to keep it about Jesus.. My kids know not to tell other kids about santa but they also know to tell them about what Christ-mas is all about. Christ. Pray about it and the Lord will guide you.. much love 



                                                                                                                    Nancy

Carrie - posted on 01/12/2009

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Hi, I am a mother to a 12 y/o boy and 10 y/o girl. My husband and I decided when our kids were babies to continue the tradition of Santa but we spent time indicating that Santa is a Christian too! We have even left reply notes from Santa that refers to Jesus Christ being the reason we celebrate and that He is the ultimate gift! As they have gotten older, they realize that Santa is fictional. I think everyone has to do what is right according to your family and the personalities of your kids. The way we handled it worked well for our two and they still enjoy seeing other kids get excited about Santa but they also are the first to say that Jesus is the central focus of our celebration. We have always been intentional to discuss the birth of Christ and emphasize it's role for our own lives every holiday season...we've been careful to not let talk of Santa to overshadow our focus on Christ!

Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2009

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honestly, I never thought about this.  I told my son Santa would only come if he behaved, and God would tell Santa if he's behaving or not.  He didn't really get it, though, so I guess it's not too late to rethink the Santa issue and fix it for next year.  Besides, non of his gifts were from Santa anyway, and even if we wrote "From Santa" he woulnd't have read it anyway.  I'm glad I saw this post.  We stopped celebrating holloween, but it never occured to me to not allow Santa in the Christmas celebration.

Toni - posted on 01/11/2009

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I have a 7 year old daughter who knows that Santa does not bring her presents. I love that she knows I buy her presents. She, therefore, knows that we love her, not some mythical man. She's always known that Santa isn't real. I just didn't want to lie to her about a man in a red suit and its not that she doesn't know about him. She does and is even intrigued by him. She sat with Santa for the first time this year. I've really really stressed to her NOT to tell her friends about Santa because if they want to believe that, its FINE but we choose not to. I honestly have more problems from grown adults even within my church. They are almost appaulled that we don't "do" santa. But, I'm fine with our choice and don't regret it at all. We do a birthday cake for Jesus and sing Happy Birthday to Him. We talk frequently about how God gave us the best gift ever and that our presents can't compare to the gift of Jesus.

[deleted account]

Hello Reina,



I recently posted this on my myspace page to give a comparason of our Savior and Santa Claus:



The Difference between Christ and Santa Claus



Santa lives at the North Pole.



Jesus is everywhere.





Santa rides in a sleigh.



Jesus rides on the wind and walks on the water.





Santa comes but once a year.



Jesus is ever present.





Santa fills your stockings with goodies.



Jesus supplies all your needs.





Santa comes down your chimney uninvited.



Jesus stands at your door, knocks, and then enters

your heart when invited.





You have to wait in line to see Santa.



Jesus is as close as the mention of His name.





Santa lets you sit on his lap.



Jesus lets you rest in His arms.





Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is, "Hi, little one, what's your name?"



Jesus knew our name before we were born.



Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too.



He knows our history, future and how many hairs are on

our heads.





Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly.



Jesus has a heart full of love



All Santa can offer is "HO HO HO"

Jesus offers health, help, and hope.





Santa says, "You better not cry."



Jesus says, "Cast all your cares on me, for I care for

you."



Santa's little helpers make toys.



Jesus makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs

broken homes and builds mansions.





Santa may make you chuckle.



Jesus gives you joy that is your strength.





While Santa puts gifts under your tree.



Jesus became our gift and died on a tree - - - the cross.





Put Christ back in Christmas.



Jesus is still the reason for the season!



For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son

that whoever believes in Him should not perish but

have eternal life.



--John 3:16





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And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him/her that is athirst of the fountain of the waterof life freely. He/She that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his/herGod , and she/he shall be my son/daughter.



--Revelation 21:6-7

Lynda - posted on 01/11/2009

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I'm not saying that believing in Santa makes you a bad person or anything, please dont think that anyone. My girls get excited when seeing him in the shops and i am fine with that but i make it a point to make them know he isnt real and ask them what Christmas really is about etc and try to feed their spiritual belief more then their wordly one, You know?

I didnt believe in Santa growing up but i do understand what you are saying. I just feel that in this day and age, when i believe that Jesus return is sooner then we think that its important not to let these outside influeneces affect our children.....I guess i am just trying to give my girls a much more stronger passion for Jesus really

Jordyn - posted on 01/11/2009

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For me growing up I always believed that Santa put the gifts under the tree, did that make me a bad person or any less of a Christian? No, it didn't. It was fun to believe that there was a man that loved all the children so much that he dedicated a night to bring them all presents. Saying this, I also knew why we were celebrating Christmas. I don't believe allowing your daughter to believe in Santa Claus will take away from the meaning of Christmas, as long as you make sure she understands what happened that first Christmas. May I ask how Christmas was for you when you were a child? Did you believe in Santa as well as know that Christ our saviour was born that night? Because going from what your family did when you were young is also something to think about when making that decision. I hope you are able to settle this matter, but regardless of what anyone says, it's going to rely solely on you and your husband's decision. Good luck and God bless.

Lynda - posted on 01/11/2009

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I've been teaching my girls the true meaning of Christmas by reading them stories of Jesus etc. My DD1, who is 4, knows that santa isnt real and that his character is 'bad' because he takes the focus away from what christmas really is about etc. She knows not to tell other children but i cant help it if she wants to spread the light.
just for fun Santa re arranged is Satan...there are coincidences when it comes to Jesus

Geannine - posted on 01/08/2009

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Jeanine - it's interesting that we have the same name and belief!  We too "celebreate" Christmas as Jesus' birthday and nothing else.  We tell our children (we have 3 with #4 on the way) that Santa Claus is make believe.  We do not have a Christmas Tree nor do we decorate with lights or the other secular decorations.  My oldest is in kindergarten and the Santa issue has definitely come up.  I told my daughter that she can listen to the other students tell her "Santa is real" but in her heart she knows the truth and there is no reason to correct them.  If she were to say something and I received a call from a parent (yes, in the school district I live in this would not be unusual) then I would simply tell the parent that their child was forcing their beliefs on my child and that would not be right either.



We discuss in length with our children the reason for the day (although Dec 25th itself is a pagan day that was chosen to convert pagans to Christianity) and always keep the focus on Jesus. 

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This doesn't address the Santa issue, but... have you thought about giving baby Jesus a present? After all, it is His birthday. Perhaps at the start of Advent, you can wrap a cardboard box, such as an old shoe box, and place notes in it. On each note, you can write something that you or your child(ren) did as a gift for Jesus. For example; gave a hug to a kid at preschool that was feeling sad, helped mommy clean up after dinner, put money in someone's parking meter, picked up toys without being told, etc. Anything that helps someone else could be a "gift" for Jesus. On Christmas day, you can open the box and see just how many caring things were done.

Deb - posted on 01/05/2009

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I have a 2 1/2 year old and this was the first year she really got it all. We focused on Jesus, but santa did visit our house... We have a great book that we got from a Christian book store that tells about the real santa clause - St. Nicholas. It shows that he loved Jesus and gave gifts to the poor out of love for Him. So even though we do have santa visiting, we are trying to focus on the spirit and intention on the real santa who was a great Christian man. That way she can still enjoy the fun of santa; and when she's old enough she'll put it together that he was a man who lived a long time ago. It's a hard situation though... a very personal choice; I agree.

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This is a completely personal decision and you'll find people very on fire about either side. Here's my personal take on it. Jesus is the reason for the season and we celebrate Christ coming to earth for our salvation. Our family reads the Christmas story from scripture before opening any gifts. We have a birthday party for Jesus with a cake, etc. We have an ornament that shows Santa bowing to the baby in the manger. We don't make a big deal over Santa but we allow him to enjoy the whole Santa Claus and Reindeer with a Sleigh because the concept of a jolly fellow giving gifts to children doesn't bother me. The original Saint Nicholas was a good man that helped others. There's also a German tradition (I'm of German background) that Dec 6th is Santa Claus day. That's the day that they put out their shoes and got candy and gifts from Santa Claus and Christmas (the 25th) was 100% about Christ.

Mildreth - posted on 01/02/2009

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I told my eldest son that Santa did not exist and that Christmas was about celebrating The birth of Christ and the precious gift given to us. I also keep it to 3 gifts, and explained to him that it is only 3 because that is what Jesus received.

Marguerite - posted on 01/02/2009

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I know how you feel. My doughter is about to be 3. We have never talked about santa to her not once. We have always made Christmas about Jesus. We also have always done something we like to call daddy cluase haha. We always did the usual Christmas things but we did daddy clause. I just did not want her to be let down if she found out the santa was not real, and in turn think that God and Jesus are fictional because santa was. But this year on her own she started to talk about santa and telling us what santa was goin to bring her. So we still let her do the santa thing but I think she knows he is not real and she is verry understanding that Christmas is JESUS' birthday and not just day of getting the things that you want. I do think its fun for her to think about santa knowing what she wanted and bringing it to her house. I still liked daddy cluase better, isn't that whom does all the real work to make it happen anyways haha. Good luck, I'm sure you will figure out whats right for your family before next yr.

