We’ve wrestled with Santa in our house for a couple of years now. I am not really keen on doing the whole Santa Claus “thing,” for a number of reasons. First, we only give a limited number of gifts to our kids for our family Christmas. So, truthfully, I don’t want some fictional character getting credit for the gifts…I gave them to my kids and I want them to know that these are from mommy and daddy. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the theology of Santa Claus has bothered me for years. Santa represents not just some creepy old dude who sneaks into your house while your sleeping, but an omniscient legalist who is bent on giving you gifts if you’re good. This is not exactly the theology of Christmas, where Jesus is the perfect gift, given out of God’s grace to those who are wicked. I’ve written about that elsewhere.
So, with all that in my mind, I decided our family was not going to prentend like the popular concept of Santa Claus was real…then my daughter decided he was. We’ve talked with her, we’ve explained that St. Nicholas was a real person and that Santa Claus is a fun game to play. We’ve told her Santa isn’t real…etc. She doesn’t care. She insists that Santa Claus is real and that he will bring her gifts on Christmas day. So, what do you do as a parent? How do you resolve this dilemma. We’re still wrestling…but in the meantime I am greatful for posts like this.