Who needs Santa when you’ve got Jesus?

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Santa Claus.

He is a legend, a myth, a fable.

I hope this isn’t breaking news.

Now, when a myth is passed off as fact, it becomes something else: a lie. In many households, Santa is a lie. He’s fun, he’s jolly, he owns gravity-defying reindeer and enslaves thousands of tiny elves in his icy dungeon; he’s overweight (probably because he eats billions of cookies every Christmas), and he isn’t familiar with laws against trespassing and home invasion. He’s also a lie.

He isn’t just a “story.” Stories — fictional stories — have an ending. They are contained in books and television shows and movies. We do not weave an elaborate web of deceit to convince our children that Snow White really exists, or that Mickey is an accurate portrayal of how mice really behave. If they ask us about the geographical location of Neverland, we’ll tell them Neverland is just imaginary.

We like for our kids to have imaginations, but Santa has nothing to do with imagination. When you imagine, you conceive a thing that isn’t. With Santa, a child is simply duped into believing a thing that isn’t. Santa is a mythology that we force feed down their throats, and then go to great lengths to preserve. Again, it’s called “lying,” not “imagination building.”

Lie: a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.

He’s an entertaining, fanciful, merry ol’ lie — but he’s a lie all the same.

I’m often informed that Santa isn’t a “lie,” per se, because he’s “just for fun.”

Well, he might be, but the opposite of “lie” isn’t fun — it’s “truth.”

Is Santa true? No. Do you know he isn’t true? Yes. So what do you call it when you attempt to convince someone of an untruth? Fun? OK, but it’s a fun… what? A fun lie.

Look, my own mom and dad “did the Santa thing.” They’re great parents and fantastic people, so I’m not making any judgments about parents who “do Santa.” You could be perfectly wonderful, loving, and caring, and still participate in this holiday fraud.

But I think it might be time to reconsider the practice.

Yes, it’s a longstanding tradition, but not all traditions are worth continuing. Take, for example, Santa’s evil cousin: the Bogeyman. In many cultures, parents used to tell their kids that the Bogeyman would come to their room at night and eat them alive if they didn’t behave. Depending on the country, sometimes he would kidnap you and make you his slave, and other times he would just cannibalize you upfront. There have been many variations — and, hey, do your own thing with it, have fun — but they all shared the common “do what I say or a mythical beast will brutalize you in unspeakable ways” message.

There’s a lot that past generations got right about parenting. This isn’t one of them.

Certainly, Santa Claus is far more pleasant than the Bogeyman, but I submit that they are both relics of a time when it was acceptable to coerce your children with mystical scare tactics.

Maybe we should move on.

I don’t intend to write a lengthy refutation of every pro-Santa argument; I’m already devoting enough space as it is to this gluttonous stalker. I’d like to specifically address only one point on the Santa platform. I hear it all the time, and it goes like this: Santa makes Christmas magical. If you take Santa away from your kid, you’ve taken all the fun out of the holiday.

Please, carry on with the Kris Kringle schtick for whatever reason you like, but not this one. Any reason but this reason. Santa makes Christmas magical? SANTA?

This is what I hate about the guy. He’s a Christmas-stealing glory hog. He’s a diva; everything has to be about him, doesn’t it?

We invite Santa to Jesus Christ’s birthday party, he brings his stupid elves and a bag full of cheap toys, next thing you know it’s his party. If he leaves, apparently the party’s over. How can we have fun without magic?

Well, you know, there’s still Jesus. The Messiah. The Son of Man. Jesus Christ is better than magical. He offers something far greater than toys. He doesn’t have flying deer, but he has armies of angels. He doesn’t live in a cabin up in the North Pole, but He does live in a dimension that transcends time and space, and He invites us to join Him there in unending bliss. He doesn’t visit every house on Christmas night, but He’s always present, everywhere, all the time, because He is an omniscient deity.

In other words, Jesus is WAY cooler than Santa. This is a message that is, I think, tragically lost on many children. Let’s be honest: Christmas ain’t big enough for the both of them. Santa, the fun fictional character? Sure. Santa, the silly game of make believe? Yeah, he can join the festivities without overshadowing the Man of the Hour. But Santa, the actual real person who gives out toys made by elves? THAT Santa, being a man of considerable girth, tends to crowd Jesus out of the hearts of many kids. Yeah, Jesus is the Messiah, but Santa has TOYS. Who comes out on top in that scenario when you’re 4 years old?

Some children are so full of natural grace that even a pudgy mystical gift giver can’t distract them from Jesus. But normal kids — kids that are closer to how I was as a child — will find their allegiances split. I can’t believe that I’m the first 5 year old who impatiently sat through church on Christmas Eve, ignoring all of the stuff about nativities and wise men; entirely engrossed in visions of reindeer, elves, Santa Claus, and Game Boys (it was the 90’s, kids).

Why do we need to spruce up the Birth of God by adding some nonsense about a fat guy in a red suit? God, the Ultimate Power in the universe, sent His Son to Earth. He was conceived inside a woman’s womb and was born into this world in the same manner that all humans are born. He walked among us, performed miracles, healed the sick, raised the dead. He was murdered and then came back from the grave, and He now sits on His throne, at the right hand of God the Father. On Christmas, we celebrate His arrival, and the beginning of the epic journey that ended with Christ’s triumph over sin and death. He watches over us at all hours, every day, all year, for our whole lives, and offers us healing, comfort, and salvation. His angelic armies protect us as they battle the forces of evil, and He wants us all to join in that fight; a fight that will be won, once and for all, at the End of Time, when He returns in glory.

Now, tell me how Santa makes THAT more magical?

Santa, the Christmas Lie, is but a whimper and a sigh in the light of Jesus, the Christmas Truth. He can’t bring anything to the table that Jesus hasn’t already provided.

So do Santa if you want to do Santa, but you don’t need him to make Christmas magical.

Christmas is already more than magical — it’s supernatural.

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740 Responses to Who needs Santa when you’ve got Jesus?

  1. Jonas Calsbeek says:

    Why not consider removing the lies about Jesus and God from the home while you’re at it? You sit on your pedastal and laugh at the silly dogma of superstition while trumpeting your own superstition as a replacement. You might want to examine your own theological lack of logic before your “Santa smear campaign” continues any farther.

    • Chris says:

      Funny you say lack of logic. Tell me the logic in this. How can you explain the start of time/existance/matter? It didn’t come from nothing, and since something cannot come from nothing, please explain how we are hear? Good luck.

      Take your own advise, I’m sure he has examined the logic of his beliefs, have you?

      • Bastion says:

        1: Nobody said there WAS a “start” of time. Your own belief system already is setting limits on reality.
        2: Matter and energy are connected; Einstein already demonstrated that. Matter comes from energy, and energy comes from matter. Nobody said that there WAS a “start” to energy. Your own belief system already is setting limits on reality.
        3: “…came from nothing” I’ve seen this tired argument again and again, and it demonstrates a FUNDAMENTAL lack of scientific knowledge. Life on Earth, did NOT come from nothing. It came from elemental building blocks and energy. Matter in the universe did NOT come from nothing. It came from energy transformation — transformations that aren’t “magic” nor “miracles”. These transformations follow scientific laws that are experimentally observable.

        You want to know “how we are hear[sic]”? Our existence is due to a SYSTEM, a system that has a long history and has adjusted billions and billions of times to achieve balance. A system is complex and difficult to understand, but not impossible to understand. Aided by computers, scientists learn more and more all the time about systems.

        But just because they are difficult to understand doesn’t mean a LOGICAL, rational person gives up and says, “oh, God did it.” It doesn’t take magic or miracles to understand the cosmos and our place in it. It just requires time and a questioning mind.

        Religion is designed to kill questions. It DOES provide a story, just like Santa Claus, and adherents are expected to learn it, accept it, believe it, and never doubt it.

        And it is absolutely, tragically ironic that Matt decides to “debunk” the lie of Santa by putting forth the lie of religion. MORE stories. MORE mythology. MORE magic (ahem, I mean “miracles” — I defy you to present a LOGICAL argument that explains the difference between magic and miracle…). MORE lies.

        • Kelsey says:

          “Religion is designed to kill questions.”
          Is that why so many famous scientists were also Christian? Look through your history books. Alternately, Matt Walsh actually gave a pretty good summary of what Christianity has done for science here: http://themattwalshblog.com/2013/09/13/christianity-has-done-more-for-science-than-atheism-ever-could/

          Your comments show just as much a misunderstanding of religion as Chris’s does of quantum physics. The famed “God of the Gap” fallacy has taken over–you don’t seem to realize that one doesn’t need a gap to have a God. We can understand every aspect of the physical world and still marvel at God’s wisdom in creating a world that functions in this way. We are the result of a system, cool, great, but why is there a system at all? Doesn’t that very fact defy the second law of thermodynamics, especially if the universe has no beginning and no end and has always been either energy or matter just flying around space?

          The reason Santa is a lie but religion isn’t is simple: The difference lies in whether the person perpetuating a belief actually believes what he is saying. If I truly believed that penguins could fly, and I told you that penguins can fly, I have not lied. Maybe I told you something that was not true, but I did not lie to you because I believed it to be the truth.

    • Edik415 says:

      There is a distinction to be made between (a) believing in something that others believe to be false, and (b) deliberately passing on information as true that you know for a fact is false.

    • Annie says:

      Why are you even reading Matt’s blogs??? He is a Christian and so his blogs are for us to read to give us something to think about. You are just a whiner.

      • Jonas Calsbeek says:

        I’m someone who wasted many years of my own life reading misguided blogs such as this, and all I’m doing is speaking up when I see adults misrepresenting what we know as fact. The only real “truth” is that we don’t have evidence of anything supernatural existing at all, and people are probably going to look back one day with embarrassment over the silly things we taught our children.

      • Tyler Sheffield says:

        Jonas,
        Just as much as you can’t prove religion is true using logic, you similarly can’t prove it isn’t true using logic. It’s arrogant to say you know religion is a lie. I prefer agnostics over emotionally burned atheists that insist religion isn’t true because it didn’t work for them. It could be true, it might not be; but logically you can’t prove it. I prefer to leave room for God. It has served me well, and more importantly I think it’s true (Jesus is real and is who he said he was.) As a Neuroscientist, I study atoms, molecules, cells, and tissues. I still search for the systematic answer as to how a collection of molecules creates the phenomenon of self-awareness; yet I’m also open to the possibility that my existence and self-awareness is a miracle of God. Religion doesn’t make me lazy in my search for truth, instead it inspires me to keep on searching for more.
        Tyler Sheffield

    • JoAnn D says:

      If you really want to find the truth look up Christmas! Jesus was not even born on December 25th. There are so many versions of the bible which is man made who knows the truth? The easter bunny? The tooth fairy? Why build up a child’s dreams when he will find out the truth soon enough? Search for the truth yourself read Koran and then let’s talk. Jesus is mentioned in the Koran at great length and a great deal more then in the bible. The virgin Mary is also regarded highly in the Koran! I am a former catholic who was raised with all those fantacies of childhood. Nothing beats knowing the truth for adults as well as our children!

      • I have studied the history of the Bible, and the most amazing thing about it is how little it has changed in all the versions, interpretations, and summations that have been found to date. Just because the Koran speaks at length about Jesus does not mean it has the truth. It was written centuries after He walked the earth.

      • Jamie says:

        Incorrect JoAnn, this is from gracethrufaith: If you want to be certain that the Bible is true, study the thousands of fulfilled prophecies it contains. That’s the method of proof the Lord provided (Isaiah 46:8-10, 48:3-5, etc.).
        It’s easy to prove these things weren’t added later if you just do a little homework. For example, take the prophecies of the first coming. They’re all in the Old Testament and were part of the public record hundreds of years before the Lord was born. No other “holy” book can authenticate itself like the Bible does.

    • Graham says:

      Another thing to point out is the hypocrisy of “Christian” Santa… Santa teaches salvation (ie toys) by works. Be good, do good deeds more often than bad ones, get presents. Jesus teaches salvation by faith alone. Sola Fide.

    • Kristin says:

      @Jonas:

      We humans tend to believe things that produce results. Knowledge of math and the elements can produce some very compelling results, so we believe the theories about them. Prayer and obedience to the teachings of Jesus also produce very compelling results, but you won’t know about them unless you give them a try, because they happen on a personal, intangible level, producing feelings and knowledge that seem more real than what our 5 senses can tell us about reality. Some might call such experiences grand delusions. But, to the point of this article: parents know that Santa isn’t real, because we are the givers of the gifts, and Santa doesn’t bring us or our kids anything that didn’t show up on our bank statement. But hey, I’ll make you a deal, Jonas. When it’s all over and we’re both dead, and I was right, I’ll try to find you and introduce you to that Grand Delusion in the sky whose been behind all the “gifts” (The earth, moon, sun, stars, air, water, plants, animals, minerals, etc.)–make no mistake, here, because He ain’t no Santa–he’s the Parent, to be sure. BUT…

      If you’re right, and there IS nothing after death, I’ll find you and shake your hand to congratulate you on being righ– oh, that’s right. Never mind.

      • Patrick says:

        Heroin produces results of good feelings. Does not make it optimal.
        There have been hundreds of thousands of gods proposed over the years that produced ‘results’ of the type you’re describing. They are identical to yours, with identically fervent believers (some moreso, I would argue). Yet this does nothing to prove their veracity. This is a double standard you’re holding.

        “hehe you’re going to suffer eternal conscious torment that you will beg to be released from but will never die, only suffer eternally!” Way to make a joke of the most appalling aspect of your mythos. It’s nice to know that the results of Christianity are callous hatred and ignorance for your fellow man.

    • Chris says:

      I never understand the comment lists after these type of articles. He made some good points and I respect his right to state his opinion. It makes me think about how my kids relate to Christmas.

      Hope everybody has a great Christmas!

    • John says:

      Aliens.

  2. Erin says:

    I agree that Santa upstages Jesus far to much during Christmas and Advent. But Kris Kringle actually means Christ Child. And I feel foolish because I can’t remember what language but I believe it might be Swedish. What people should do is make the distinction between Saint Nicholas and our Lord Jesus and their roles in the advent and Christmas season. Saint Nicholas on December 6th and Christ throughout all of Advent and Christmas!

  3. Kira says:

    Ok, while Santa now-days is a myth, he is loosely based on a Christian saint, one who loved Jesus with his entire heart and being. “During the persecution of Christians by Roman Emperor Diocletian, Bishop Nicholas was exiled and imprisoned along with thousands of other Christians. Though he suffered for his faith in Jesus Christ, mercifully Nicholas survived this persecution and was eventually released.” Saint Nicholas was also a very wealthy man, his parents died when he was young, and he inhereted their fortune. He then proceeded to give it all away. He gave money to the poor, treats to the children, gave young women doweries (dowery’s?), he gave out of the goodness of his heart.. CBN.com. Now, isn’t that something Jesus taught? Do unto to others, as you would have them do unto you. Service, love, kindness. Santa is a wonderful Christmas tradition. He embodies joy. He emulates our Savior.
    Now, I was always taught as a child, that Santa loves us dearly, and the reason he loves us dearly is because Christ taught him that love. He spreads joy, he spreads laughter, he is the whimsical part of Christmas. Not the reverent part. I have two different takes on Christmas. 1) This is the time of year that we rejoice in the birth of our Savior, rejoice in the glory that God granted this Earth, his only begotten son. That is pure beauty right there! 2) This is the time of year where we give, and we laugh, and we play. Christmas is just as much a reverent time as a fun and care free (sometimes not so care-free.. Shopping, ugh) time.
    I plan on teaching my son about his older brother, Jesus. How he came to this Earth as a small babe, how he grew into a man, that died for us. He loves us so much, he gave us his all. I also plan on teaching my son that Santa is not a glory hog, or a diva. I plan on teaching him that Santa is giving to others because of his love for us and for Christ. He learned how to love and give because of the Savior. But, I also plan on telling him, that Santa is not around anymore (I’ll tell him that when he is older). I will tell him, how Jesus, and Santa helped mommy and daddy learn to give, and learn to love unconditionally (a lot of people played a role in that, but for this, I’m sticking with Santa and Jesus right now).
    Keep Christ alive in Christmas, and Santa. Santa has done nothing to steal from this season, he has just added to it.

    • Chris says:

      Soooo you plan on telling him a smaller lie? For what reason? So you think he will have more fun? To make yourself feel better that your kid is enjoying what everyone else is enjoying?

      Take it from me, who was never tought to believe in Santa, it feels good to know your parents love you and gave you gifts. Feels wonderful. And take it from my Mom, who when she found out that Santa wasn’t real, felt dumb, like everyone was making fun of her.

      • Jamie says:

        This is a perfect scenario where parents have to decide for themselves what’s the best way to handle the Santa issue. My family let me believe in Santa – and I did for even longer than some of my cousins. When I was 9 my friend’s 17 year old brother made fun of me for still believing in Santa. I thought, “He could be right. But, I don’t care, I want to still believe.” So I did for another couple Christmases. I don’t feel like I was betrayed or left to feel dumb by my family. Your mom and I just had different reactions to the similar experiences. Is it a lie? Yes, totally. I’m an adult and know that Santa isn’t real. But I like seeing him around because “Santa Clause” reminds me of many fond family memories.

        However, I can’t say I know how I will handle this with my future children, if it’s in God’s plans for me to be a mother. Part of me prefers the truth. And part of me wants to leave it open for my kids to decide to believe or not. Hmmm.

    • Jamie says:

      Did ya know, the Coco-Cola is responsible for the image we have of Santa today. Before Coke, Santa was portrayed as a thin man, usually in somewhat dirty and ragged clothing, and with a grayer and shorter beard. But Coke didn’t feel this gave the warm, jolly feeling people expect from Santa Clause, so they transformed into what we know today. Why do you think his colors are white and red? Coincidence? No, that was Coke’s design to make the association to their product.

      And thank you for your history lesson – I love learning new things and that’s a topic I’d like to dig into.

      • Bastion says:

        Boy, it must be nice to live in a “magical” world where you can just make crap up and expect followers to believe it. Coca-cola DID do a lot to promote the modern image of Santa Claus, however, they did NOT “invent” it.

        http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/12/13/a-pictorial-history-of-santa-claus/

        This is the kind of thing that happens when you base rational debate on facts rather than “fairy” books handed down millennia ago from nomadic goat herders…

      • Cindy says:

        Jamie didn’t say that Coca-Cola invented Santa Claus. And rational debate implies that you leave off the emotional name-calling. Why are non-believers so angry and hateful to others about beliefs? There’s no need for that.

    • Tom says:

      Thanks…this is the truth…no one should worship the Old Santa Guy…but St Nick was real and the Myth (as is with most myths) has a basis of Truth.

      No one is to Woship Trees or Lights or Reindeers either…but it does put a bit of Good Fun into the Most Glorious Day of the Year! and Yes I know Christ was not born on the 25th of Dec, but it is of little concern. WE celebrate His Birth (and Death) daily!

      I am with you Kira..Teach your Children Well and there will never be a Lie or a Lack of Truth…After all isn’t that what a parent is supposed to do. Sorry to say that too many Parents don’t Share any Truths or Facts today and we have ourselves a mess.

      Merry Christmas to All, and if you don’t like it I suggest that you ignore it,I promise not to protest your unbelief..

  4. Sarah says:

    I found these two web links interesting for anyone looking to learning more about how Santa became a part of the Christmas tradition and how Christmas itself has evolved from it’s original creation (changing from a morning at church and then a massive drunken party in the streets to a morning at church and then a family celebration). It sounds like the United States recreated Christmas in their vision when the settled here and that vision included Santa. We should keep in mind that God never asked us to celebrate Jesus’ birth on any given day. We, as humans, decided to do that on our own accord, just as we decided to involve Santa in that celebration and do away with the Lord of Misrule. We are lucky in that we can make Christmas what we want it to be for our familes.

    http://www.history.com/topics/christmas

    http://www.history.com/topics/santa-claus?cmpid=INT_Outbrain_Topics_HIS&obref=obinsite

  5. mandy says:

    Love this. As a believer I can appreciate every word. Jesus Christ should be the center of the season. Well written, thanks for sharing!

  6. Charice says:

    I have to say that since we have removed both Jesus and Santa from Christmas, I feel an immense weight off my shoulders. We have chosen to tell our kids that Christians celebrate Christmas as Jesus birthday, even though it actually isn’t. And that Christian and non-Christian people choose to celebrate Santa Claus, with a few even celebrating with the story of Saint Nicholas. I no longer feel any pressure to keep up a ruse for our children and pretend that Santa is real. As a child, I remember being so let down that I had been lied to by my own parents. It wasn’t the first time, but it was a big ongoing lie that kept being stretched out year after year. I was even more let down that Christians chose to deceive their own children by telling them Jesus was born on Christmas Day. Obviously, with just a little effort one can google the believed season when Jesus was born and many believe it was in fact Spring. I don’t believe based on the honorable descriptions of both Saint Nicholas or Christ, that either would want their birth to be a day of worship. The roots of Christmas unfortunately stem from Catholics attempting to convince pagans that they could be both pagan and Christian at the same time. Pagans celebrated Saturnalia which was a week long event where they kidnapped innocent people that were then forced to become drunk, eat human shaped biscuits, participate in rape and sexual acts and then on December 25th, they were murdered. On top of this, Catholics took advantage of Jews on December 25th and began to see to it that they were humiliated, beat, raped, tortured and murdered. We plan on celebrating December 25th as a day of blessings, giving and family togetherness. A rare opportunity when daddy will have time off work and relatives come down to visit. We plan on incorporating both the story of Christ and his crucifixion as well as who and what Saint Nicholas did. We have continuously explained to the children that it’s important not to ruin other children’s belief of Santa or Jesus birthday even though they know themselves know the truth. It’s our belief that each family celebrate Christmas with their own conviction and belief.

    • Edik415 says:

      Even after two days of reading these comments, I still can’t understand why the “Jesus wasn’t born on Dec. 25th, so there” thing is even an argument. Yes, the early church got the date wrong, and probably did so out of a deliberate effort to convert pagans to Christianity. Today, I think it’s pretty commonly accepted by most Christians that the date is wrong, but, since we don’t know the actual date (those old calendars are pretty tricky things…), we still use it as a date to celebrate a major event in Christian history.

      • Kelsey says:

        Good point. Not to mention that if Jesus was in fact born in the springtime, it would be pretty awkward to celebrate His birth during Lent when we’re supposed to be contemplating His suffering. Maybe the liturgical year was arranged around pagan holidays, but it was ALSO arranged in such a way that Christians can give the major events of their faith and history the time and attention those events deserve.

      • CDY says:

        Thank you for binging up this point. Just because we celebrate Jesus birth on Dec. 25th doesn’t mean we are lying to our children.

      • akemi928 says:

        The church never got the date wrong. They aligned it with an already existing Pagan holiday (funny how Christ was born sooooooooo close to the Winter Solstice) to make it easier to convert them.

    • Jamie says:

      Christmas was not derived by overtaking pagan worship. Christmas was celebrated before pagans worshiped the sun. The date came about more because of the complicated Jewish lunar calendar. We studied the Festival of Lights this year and learned more about the origin of Christmas than I ever would have expected too. And it is not common to believe Jesus was born in spring, but in the fall. Its possible the conception took place in December, John the Baptist was 6 months older and born in spring. The take away here is if God felt it important to know, He would have put it in the Bible.

  7. Nathan Godsey says:

    I don’t often comment, but I’m going to on this article. Here’s what I wrote in response to a Facebook friend’s posting of this post:

    “I call baloney on this one.

    I love a lot of what Matt Walsh writes. But I remember when he wrote about the Miley Cyrus controversy, he said this:

    “Dear son,

    Don’t let Robin Thicke be a lesson to you.

    Don’t let any of these pigs and perverts you see on TV be a lesson to you.”

    I thought to myself, “Jesus wouldn’t teach his children that way. He wouldn’t speak that way. He would address peoples’ sin without demeaning the sinners themselves. Because he loves us. And because ALL have sinned and fallen short, despite Matt Walsh’s superficial distinctions between himself and those he deems pigs and perverts.”

    I realized then that Matt Walsh makes a living by sharing his very strong opinions (many of which I agree with and enjoy) through his talk show and blog. And at a certain point, that can get you into trouble.

    So when this 27-year old tells parents everywhere that they are “lying” to their kids by fostering the imaginative fantasy of Santa Claus, I call baloney on this talented but fallible young man.

    In our house, we celebrate Santa Claus. In our house, Santa works for Jesus. Santa is an expression of Matthew 7:11:

    “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”

    We live in a world that is incredibly pagan, reveling in dishonor and wickedness. Many of our cultural stories, myths, and legends are diametrically opposed to the reality of Jesus. And as Believers, our lives are full of pursuits which are less than ideal, and which create tension in us–“how can I honor Christ while working in this fallen job, conversing with this fallen person, taking in this fallen entertainment, letting my children play with these unbelieving neighbors, etc.?”

    Given these realities, Santa Claus is a benign myth who can easily be presented to children within an overall narrative of Christmas as a time to glorify Jesus in the context of celebrating his birth. I do believe that our family can give Jesus all of the glory during the Christmas season (that pagan holiday which doesn’t actually represent Jesus’ true birthday!) while fostering imaginative belief in Santa.

    Let’s take Matt Walsh’s stance to its logical conclusion: parents had better be ready to tell their children the specifics of human reproduction when their toddlers ask, “Mommy and Daddy, where do babies come from?” We’d be “lying” if we told them that babies come from Mommy and Daddy’s “love” for each other, right? How about when our children ask us about the world? We’d better be ready to tell them all about the genocide, murder, greed, and wickedness that dominate our planet. Not to do so would be “lying.” How sad to rob our children of their innocence because of a misconceived idea of “lying.”

    I think Matt Walsh would respond to these points by saying that there’s a difference between not telling all of a hard truth (i.e., not telling kids all the details of human reproduction), and actually fostering something that is entirely untrue (Santa Claus). And that’s a legitimate argument. But I would respond by saying that GENERALLY speaking, all fiction, imagination, and fantasy are based in “untruths.” As such, to value enjoy those gifts, which I believe God has given us, we have to entertain ideas and depictions which aren’t “true.” We do this because God’s gift of imagination is a source of blessing, being part of our creative abilities, which come from being made in His image. SPECIFICALLY speaking, with regard to Santa Claus, the “untruth” of the story is worthwhile because Santa Claus is a man who delights in giving gifts to children, and who promotes good behavior. My childrens’ anticipation at his arrival is beautiful, fostering delight and imagination in our home. And you know what? When my kids get a bit older, they’ll understand that Santa Claus isn’t real. And somehow, I think they won’t be scarred by having believed in him during their years of imagination and wonder.”

    • Dorothy says:

      Such a well-thought-out comment. Thank you! Although, you could argue that Santa is not an untruth. He lived hundreds of years ago and was named Saint Nicolas. No, he doesn’t still live today, except in our hearts, but it does make him part true, not a complete lie.

    • Katie says:

      Well said, thank you!

    • Midgie Bardo says:

      God Bless you and Bravo, Nathan!! Yours is one of the most thoughtful, well thought out responses to this blog that I’ve seen (much better than my first knee-jerk response on Facebook, I’m ashamed to say, when I was a bit blind-sided and hurt by being condescendingly labelled a liar). I’ve seen so much name-calling and thinly veiled venom directed back and forth here, it makes me sad. One person asked a non-Christian what they were even doing reading this blog – it’s for believers only, then called them a whiner. I would think some non-believers might read blogs by believers to check out what we’re thinking, what we believe, and how we really treat one another. You know – if this “love one another” thing really holds up. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to much anymore, especially at Christmas. Heaven help the person who wishes us “Happy Holidays”. They’ll get their head snipped off, and be informed firmly that it’s “Merry Christmas!” – other peoples “Holy-days”, like Hanukkah, don’t matter to us. Sigh. I guess it’s living with my adult children, who have walked away from the faith, and who I pray for constantly; but I look at things from both sides. I try to see things from the “they’ll know we are Christians by our love” angle. What will draw our loved ones, and other non-believers to Christ? How do we show His Incredible story of Grace – the song the Angel sang – of Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men? What did Jesus say were the two most important commandments? Love the Lord Your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.

    • Jamie says:

      Compelling and a well-thought out perspective for Santa Clause. Thank you for the share. This triggered some thoughts for me – if Matt Walsh is to ban the Santa “lie” in his home, does he also intend to ban the Disney version of known fairy tales? Because the true fables and tales of those stories are quite grim and violent. Since Matt always demands consistency, I would be interested in reading what he thinks about these “fairy” tales.

      Hmmm

      • Dyanna says:

        There’s a difference between reading and telling fairy tales as fairy tales and talking about Santa as if he’s real. My 2.5 year old already understands when something is a fictional story or truth (well, sort of), but if I told her that Santa was real, she would believe me. There’s nothing wrong with the fictional story of Santa, as long as it remains a fictional story. That’s the major difference between deceiving children about Santa and sharing fictional stories with them.

      • Jamie says:

        Dyanna, I guess I can’t replay directly to your response, so:

        I hear where you’re coming from. And my response wasn’t a nasty in-your-face challenge to our blogger. It was just an interesting angle that I’d enjoy reading him write about. I don’t have children yet so this dicussion gives me a lot to think about. Anyway, thank you for your input and making the distinction.

  8. Jocelyn says:

    Thank you for your thoughts on Santa. I purposefully gave Santa less room the day my son, who had just figured out that Santa isn’t real, said to me, “So, if Santa isn’t real, does that mean Jesus is just made up, too?” Wow. That hit me like a ton of bricks. It took a serious conversation to convince him that even though these two men, who both are celebrated at Christmas, and he has never seen either of them, but they both supposedly do things for him because they love him, are very, very different. It is difficult for a little mind to understand that one is real, while the other is fake, especially when they are so entwined in that little mind.
    I haven’t taken Santa out of Christmas completely (although maybe I should), but his place is a MUCH smaller one now, I almost never talk about him, and instead make sure the focus is on Jesus, and the amazing life he lived, the miracles he performed, and the gifts he has given us.

    • Bastion says:

      Exactly. That “ton of bricks” should have made it clear to you. As they say, the wisdom out of the mouths of babes. Jesus IS as much a fairy tale as Santa. That SHOULD have shaken your faith and caused you to realize the LIE you have been living.
      Yes, a child doesn’t “know” as much as an adult. However, a child also hasn’t been taught as many lies as an adult that were wrapped in truth. A child also hasn’t been taught to stop asking questions. You want miracles and magic? Engage the curiosity of a child — THAT is a magical thing!

    • C says:

      That was our dilemma when we had our firstborn, if we fill her head with nonsensical stories of Santa, the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny, how is she supposed to believe the truth in the ridiculously amazing accounts of Jesus’ ministry, Jonah or Moses and the Red Sea?

      • Kay says:

        Frankly.. I think both subjects are just as much a work of fiction as the other. The stories in the bibles are wildly unrealistic. You as a parents are just picking what lies and stories you feel are actually the truth, and what ones you personally feel are little lies.. when in all reality. All of it are just stories and tales written about by humans in books.

  9. Just shared this on my FB page with the following: “I’m at a crossroads with this one. We’ve never really pushed Santa on our kids or told them “Santa’s watching, so be good!” I agree with his points, but, I kind of like Santa too. What do you guys do?”

    We have four kids five and under and we definitely emphasize that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday and that’s why we celebrate. But I’m still not sure how to broach the topic of Santa–real or fake? What about the other kids in my son’s class? What will they think when he tells THEM the truth?

    • C says:

      We haven’t addressed the whole Santa thing yet. My kids haven’t asked about his role at Christmas, they just think he’s a fun character they see at Christmas. Hopefully, you can just remain on that road for a while. Once our children do ask, we will just tell them that some people like to celebrate with Santa instead–but that could just be the very tip of that ice berg of questions.

      We have a good friend who is co-parenting his child with his ex-wife. His child lives with his mom and her boyfriend half of the time and they push Santa. The child lives with his dad the other half and he pushes the truth. The child doesn’t understand why an adult would lie, why they said Santa was real and why the dad says Santa isn’t real. One day the dad said “Do you want the truth or fantasy?” Intelligently labelling Santa as the fantasy forever, he lets his child choose which avenue he wants to go down at that time and lets him indulge in the fantasy when he wants.

  10. Dayna says:

    Thanks for your words. We chose not to have Santa Claus absorb and steal the show during this season. My 3 and 5 year old have been told the truth, but sometimes it’s challenging in a community and extended family that screams “Santa!” In all their activities. My kids are forced to be hush hush about the truth, so the lies of the parents can be validated and continued; and I don’t like that! How would you handle that?

  11. Jason Cassidy says:

    If we were to rename the holiday ‘Giftmas’ and totally remove Christ from this equation, and just celebrate it as a time of love for family and friends, would that make it better? After all, there is no documented proof anywhere that Dec 25 is in fact Christ’s Birthday, so why not just remove all religious ties and just celebrate a holiday based on love for family and friends?

    • Kelsey says:

      Actually, I’m a fan of that plan. Let me have my Christmas, which is a celebration of Christ, and let the secular families celebrate their Giftmas. It would stop the erosion of the meaning of the word “Christmas” (originally Christ’s Mass; you can hardly get any more religious than that) and maybe help bring the focus back to Christ for those who want it there.

  12. Dorothy says:

    “Santa” is real. His name was Saint Nicolas, and he still lives in the way we give to each other today. He is invited to Jesus’ party because he is an advocate of everything Jesus stands for. Can we focus more on Jesus? Of course. But you don’t need to attack something good in order to spread the joy of something else. It’s counterproductive.

    • Tony says:

      What an insult to the holy bishop of Myra that you would equate him to the fat magical elf of modern Western secular culture, or equate his saving the marriages of three young women to the wretched display of consumerism that dares to call itself a “season of giving”.

      • Dorothy says:

        I don’t think it’s an insult at all, and I didn’t say anything about consumerism. I give gifts that are bought or homemade depending on what I feel is perfect for the person I’m giving to, not simply the most expensive thing on the market. Baking homemade cookies for a hack in the kitchen. Knitting a scarf for an aunt up north. Buying an icer for the little girl who likes to decorate cookies. That’s not consumerism. That’s giving from the heart.

      • Tony says:

        Good on you, but that’s not Santa.

      • Dorothy says:

        Santa is what we make him, so yes, that is Santa.

        • Tony says:

          Sorry, but you can’t fight the machine. Santa is a massive societal construct. The thousands of Santas in malls and in commercials and in ads are simply not what you are claiming “he is to you” or what you want him to be.

      • Dorothy says:

        Not in ads, no. But in movies and spirit and people’s hearts, he is. We can let manufacturers and big business ruin a good thing, or we can make of it what is should be.

  13. So why not get rid of the gifts as well. I don’t recall the Wise Men bringing toys to the Christ Child much less the thousands of other extravagant other things we tend to give one another. The gifts that they gave were items of necessity if I understand the gifts and times. We have always had santa at our house, I grew up with it as did my kids and they never told me when they found out that they felt lied to or that I shoved it down their throat. It is something fun and magical and childish that creates a mystical feeling for kids while they are kids. I still like the magical feeling that Christmas brings because of that and by the was santa is real….he’s you and me and every other parent that carries on the “fun” for their kids. Jesus is the real reason for the season but why can we celebrate both? I have two grown children both of whom are married and santa still comes to my house….It’s a choice that as parents we have to make but until a few years ago I really didn’t realize that so many people don’t enjoy. Please don’t be so critical of those of us who don’t seem to share your opinions…we are entitled to our own after all.

  14. Ann says:

    Yes, yes, yes!!! Thank you so much for this blog or post or article whatever it’s called. You are so spot on, and I have gotten so much flack for telling our kids Santa isn’t real. I never dreamed that it was so important to people. I mean, come on, he’s fake — really, really fake — and he isn’t the focus of Christmas. We never “did Santa” as kids for exactly that reason — our parents didn’t want to lie to us. What’s the point? And how can you lie to your kids about Santa, the Easter bunny, the Tooth Fairy, all those things, and then expect them to take it when you tell them it’s not okay to lie? And for that matter, what about Jesus? Santa and all them are fake, what’s different about Jesus? We always have a birthday cake for Jesus, a tradition I love and we now do with our kids. Last year we went to the in-laws for Christmas and my Father-in-law actually told my husband it wasn’t worth us staying for Christmas because our daughter (then 3) knew he wasn’t real, and also accused me of “taking away her childhood” (she had asked, by the way, if the Santa we saw was a man in a costume). Not that we ever got along in the first place, but if it hadn’t been for the fact that we like my mother-in-law, we would have high-tailed it right out of there and left all the gifts from “Santa” wherever the in-laws had hidden them. It’s nice to know that there’s at least someone else out there who has the same viewpoint. Thank you SO MUCH!!

  15. Ruth says:

    THANK YOU for this post! I absolutely agree with everything you say. I have always taught my kids the true meaning of CHRISTmas and from the start told them Santa was not real. They haven’t been emotionally damaged or missed out on anything in their Christmas celebration. I didn’t believe in Santa growing up either, and somehow I turned out okay, too. I believe it enriches the Christmas celebration to keep the focus where it belongs. Gutsy article to post, considering the fact that there are probably quite a few who vehemently disagree with you. Well written and thought out. I’ve read a few of your posts before and enjoyed them, but this one is by far my favorite. Again, thank you, and I look forward to following your blog in the future!

  16. Ashley says:

    THANK YOU for saying what I have been trying to say better than I could have said it.

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  19. proud2begeeky says:

    The best reason I’ve ever heard not to “do” the Santa thing is from here (not my blog, by the way):
    http://journeytocrunchville.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/the-cats-out-of-the-bag/

    This morning Camden and I were enjoying our breakfast of grits when she came out of left field with the following inquisition at nearly 4 years of age:
    Cami: “Santa isn’t real is he? He’s just pretend, right?”
    Me: “What do you think?”
    Cami: “I think he is pretend.”
    Me: Knowing good and well that my husband would not be happy with my honesty I answered her truthfully anyway. “You’re right. Santa is just pretend. Lots of people like to pretend that Santa exists because it makes them feel good and they have fun pretending he is real.” And just because I was curious I asked, “What makes you think Santa is pretend?”
    Cami: “Because Santa is just pretend. He is not real. Santa is pretend like Jesus is pretend.”

    And of course she followed by telling her daughter that Jesus is definitely not pretend, but I don’t ever want to be caught like that with my metaphorical pants down explaining that of two semi-magical men who are effectively immortal, who nobody alive has ever seen, and whom her parents have been telling her about all her life, one is complete hogswash and the other is the Realest person ever to exist. Better, as Matt said, to keep Santa in the world of stories and pretend from the start.

    • Kelsey says:

      Another commenter said she teaches her children, once they are old enough, that anyone can be Santa by giving gifts anonymously. She uses it to foster a sense of generosity and kindness in her children. I just realized reading your comment that this is similar to how we are all the Body of Christ. We are His hands and feet, and we do His work when we do good deeds.

      But since that line of thinking actually makes Jesus and Santa MORE similar, I have no idea whether it helps or hurts…

  20. Stacy says:

    I actually know of someone who went so far as to put footprints through her house so that her daughter (in the 4th grade) would continue to believe. Now, as my husband and I were explaining the Santa situation to our children when they were younger, we had one child who firmly wanted to believe anyway. They went to parochial school. We had told them how Santa came about and that he does not exist. Well, the pastor leading chapel that day asked for prayer requests and our kid shoots his hand in the air and says, “SANTA’s DEAD!” I figured they would kick us out of the school…
    We never gave a gift “from” Santa and yet, our children still saw Santa all around them. It is up to us as parents to make the difference in the emphasis of Christmas because in our very consumer driven world, it is easy to get a completely different message.

  21. Doug C. says:

    If there is no God (and therefore no Jesus), then who do atheist have to be athesitic about? Think about that.

    • Jonas C. says:

      The only reason most atheists exist (or label themselves) in America is to stand up for the ones who are pushed to the outside of society by the church. When religion goes back to being a personal belief rather than a standard for policy making, you’ll see a whole lot less need for anyone to announce that they don’t believe. Let’s not forget that even Christians are atheists in respect to Zeus; Zeus doesn’t therefore exist because you don’t believe in him, your logic is miscalculated.

  22. Amy says:

    Thank you for the good post. I haven’t pushed the Santa lie to my children, and feel like lying to my children would make them question my other beliefs, especially Jesus. I find it interesting that these unbelievers are so offended by a belief that ‘isn’t true’. If there was no truth, there would be no emotional response. If someone tells me I am going to be sucked up by aliens tomorrow, I would say ‘whatever’, and maybe laugh a bit, yet the Truth of God’s word is powerful and it is hard to laugh off when deep inside our being, we know it is Truth. It creates rage, because the devil is still running free and rages at the thought of losing ground.

    • Ruth says:

      Amen, Amy! I have long felt the same way. Thank you for stating this so eloquently. God bless you this CHRISTmas and always!

  23. Heavy Handed says:

    I think if all Christian parents were as enthusiastic about Jesus with their kids as some are about santa and the easter bunny and so forth the end result would be more kids loving them some Son of God.

  24. George says:

    This is such a ridiculous post. “I hear it all the time, and it goes like this: Santa makes Christmas magical. If you take Santa away from your kid, you’ve taken all the fun out of the holiday.”

    Seriously, who goes around saying that? Have you ever heard anyone say that out loud?

    The last two lines actually redeem the blogger: “So do Santa if you want to do Santa, but you don’t need him to make Christmas magical.

    Christmas is already more than magical — it’s supernatural.”

    That I can get behind, but it feels like Matt feels the need to say these wild statements to get readers. Santa is a “lie”—I guess by the strict definition, Santa is, in fact, a lie. That said, so what? I was raised in a family that somehow was able to instill the magic of the real reason for Christmas and also have Santa play a part as well. Is that so difficult? Does it have to be one or the other? Heck, Matt’s parents didn’t think so. I know parents who don’t want to “lie” to their kid about anything, and, to be honest, they tend to have some messed up kids who know probably a little more than they should at their age. It’s a very fine line, and I strive to be honest with my child, but there is a responsibility as a parent to do what you feel is in their best interest. Sometimes it involves maybe a little diversion from the truth.

    These posts get more and more ridiculous as he gets more and more viewers. I guess it just isn’t all that interesting for him to say that Santa isn’t the reason for the season. It has to be presented in some confrontational manner to get readers.

    • Dorothy says:

      I agree. Santa and Jesus worked together in my house, and when I finally discovered the truth about Santa, my mother told me about how real Santa is, that he existed years and years ago by the name Saint Nicolas. He was a vessel of God’s will and he lives on in our hearts.

  25. Rachael says:

    I don’t like Santa, but I also don’t like alienating myself from society. I’m a Mormon homeschooler, so 99% people view me as crazy already. I hate to go completely off the reservation if I can at all help it.

    I teach my kids, as early as they can understand (age 7 or so) that Santa is a symbol. Santa is what we call anyone who give gifts without getting caught. Just like Mr. Nobody always breaks things around our house, Santa gives gifts anonymously. This has worked well for us. Once I explain the meaning of “Santa,” then I also explain that the best part of Christmas is BEING Santa. So we change the focus of Christmas from getting to giving at an early age. We get to be Santa when we leave cookies on the neighbor’s front porch, when we give gifts to needy kids, etc. Of course, then Santa becomes another name for Jesus’ helper/disciple and we are all needed in that work.

    • Kelsey says:

      I LOVE that approach to Santa!! What a great way to encourage imagination and creativity, emphasize generosity, AND keep the “reason for the season” front and center! Brilliant.

    • Dorothy says:

      That’s pretty beautiful and not unlike what my mom told me when I found out. Santa is real. He lives in our hearts when we give selflessly of ourselves in Jesus’s name.

  26. Kelly says:

    Santa is one of those parenting things that make me say “Do whatever works for you and your family.” I am a 38yr-old mother of 3…15, 8 and 8. The 8yr-olds no longer believe in “Santa.” I now tell them they are holders of the “secret”….in order to get their gifts they need to let little kids still believe. I wish I could say my kids are perfect little gracious angels, but presents are the main reason for the season, no matter how much I talk/sing about Jesus. Their school always sponsors a family in need, and we are preparing their gifts. Thankfully we have never been a “family in need” so I will remind them of when they were little and received their Santa gifts…how did that make them feel…receiving gifts from someone they really didn’t know. This is a real thing….giving gifts to people we don’t know and not getting anything in return. That is was Saint Nick did, and he did it because he was a follower of Jesus Christ.

  27. Fulya says:

    No one here mentions that St. Nicholas did exist and was born/originated in Turkey. He is appreciated for being a caring and giving person, especially towards children. And, what is wrong in believing in Santa or Jesus or Buddha or that we evolved from apes! Who really cares what others believe in. We are all just trying to survive here and whatever belief gets us through life, that’s all that matters! No need to get all philosophical, because the arguments will never end! Just agree to disagree!

    • Tony says:

      “No one here mentions….” I will bet that there are at least 50 comments mentioning that fact, which is universal knowledge anyway, and also irrelevant information because St. Nicholas has nothing in common with Santa except etymology.

    • Kelsey says:

      Actually, about fifteen different commenters have pointed that out. They all seem to overlook the fact that the historical St Nicholas did not ride a flying sleigh pulled by reindeer, one with a glowing red nose; live at the North Pole; manufacture toys with the help of his elves; keep a list of which children were “naughty” and which were “nice;” sneak into children’s houses via the chimney; or eat inordinate amounts of sweets on Christmas Eve every year. THESE are the aspects of Santa’s story that make it a lie, and none of them bear any relation to what St Nicholas was really like.

  28. Paul says:

    I was raised without the myth of Santa and I have no complaints. My gifts came from parents and other family and friends and I was fine with that. Jesus was the focus of my upbringing and my life was not ruined. And I got to be the kid who brought the truth to the other kids all of whom had to ultimately admit that I knew the truth. I still believe in Christ. I’ll take my chances that my parents told me the truth on that one. One day we’ll all know the truth wanna bet I’m right again. It’s only your soul after all. Myth or truth I’ll believe on the one that actually existed and who changed existence for all time

    • Dorothy says:

      I don’t find it wrong for parents to raise kids without Santa Clause, but I have a problem with those who would ruin it for others. To each their own, and it wasn’t your job to “bring truth” to others.

  29. Jennie says:

    I really enjoy reading your posts! We don’t do Santa in our house…I’m just as guilty as many with glorifying the gifts but God is pursuing me to change my heart and my children’s. Good read…my Mom always said, if I lied to you about Santa…would you believe me about God?

  30. Fulya says:

    Actually, not EVERYONE knows that there was a St. Nicholas. Especially kids and many Americans who are geographically/historically challenged. Many parts of the world spun off of the original St. Nicholas and try to keep the spirit & magic alive with a myth. It is all for fun! It shouldn’t even be debatable. Different strokes for different folks. If we keep everything straight and truthful, what a boring world this would be! When the time is right, you should tell your child the truth (like I did this year and he is 9). I don’t think it’s going to make/or break who he is going to be as an adolescent. And, now that he knows…he is enjoying knowing the secret and making it fun for his little brother. At the same time, my kids believe in God and pray every night! If you educate/teach your kids properly, they will get what’s valuable in life, what’s real, what’s fake, what kind of things are ok if they’re not real (e.g Santa, Easter Bunny, etc) what’s sad, what’s fun, what’s ok and what is NOT! That’s what makes the world go round! We can’t all think and be the same way!

  31. Ashtaroth says:

    My immediate follow up upon finding out that Santa wasn’t real at 8 years old was “Well, is God real?”

    “Oh, of course He is!”

    Took me another 17 years and an education that actually encouraged critical thinking to determine that he was just another fairy tale perpetuated by authority figures. I seriously don’t understand how any full grown educated adult could believe in Bible stories for long – they are every bit as whack as Santa Claus.

    Millions of elves. Millions of angels (who also most sane people never see).

    Deliverance of presents to millions of people 1 night a years. Millions of prayers personally listened to and answered “in mysterious ways” EVERY night, 365 days a year.

    At least kids have actually SEEN Santa Claus, unlike the Invisible Man in the Sky. All scientifically unexplainable “miracles” for some reason ceased to occur after the invention of the camera. You don’t have to be insane to believe in Santa Claus, but Christianity is certainly mass hysteria.

    Must be a lot of compartmentalizing going on there or massive cognitive dissonance.

    • Elise says:

      Well, your insightful and respectful commentary has certainly given me pause. Let me carefully reflect on the opinion of someone with the screen name “Ashtaroth” who equates belief in God with mental illness.
      Ah yes! You have opened my eyes. My eyes which are complex components of the equally complex (yet utterly un-designed) machine that is my body, which randomly evolved from some unicellular organism, which spontaneously came into being as a result of a happy accidental meeting of certain inorganic materials and… lightning… or something. I was blind but now I see! I am a Born-again Disbeliever!! Thank Go…. uhh. Thank Pure Dumb Luck!
      In commemoration of this occasion, I will now compose a Hymn to Atheism.
      O Pure Dumb Luck…When I in awesome wonder… Consider all… The worlds that Random Chance… Hath wrought from naught… And set in perfect order… How great thou art, O Lucky Happenstance…

      • Ashtaroth says:

        “Ashtaroth” is just a fun bit of irony. Any opposing viewpoint is obviously of the devil in some way, right? Glad you’ve read enough of your Bible to notice.

        “Intelligent design” is just an acknowledgment that the Bible’s depiction of creation is rather ridiculous. So, we better come up with something a bit more plausible-sounding, even though it still boils down to “God did it.” Why bother. Don’t try to mix pseudo-science with religion. If you need it, it’s going to fall apart like a house of cards eventually, because it’s just going to keep getting debunked (which it has).

        Look, if singing Christmas carols give you the warm and fuzzies, be all means. I’m not going to walk by and boo you. They’re beautiful songs. I too put the pagan remnant “Christmas Tree” up and put presents under it. I always will, because it’s a fun tradition. I see no harm in it.

      • Elise says:

        When through the woods… and forest glades I wander… and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees… When I look down… from lofty mountain grandeur… How lucky Luck Created all of these…

        And when I think… With the grey fatty organ… inside my head… I scarce can think it through…That were it not… for Chance’s intervention… I’d be a blob… of primordial goo…

        Then sings my… mouth…O Pure Dumb Luck to thee…
        How great thou art…How very smart,
        O Pure Dumb Luck, that thou must have to be…
        The cosmos thine own work of art…

    • Dorothy says:

      The difference between you and me is not in our beliefs. It’s in the way we treat the beliefs of others. I respect your choice to see the world only for what you can see and touch. You laugh at my choice to have faith in a beautiful, intangible divinity. Perhaps I see what you cannot because you’ve closed your mind, instead of opened it like you think.

      • Ashtaroth says:

        I spent approximately the first 25 years of my life a devout Christian. My mind is as open as can be. I’m not afraid to go to some Christian website and read every thing there, am I? I’ve read the bible from cover to cover, have you? Have you read a book by any prominent atheist? I would be willing to bet that you haven’t read the Old Testament with any depth, and I’m surprised it’s even included anymore, since there’s a prevailing attitude that Jesus pretty much replaced everything, right?

        Yup, ignore everything in the Old Testament, except of course, the 10 commandments, The ones which are hardly much more than common sense. Many of which most countries already have laws for. Oh, I SHOULDN’T go out and kill someone? I SHOULDN’T steal? I SHOULDN’T lie? I SHOULDN’T break agreements I’ve made by virtue of getting married by sleeping with other people? I SHOULDN’T honor people that loved me, fed me, clothed me, and provided me shelter for 18 years? Gee, thanks for the pro tips, I don’t know what I would have done without them. o_O.

        I encourage you not to read not to read the Old Testament, because there’s some tales in there that make children’s books look downright plausible, some rather childish (and immoral) behavior from a supposedly loving God. Some truly awful laws. Actually, reading it was part my “downfall” as you would call it (not Santa), because I was shocked at how utterly nonsensical it was. Not surprising, since it was written by bronze-age desert dwellers.

  32. John says:

    Jesus promised he would return during their time.
    That was almost 2000 years ago,”
    Santa comes back every year,
    (sticks tongue out)

  33. Kristin says:

    To Matt,

    Thank you for this post. It makes me wonder what Christ Himself thinks of Christmas (to all you Christians reading. Please, for those who do not believe in the Divine Christ, just ignore my comments as mere delusional tomfoolery).

    I believe (as I think all Christians do) that Christ wants us to remember Him ALL year long, and to live His word, ALL year long, so what can Christians do about that as it pertains to Christmas? I think something about this season makes us more bold to share our beliefs. It’s like the one time a year when we get to say, “God bless you and Merry Christmas, and I love Jesus!” without feeling censured by the culture. The truth is, we shouldn’t ever be unwilling to declare that, at any time of year, no matter how or if we are censured.

    I am going to do some thinking about how I approach Christmas, and what I am teaching my family and myself through how I observe it. Also, what I can do during the entire year to really “be” a Christian, and not just more so at Christmastime.

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  35. KYoder says:

    I enjoyed reading this blog post and appreciate many of the points made in it. I have much respect for Matt and his points of view and logical thinking. As a young zealot before I had my children, I had already decided I would not do the Santa thing in my home as I felt like it would take away from God’s glory. After having them and having conversations with other Christian parents over this issue who had already been there and made decisions about how they would celebrate Christmas, I decided the Santa issue was not as big of a deal as I had made it out to be. And as I have grown more in the faith I have realized that it is the things that seem godly, but are not, that are far more dangerous to us as Christians than the things that are obviously secular. The issue for me is not so much about how we celebrate this holiday that comes once a year, but how we live our lives all year long in continued prayer and study of His word to transform our minds. My children know who God is and who they are because of the work that we go to nearly every night to memorize scripture, catechism questions and pray. They know that God alone is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. They understand even as very young children that there is a great difference between this God we speak of often, pray to often and who knows every move they make, sinful or otherwise and loves them anyway because their sins have been paid for and has promised to change them and save them if they believe…. and this Santa character, who brings them presents once a year. Santa is not a life changer. Santa cannot make you right with the God before whom you stand guilty. Santa cannot take away the guilt that proves to every soul the presence of sin. Santa cannot fill the void that only Christ can fill. Of course Santa doesn’t compare. Of course he is not nearly as cool as Jesus! But doesn’t that statement kind of cheapen the great difference that exists? It is not even like comparing oranges and apples. It is like comparing starvation and an all-you-can-eat buffet! And so for this short time we have with them as sweetly naive babies that will believe anything we tell them, including this nonsensically fun story about a jolly fat man that brings them gifts through our vent on top of the roof (we do not have a chimney), we will carefully and thoughtfully enjoy their silly imaginations that God has blessed them with as they envision the fun gifts that will magically arrive under the tree and all the speculation about how Santa can possibly pull off this seemingly impossible workload in one night. It is make believe and in a few short years, it will be obviously realized. But the TRUTH that we have been working to instill in them since their infancy about the love their Savior has for them and the promises he will fulfill in their lives will not return void and we pray diligently that by the work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts, He will produce true faith from the seeds that we have planted. What we don’t do, is never attribute to Santa the characteristics that belong to God alone and never encourage the speculation towards God and his abilities that we allow with Santa, concerning His word, creation and so forth. What we do do, is focus, read and reflect the Christmas story often at this time of year and talk about how it affected the world by Christ’s eventual death and resurrection more than anything ever has, ever will or ever could. I have mixed feelings about the “Keeping Christ in Christmas” mantra that has been so popular for the last decade. On the one hand, I am glad that this message seems to get more attention than the opposite view. But, on the other hand, as I watch my Christian friends and pagan friends alike strew this message across their face book pages, it causes me to wonder if this very tame and obvious message is just another ploy of the enemy to keep people enslaved to their sinful bondage to him as they turn in vain once a year to pay alms to the God who sent his son as a baby to earth to help a messed up world and show us how we ought to live, instead of turning in true repentance once and for all to the God who actually changed the world in His son’s life, death, and resurrection, and how the promise of salvation and a changed life is held out to all who will repent and believe in Christ.

    • Tony says:

      tl;dr

      Care to address Matt’s central thesis? Because you didn’t.

      • Elise says:

        How do you know if you didn’t read it?
        Oh… I get it. You were just trying to be a cocky jerk. Well done.

    • Tony says:

      On second thought, I guess you did. You admitted that your “sweetly naive babies will believe anything you tell them”, and so you force feed this societal lie into their naive brains and call it “imagination”. Come on.

  36. Melissa says:

    Amen! In our family we do not include santa in our Christmas celebration for this exact reason….we don’t lie to our kids. We have 7 kids, the oldest being 9 and they do not feel gypped in any way. They love Christmas and look forward to the traditions we have. The birth of Christ is magic enough for them. I have lots of friends, who are also Christians, who include Santa and that’s fine if that is how they want to do things. It’s just not for us. We want our kids to know that when we tell them something we are being truthful. If they find out we lied about santa being real won’t they question whether what we’ve told them about Christ is true? You had to know you’d get thousands of comments stating that Christ is a myth too yet you wrote this post anyway. Well done. I enjoy this blog for your unwillingness to back down from unpopular beliefs…and because I’m in agreement with almost everything you say! Merry Christmas!

  37. Jean says:

    When my children were small, many of our beloved book friends were part of our lives–my children went outside to the 100-acre wood to find Winnie the Pooh, they dug through the play clothes for bonnets and aprons before going out to play with Laura Ingalls… Santa was another of those real-but-not friends in our world. A child can step between the doors of real and fantasy so easily! We had so much fun including these characters in our lives. I have never figured out why parents see the need to erase the line between the two: Saint Nicholas was a real person (with a lot of legend added, no doubt), and Santa is fantasy–we can enjoy them both, and there is never any doubt on which side of the doorway our Lord, Jesus Christ, exists–he is not only discussed during play, but is a day-to-day, hour-by-hour reality to us. Being Christian does not mean we have to throw away the fun in our lives, it means we get to put it in its proper place. At least that is how I see it.

  38. Jenn G says:

    I LOVE this!! Thank you!

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  40. Tiyo says:

    Reblogged this on TiyoBlog and commented:
    Santa, the Christmas Lie, is but a whimper and a sigh in the light of Jesus, the Christmas Truth. He can’t bring anything to the table that Jesus hasn’t already provided.
    Christmas is already more than magical — it’s supernatural.

  41. Melanie says:

    I have a 5 year old going on 45. There are times it’s so hard for him to enjoy being a little boy because of his analytical and logical brain in constant, deep thought. He has ALWAYS been this way. With that said, at Christmas time and BEYOND, I try to go to all lengths to help add some magic to his serious world (Layla is carefree and thinks catching a glimpse of dust in a ray of sunshine is magical . Those that know me, KNOW I strive to raise my children EVERYDAY with Christ at the center of our lives. NOT just Christmas. The story of Christ’s birth and what that means to our life should be a part of us YEAR AROUND. I talk about that miraculous event throughout the year with my children.

    Hold on to your seat, Nellie. I’m about to tell you the “web of lies” my children experience around Christmas time. They think Jesus is Santa’s best friend. OH MY! WHAT A FARCE! They think Santa can see them but believe it’s because of the “Santa cam” in our house…not because he is ALL KNOWING like our Father. They believe the letter left to them in their little mailbox everyday in Dec. from Santa is the real deal. Santa always reminds them of THE MOST important part of Christmas. He lets them know he’s proud of who they are and reminds them to GIVE this season and not just look for presents. He reminds them there are different ways to “give”. He tells them he loves them and reminds them to talk to Jesus EVERYDAY. The smile and gleam in their little eyes when I’m reading their letter to them, definitely doesn’t make me feel like a lying sac of hockey puck.

    And what about that annoying little elf in our house that keeps popping up in your FB feed?!? SATANIC, I SAY!!! My kids…oh my goodness. To see their faces every morning when they see what Chip has been into through the night. Pure joy. But guess what? In the evening, Chip is always found holding his open bible, waiting for us to read the Christmas Story together as a family…every night before bedtime. Now, I’m sure that might raise some eyebrows. Or maybe it’s possible to let your children experience the thought of something magical and whimsical WHILE teaching them the very REAL gifts of Christ that ground us in this life and beyond. NOTHING can take the place of that. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know any adults that believe in Santa or Elves (at least non that aren’t committed somewhere). Children grow. Their heart and mind GROW. What is so wrong with giving them this moment of magic? The REASON FOR THE SEASON should take place in all four seasons of the year. And letting my children believe there is a Santa does not overshadow the FACT and their belief in Jesus. I make sure of that.

    I remember the excitement of ALL that Christmas was growing up, don’t you? I don’t ever remember it meaning any less when I grew out of Santahood and I definitely wasn’t bummed and felt like my mom and dad tarnished me for life because of Santa. My own sisters had me believe the Droopy (my mom and Dad’s beloved family Christmas ornament and tradition) used to jump off the tree and run around the house at night (long before elf on the shelf). Can you IMAGINE!!!! I sure could! I went to bed dreaming of such fun!!!!

    • Tony says:

      So, you’re basically saying that “It’s OK to lie to and deceive my kids because it makes them happy and nobody gets hurt.”

  42. Dear Matt,
    Thank you for this. I posted this comment on FB this morning, “Through big tears I got asked, “How come I’m good and don’t spoil (insert Christmas tale here) for other kids, but when I try to tell people I celebrate Jesus’ birthday for Christmas, kids are allowed to make fun of me?” All I could do was tell her how proud of her I am. #CHRISTmas #Jesusisthereasonfortheseason #poorbaby.” I am so grateful for your blog post. It felt like someone else had my back!

    • Ruth says:

      Excellent point. So very true. It’s tragic that even a child can perceive the inequity of the situation. We have the rally cry of tolerance and respecting other people’s beliefs shoved down our throats constantly, yet the one belief system that is decidedly NOT tolerated in this country is Christianity. Does this surprise me? Not at all. Many of the apostles and early church fathers were persecuted and even martyred for their faith in Christ. Even our Lord Himself tells us, ““Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.” (Matthew 24:9) Thankfully that’s not the end of it. He also promises, “…the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 24:13) It’s worth it to face a bit of mockery here on earth when we consider the reward awaiting us in eternity.

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  44. John Doman says:

    As a fellow Catholic, I have to say it: give me a break. If you can produce one person – just ONE PERSON – who was deeply warped and disturbed because he believed in Santa Claus when he was five, then I’ll take all this anti-Santa nonsense seriously.

    • Tony says:

      So you’re saying it’s OK to lie if nobody gets hurt.

    • Chava Hall says:

      There are a ton of comments here, but if you choose to wade through them all, you will find SEVERAL people who either questioned the existence of Jesus/God on the basis or Santa, or had their kids do so. Usually lines like this: “So if Santa is fake, is Jesus fake too?”

    • Ruth says:

      Check out “Ashteroth’s” comments above, for example.

      • Ashtaroth says:

        Haha, thanks, but it hardly “deeply warped and disturbed” me. In fact, I’m glad about it. It was fun at the time, but did open my eyes on the fact that authority figures can and will lie to you. God also knows when you’ve been sleeping, He knows when you’re awake. He knows when you’ve been bad or good, so be good or you’ll burn for eternity. Unless you get born again, in which case, you can get away with quite a bit. The grand guilt alleviator for imperfect people, which is all of us.

        It could very well be possibly the seed that drives you to not blindly accept anything a politician says, even if it doesn’t sound that outlandish or unbelievable. Skepticism can be a GOOD thing. You know what I find sad? The amount of comments here telling atheists to “just go away,” “this blog is for US.” Heaven forbid one examine anything that doesn’t fit with their preconceived notions. I am certainly not afraid to listen to the Christian viewpoint.

        • Ruth says:

          I completely agree with you on the off-base “go away; this is our blog” comments, and I’m glad you’re not afraid to listen to the Christian viewpoint. That shows character on your part. I must, however, set the record straight on your understanding of what Christianity teaches. You say,

          “God also knows when you’ve been sleeping, He knows when you’re awake. He knows when you’ve been bad or good, so be good or you’ll burn for eternity. Unless you get born again, in which case, you can get away with quite a bit. The grand guilt alleviator for imperfect people, which is all of us.”

          Okay, yes, we ARE all imperfect. And that’s exactly why we need a Savior. God demands perfection to gain heaven, and none of us can do it on our own. There’s none of this “God knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good to get into heaven.” That’s not how it works. The point is that we CAN’T get into heaven by being a “good” person. That’s why Jesus came. He was born, lived a perfect life for us that we can never live, then took our punishment upon Himself when He was nailed to the cross. He bore the sins of the entire world upon His shoulders. God punished Jesus for our sins. Then He rose from the dead to show that He even has power over death. Believing in Jesus is the only thing that gets us into heaven. Sound ridiculous? Yeah, actually it does. From a “rational” viewpoint, Christianity makes no sense. That’s why it’s called “faith.” I won’t try to argue why you should believe. Logical arguments will not convince you. But I know (by faith! 🙂 that I will go to heaven when I die. I didn’t earn it. Jesus did that for me. And your point about born again people getting away with “quite a lot” is indeed an excuse made by some, but it have no stomach for “cheap grace.” That’s those who claim to follow Jesus but continue to sin blatantly, then use the excuse, “Well, I’m forgiven anyhow.” That’s not the point either. Yes, we all continue to sin every day, but a Christian should not use that to laugh away sin. Sin is a serious matter. Serious enough for Jesus to die on our account. Again, as I said before, this does not make logical sense. The Son of God dying for us? It’s like an upstanding citizen taking the death penalty for a cold blooded murderer. It just doesn’t happen. Doesn’t even make sense. But that’s what God did for us. I believe it firmly. Eternity is far too long to be wrong.

      • Ashtaroth says:

        Ruth, thanks for the response. You did hit the nail on the head with many things, and I respect you having a belief system that gives you comfort.

        I unfortunately cannot compartmentalize illogical things into my worldview. Not deliberately. I especially can’t do it when it affects my life and the lives of others. I see it intwerwoven into American politics far too much to take it lightly and not say anything (though it’s not like I go into churches and slam people’s beliefs – I’m an atheist, not an anti-theist). Seems like a lot of people are only okay with separating church from state, as long as it isn’t THEIR church.

        I do have to comment on your last sentence “Eternity is far too long to be wrong.” How do you know _you_ are not wrong? At the very least, if you are wrong, you’ve expended a tremendous amount of time (and probably money) of the precious few moments we have here into something that’s not true. You’ve probably made some decisions based on the fact that even though life can suck at times, you’re going to be in heaven for eternity so who cares what happens here? When this could be your ONLY chance!

        Mormons and Catholics believe there are certain things you have to do to get into heaven. You can’t just believe in Christ. What if they’re right, and you’re wrong? Even some protestant denominations don’t agree. Nevermind Islam, Judaism, etc. Heaven help us if Islam is right. I’d rather experience oblivion (or rather, not experience it).

