Many controversies are brewing over Christmas. In my home Jesus is taught to my children, and the laws of God. My children have the right to believe in what they choose. God doesn’t force Himself on anyone. It is our job as parents to teach truth above all things. Just like Jesus has given each of us His truth we still go astray, or disobey Him. As for Santa Claus he is a fairytale, make-believe. My children know the real reason of life it’s self. Jesus is our provider. I had a dilemma while spiritually maturing, with them believing in Santa Claus, and growing up and finding he was not real, then what would happen if they say, Jesus must not be real either?
Lies can cause destruction, even when it’s for fun, or fantasy at that age. Not judging anyone on how you celebrate, just saying my children can celebrate birthdays, baptisms, and God’s love and mercy versus material things from Santa Claus. Christmas has changed to buy me everything on my list. People fighting in the long Black Friday lines! Parents spend money they don’t have and struggle after the holidays. Hardship is on the marriage due to financial strain. To top it off, society comes up with a new toy or item, and the children long forgets those gifts they received. They will receive something, but will give back.
We have decided to not focus on a wish list, but to do family projects of helping others. We have taken names off our Angel tree at church, and will give to those in need!
My children are actually, excited to purchase, and make gifts for others. They realized they have plenty! My children depend on us for food, shelter etc. It is my husband, and I who depend on Christ! I explain to them where my help comes from. When my child is sick, it is not Santa I will call. If I need shelter it is not Santa I will call upon. If I need food, then Santa cookies are not going to meet my needs. That’s the truth people!
No matter what rather you choose to allow your children too believe in your version of Santa, or not as long as they know Jesus is the ultimate gift, then that’s what’s important! Jesus is not dumb! He sees the heart. There are a lot of cartoons, and superheroes out there. There are false ministries in Jesus name that misrepresent Him,too. So as long as your children believe God exist that’s what’s important! Still allow them to be children though, but in Christ! Don’t be forceful with God, on them!
But loving, and teach them truth, His truth! As parents, you have the obligation to God, to teach your children what is right in your home by God’s word. I trust you will pray about this issue and are sincere in how you believe the Lord is leading. His way is always the best way to live. In the mean time, please try to establish Christmas traditions in your home which focuses on Jesus alone, and how His birth provided for us a relationship with Christ! This is your season to lead your children in making Christ your first priority. Giving is Christ, but for the right reasons, and to those less fortunate!
I wanted to share an article from www.rpmministries.org. I found it to be very refreshingly truthful!
Message I wanted to share:
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 an ever present help.
Santa fills your stockings with goodies … JESUS supplies all your needs by the riches of His grace.
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited … JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and enters your heart.
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 boy or girl, what’s your name?” … JESUS knew our name before we did. Not only does He know our name, He knows our history and future, and He even knows our hearts 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, grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
All Santa can offer is “HO HO HO” … JESUS says, “Cast your cares on me, for I care for you.”
Santa’s little helpers make toys … JESUS makes a new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes, and builds mansions.
Santa may make you chuckle but … JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.
While Santa puts gifts under your tree … JESUS became our gift and died on the tree, for you & for me.
It’s obvious there is really no comparison.
We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about.
We need to put CHRIST back in Christmas.
Jesus is still the reason for the season.
Yes, JESUS is better, He is even better than Santa Claus—infinitely better!