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- Both are red.
- The letters in SANTA can be rearranged to SATAN.
- Both distract from the real reason for Christmas (the birth of the Savior).
- The name "Claus" sounds like "Claws," which Satan has and uses to hurt people.
The Church Lady. For this friend, to insist (especially to children) that Santa isn't real brings back to mind a ton of baggage and wounds from his childhood. Fortunately for me, I grew up Jewish, so I mostly have had a blank slate with regards to my own perspectives about Santa. Then again, one friend suggested (tongue-in-cheek, perhaps) that the reason I am against Santa is because I am scarred by never getting gifts from him as a child.
In this post, I explained what we do with Santa Claus, and why. But we have lots of friends whose kids do believe in Santa, and in talking with some of them recently, I can totally understand where they are coming from. And I do love to see how our kids eagerly anticipate the Christmas season -- to celebrate the birth of Jesus, to deocrate our house inside and out, to give gifts, and even to pretend about Santa, elves, Frosty, Rudolph, and more.
So here's what we are going to do: I have asked my good friends Ryan & Molly Burns to share how and why they have led their children to believe in Santa. They are some of the best parents I know, being intentional in this and so many other areas of discipleship. They've answered a series of questions that I asked them, which we will split up into two posts to be published later this week.
In the meantime, you may enjoy this article from Mark Driscoll, published in the Washington Post. When it comes to Santa, he writes, we can reject, receive, or redeem him. "We tell them the truth and encourage them to have fun watching Christmas shows on television and even sitting on Santa's lap for a holiday photo if they so desire."
Whatever perspective you come from, you won't want to miss the posts later this week, called "Being a Santa Family."
Here's a question for you: when you were growing up, did you believe that Santa Claus was real?