Over this issue of Santa Claus I can sense that I might be in the minority in our Christian school but our family has had fun with the idea for years. Bekah still enjoys the giggling fun of Santa. My own pastor dresses up as Santa for his kids (when they were younger anyway!). It’s just fun. And fun is good! 🙂
We also celebrate Advent all month as well as St Nick’s day where we learn about St Nick – but on Christmas morning, Santa Claus and his reindeer visit our house. I actually kinda believed in this fun little fantasy through 7th/8th grade.
As a mom now, I love that I can give to my children “in secret” as this is a Christ like model of giving that someday, my kids will be able to do for their own children. I now look back on Christmases of my youth and tearfully realize, that my parents were the sacrificial givers of those gifts I knew had to be from Santa because “there was no way they could afford it.” That’s Christ like love personified.
I whole heartedly agree with James Dobson’s perspective on this and thought I’d send it along:
“Can Teaching Your Children about Santa Claus Interfere with Their Spiritual Beliefs Later in Life.”
James Dobson: “I don’t believe that those early, early fantasies really interfere with later Spiritual beliefs. I haven’t seen any evidence of that, either in the life of my kids or in the lives of those I have had anything to do with. To allow a little bit of fantasy in a child’s life enriches his intellectual life and I think he needs it. Children thrive on fantasy. It enriches our mental existence. Reality can be a pretty cold and hard place. I think children need the fantasy that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and other childhood mythical creatures bring.
Dr Bill Maier: Childhood fantasies can be fun and help develop a child’s imagination. As long as the fantasies are not unhealthy, there is no need to “correct” your kids any earlier than necessary”
For this same commentary in audio form here is the link: