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Monday Musing #1

Beginning today, I’m going to post a question I’m pondering on Monday. I would love to hear any input – whether you leave it in the comments or create your own post. I’ll be checking in on the discussion all week long. So in light of Christmas, here’s today’s musing.

Do you (or did you) celebrate the tradition of Santa? How did you arrive at that decision and what did the tradition look like in your home?

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6 comments

  1. Yes. We stuffed stockings over the fireplace and distributed gifts from below a little Christmas tree. All the gifts were wrapped on Christmas Eve, and my youngest child believes they were brought by Santa.

    Early in our marriage, my wife suggested that the kids will know reality soon enough. If they ask directly, we’ll answer honestly, but in the mean time, we let them enjoy the fantasy.

    Still, they’ve always known that the main event is Jesus’ incarnation.

  2. spaghettipie

    C – I like that thought. We’ve talked about allowing Santa to be a part of our tradition, but not going to great lengths to perpetuate the fantasy. Also, if our daughter asks, we won’t lie. We still don’t know exactly how to handle it. She’s young enough this year that we don’t have to really worry about it. I grew up with Santa, and I don’t think my walk with Christ was hindered by it. . . but we’re still trying to decide what we’ll do in our family.

  3. We don’t do Santa in our house. I have friends who wouldn’t even talk about him. Because they homeschooled, their daughter was ten years old before she even asked about “the man in a red suit.” We haven’t gone to that extreme. My kids recognize Santa. They know he drives a sleigh with flying reindeer, but they also know Jesus’ birth is the reason we celebrate Christmas; they know the gifts they receive are from people they know and love. I have taught our kids about the real St. Nicholas and explained how that morphed into the legend of Santa Claus.

    How did we arrive at this? It really wasn’t an issue. Neither my husband nor I grew up believing in Santa. I try to be completely honest with our kids about everything. I want them to know they can trust me always. Part of me wonders if they caught me in a lie — even something as harmless as Santa — they might then question everything else I’ve taught them — about God and other things that really matter.

  4. meh

    This is late to your “musing”, but not really I guess because your daughter is still young and you have all year before next Christmas. We have pretty much followed our own parent’s example in treating Santa as a fun game at Christmas that some people choose to take very seriously. We might have a funny or gag gift from Santa under the tree. And we were always warned that because some people took Santa very seriously, we were never to spill the beans to the kids at school. But Christ was central to our celebration, the gifts we gave each other represented the grace and mercy of our Jesus in coming to give us salvation (not us being good vs. naughty), and we very much enjoyed our celebration. That being said, I know very wonderful families who did have Santa as a tradition growing up and continue it with their own children. I feel confident God will lead you in what you should do and then have you are free to have fun with whatever it is!!

  5. We follow the tradition set by my parents with regard to Santa. We do stockings and set out our children’s gifts from us with the stockings. Those are the “Santa” gifts. (My husband and I even do this for each other.) Like my parents and another of your commenters, we never went to great lengths to perpetuate the myth but now my kids are all teenagers and it is still great fun. We talk about what Santa will bring in spite of all knowing the truth. We still leave milk and cookies for him. For our family it is a tradition I don’t see falling away as they grow up. Of course “doing Santa” doesn’t mean we neglect the fact that Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, either. We simply have some serious moments and some silly, fun moments within our Christmas celebrations.

  6. spaghettipie

    Thanks to everyone for your thoughts. It’s very helpful to read about your different experiences as we figure out how to choose what traditions are right for our family.

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