Cindy - posted on 01/02/2009

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I was a single Mom and I decided that I needed my children to trust me. We never had the Easter Bunny, tooth fairy or Santa Claus. we talked about these as fictional characters that some people liked to pretend were real. I didn't want my kids as they grew older and found out the truth about such characters that they would lump Jesus and God into the same category. My children have grown and know that I won't lie to them and will always be straight up about everything. They didn't miss out on any fun growing up. In fact because we didn't trick or treat they usually got more candy from people feeling sorry for them than if we had gone door to door. as Christians we don't have to buy into all the worlds ideas of make believe, we can find fascinating and real amazing stories in the Bible. God Bless. Cindy

Julie - posted on 01/02/2009

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Just keep your focus on Jesus, we do prayers at supper duing advent and read about the birth of Jesus alot during the upcoming events. Our daughter (6) loves it and enjoys all of it, as much as our son did when he was little (15).

Pray about it, and the Lord will lead you in the right direction for you.

I totally understand your concern...I did too.

God Bless~!

Velvia - posted on 01/02/2009

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When our children were little (Many years ago) we told them that Santa was pretend just like Mickey Mouse. They didn't seem to care, and as far as I know they didn't ruin it for anyone else. They just played along with the other kids, knowing all along that the one true reason for the season is our Savior.

User - posted on 01/02/2009

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Hello, Merry Christmas, hope you and your little girl enjoyed your first Christmas together! I also had the same concerns with this, and, after praying, and chatting to my Christian mummy friends, just decided to tell our son (then three) that Saint Nicholas was a very kind man who used to like giving presents to children at Christmas (not sure how true this is!), and so it's fun to pretend that Santa comes to give us pressies at Christmas, but really Mummy and Daddy put the gifts in his sack. And, obviously, like all Christian families we remember to keep Jesus at the focus of Christmas.I thinkk that if you do this,then it will rub off on your children...remember that Jesus is at the centre of your life all year round, but Santa only gets a mention once a year! Don't worry if she lets it slip to other children...just keep it fun and it will be fine!!

Jeanine - posted on 01/02/2009

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Hi! This is a very controversial topic. I recently read an article in a Christian magazine about the origins of christmas,santa claus and the christmas tree. Apparently most of it originated as pagan worship. If you want I can send you more info.



I want to write this message because I also struggled with this question. The Lord answered my question through my husband and in so many other ways.

I spoke to my husband about this and asked him how we are going to celebrate the birthday of Jesus if the whole base of Christmas is all wrong!? He told me that in the Bible there is a verse that says, we as christians are in the world but should not be part of the world (my own words). We should set ourselves apart.



At the bottom of the article this verse was given:

Rom 14:5 This man puts one day before another: to that man they are the same. Let every man be certain in his mind.

Rom 14:6 He who keeps the day, keeps it to the Lord; and he who takes food, takes it as to the Lord, for he gives praise to God; and he who does not take food, to the Lord he takes it not, and gives praise to God.



We still celebrate christmas, but to me there is no balance between Jesus and santa, there is only one focus and that is Jesus! Im not going to be afraid to tell my daughter that santa clause is a lie (she is only 9 months old) and we dont have a tree at all.

Our focus is going to be on giving to the needy,no one will recieve a gift exept Abigail, but only a small one (sorry family!). The Lord gave us such a great gift,and He placed it on my heart to spread His love to those who need it most.



Each person must make up their own mind. The only message I want to get out there is that we as christians should stand up for what we belive in regardless of what other people think. The Lord will teach you through his word exactly what to do. I serve Yahweh (Lord) Almighty and celebrate the 1st coming of Yesua (Jesus). And eagerly await His return. God bless you and good luck!

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Hi there, I know what you mean about it being a concern, I was just the same... My eldest boy is 3 and very open to suggestion, Lots of people suggested to him that Santa was coming soon ect and he got very excited about it. But over December we read him the true Christmas story at night to him everyday, so he knew what Christmas was all about. And we explained that Santa wasn't real and he said to me "Santa is just pretend isn't he mummy, but it's nice to pretend".



This is a good balance I think.

Nancy - posted on 01/02/2009

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We have a good balance... my daughter knows why we celebrate Christmas.. Christ! She knows it's Jesus' birth day, but I must say she enjoys receiving gifts from Santa!!!

Christ already gave us 1 amazing gift.. our salvation and this can not be compared to any other gift out there... but it's nice to receive other gifts from Santa too :)



I think as long as YOU keep the focus on Jesus... your daughter will as well! Good Luck & God Bless... you have another 11 months to think about it :)

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