        If I stood before God and he didn’t shoot me straight to hell without making a case for myself, I’d ask him. Why did you bless us with a brain, more intelligent than any other creature, and then expect us to think critically about everything but you? Why did you implant dinosaur bones in the ground, then say the earth is only 6000 years old, and that there was no death before Adam and Eve? Why, when you gave us brains to practice science, we discover things that make you less and less relevant as an explanation for the world you created? Things with extreme practicality and use? Why did you set up the most convoluted and illogical way back to heaven possible? Why did you seemingly go out of your way to prove yourself not guilty of existing, beyond a reasonable doubt? And why punish me for that?

        The questions would never end, and I don’t know that a being that could not provide reasonable answers to these other than “because I said so” is a being worth adoration… only fear.

        • Ruth says:

          Thank you as well for your comments. It is rare to find someone who can be respectful while disagreeing with someone else. Thank you for not stooping to name calling or mockery. I appreciate that.

          First let me answer your question posed to me. How do I know that I’m not the one who’s wrong? It’s faith. That’s it. I believe what the Bible says. Like I said before, I can’t explain Christianity logically or prove it scientifically. Faith is by definition believing in something you can’t prove. I believe what the Bible says. I can quote for you many verses from Scripture, and if you’re truly interested I will, but something tells me you wouldn’t really go for that. I am 100% certain that my belief in Jesus is right. Is that arrogant? Not at all, because it has nothing whatsoever to do with me. It has everything to do with my Savior. He is the one in whom I place my hope and confidence. And yes, I trust Him enough to stake my eternity on Him.

          I must say, you are well informed about the differences between denominations. Based on my previous response you could tell I was not Catholic, and you rightly point out that some “other Protestant denominations” even teach that good works are in some way necessary for salvation. If you care to know, I’m Lutheran, and you are correct that we don’t believe we can merit heaven by our works in any way. Why? Quite simply, because such a teaching takes the focus off of Christ. It’s a slap in the face to His perfect life, His suffering and death, and His Resurrection. It’s like saying, “Hey, look, Jesus, thanks for dying for me and all. I appreciate it. You did Your part, but now it’s time for me to do mine. I’ve got it from here, thanks.” If we have to do something more, then His sacrifice was incomplete. If we are even slightly responsible for our salvation, then we make ourselves to be “gods,” so to speak. Frankly, I wouldn’t make a very good god, so I prefer to keep the focus on Jesus where it belongs. How can one ever know if they’ve been “good enough” anyhow? How many good things does it take to undo a bad thing? There’s no comfort or certainty in that teaching. Me, I’m 100% certain I’ll be in heaven because Jesus did 100% of the work.

          Regarding your questions about why God would give us such intelligent brains knowing we would use logic and rationalism to explain Him away, the answer is quite simple. Love. God loves us so much that He gives us free will. He gave us amazing brains to discover and invent and explore, and yes, even to “logically” explain away His existence. He created thinking, feeling, intelligent people, not robots who are programmed only to serve God. We can actually choose *not* to believe in Him, because He doesn’t force us to believe. Any analogy breaks down at some point, but think of a father who has a family business. He also has an only son. The father wants more than anything for the son to take over the family business when he’s old enough, but he also loves his son enough to not force him to enter the business. He allows the son to go off to school, knowing full well that he may find a career path more enticing. But because of his love, he gives his son that freedom.

          Moving on, you ask why would God create a world that suggests it is much older than 6,000 years? Because God made a mature, fully grown world. Think about this. He made Adam and Eve as fully developed adults, not as little babies. He did the same for the animals and the plants. The trees were mature trees, with growth rings and everything. He didn’t plant seeds or merely “start” the creation process 6000 years ago. He produced a fully mature world. And lest we get off on the “scientific” answer of evolution, let me say that evolution actually requires more faith to believe it than does creation. Evolution is based on theories that have yet to be proven. The fact that so many “mutations” could be consistently beneficial so many times in a row is absurd. A mutation by definition is a negative thing. Evolution is so complicated it takes an entire textbook to explain. Creation takes exactly 2 chapters (total of 56 verses, for those who are wondering) in the Bible to explain. One great book to read is “A Closer Look at the Evidence” by Richard and Tina Kleiss. Both were public school science teachers who thus knew well the teachings of evolution. Their research on origins brought them to the conclusion that the evidence actually overwhelmingly supports creation. They compiled this book into a daily reading type of thing, with a reading for each day of the year. Just as an example, one day they talk about stalagmites and stalactites, which are often touted as taking tens of thousands or millions of years to form. Yet consider the following:

          • A stalactite a foot long was found hanging under a railroad bridge in Alliance, Ohio. It obviously formed in a few years, but evolutionary methods would date a foot-long stalactite in a cave as being thousands of years old.

          • A five-inch stalactite was found in the man-made Hetch Hetchy tunnel in California. This stalactite had to have formed in less than 20 years, since this is when the tunnel was built. According to evolutionary dating of caves, a five-inch cave stalactite should be thousands of years old.

          It’s really a pretty nifty little book, and well worth the read. When all is said and done, though, one fact remains. No matter what you believe, it all boils down to faith. Every belief system requires it. You believe that Jesus was a historical figure who truly existed and even did a lot of good in the world. You just choose not to believe that He is in fact God. You also make the comment that a God who says “because I said so” isn’t worthy of adoration, but only fear. First off, I must say that God doesn’t exactly say that, but yes, He does “make the rules,” so to speak. He is God, after all. He is our Heavenly Father, who like any good parent, sets limits and rules for His children. I don’t know about you, but I’ve sure pulled the “because I said so” line on my kids. Not because I’m trying to bully them, but because I am in authority over them and they do not have the right to usurp that authority or assert their own opinions over mine. So it is with us to God. He is rightfully in authority over us. Honestly, if you think God’s unfair, I’ll tell you something shocking. You’re right. God is unfair. But not in the way you’re thinking. He is unfair because He didn’t give us the punishment we deserved. If He was truly fair we would all be doomed to hell for our sins. It isn’t fair that Jesus took that punishment instead. But he did. And that, my friend, is the best possible news I could ever imagine.

    • Ashtaroth says:

      It wouldn’t be that dramatic, but yes, my first response to “Santa’s not real” was “Is God real?” Looking back, I find it interesting that it wasn’t the Easter Bunny, it wasn’t the Tooth Fairy. That is, of course, because only God is as remotely fantastical as Santa Claus, and even a small child can pick up on that..

      • Elise says:

        With my daughter it was the Easter Bunny that first made her question the existence of the whole crew of “holiday sprites.” We don’t emphasize Santa or the Easter Bunny much; it’s been more implied than anything, and when the kids have asked if they were real, our response has always been, “what do YOU think?” If they said they thought Santa/Easter bunny/Tooth Fairy was real, we’d say ok and keep playing along. But when I asked DD#2 what she thought about them, she said, “Well, I don’t think the Easter Bunny is real, because that would just be ridiculous.” lol… I think she was about five.

        But our kids have never asked that about God, that I can recall. I think it’s because our faith plays into the daily choices we make. Why do we give to the poor? Because we love Jesus and Jesus calls us to love our neighbor. Why do we show kindness to others and stand up for those who are being hurt? Because we love Jesus and Jesus asks us to love as He loved. Why do we walk all the way from the back of the crowded snowy parking lot back to the grocery store when we discover an unpaid-for 97 cent tube of Chapstick at the bottom of the cart after putting the $80 worth of groceries in the trunk? Because we love Jesus and Jesus says to be faithful even with little things.

        In our home, we don’t live our lives in such a way as to please Santa. We try to live our lives in such a way as to please Christ. If Santa approves also, well then… bonus. lol… But the objective is not to please Santa, and Santa’s season is over December 25th. Jesus is the reason for EVERY season, not just Christmas.

        On a side note, and in response to other remarks you’ve made: I think it’s possible to live a comparatively moral life without faith in Christ. But I think the fact that Christians donate more (by percentage) of their time, wealth, and service to help others than any other group out there is one example of evidence that Jesus makes a tangible difference. We love because He first loved us.

      • Ashtaroth says:

        Oh, I never said Jesus never made a difference. Goodness. He’s had a profound effect on human history, some good, some bad. You bring up and interesting point on why I would question god as a child. I’m trying to remember if my parents used “because we love Jesus” as an answer for why we shouldn’t do bad things. Probably not?

        What if, like me, someday your children stop believing in Jesus? Are they going to spiral out of control because the only reason to be good is because you love Jesus?

        Probably not, society and humans have evolved to the point where people HAVE to behave within certain boundaries not be social outcasts (or in jail). I mean, who’s going to want to hang around somebody that’s always lying and stealing doesn’t give a damn about anyone? Oooh, maybe congress!

  45. corbinisme says:

    I enjoy your blog posts primarily because I am not a fan of over-the-top political correctness, and that you base your beliefs on the bible. (So, props for that!) I’ve seen many of your posts really questioning commonly held beliefs and opinions, so I wondered if you had considered looking at all of the traditions/folklore surrounding Christmas? Why stop at just Santa? [While some superimpose some ‘Christian’ origins to the traditions involved, a quick look at history shows pagan origins for everything people associate with Christmas] God is clear on how He is to be worshiped, and detests being worshiped they way that ‘the heathen’ do. [Deut 12:4, Jer 10:2]

    Christmas is a man-made holiday grafted into modern Christian doctrine [Deut 4:2, Mark 7:7] borrowed from pagan rituals and adopted by the Catholic church for less-than-stellar reasons in the 400’s. I think its worth questioning if this is a biblically acceptable way we are to honor Jesus.

    He only gave one instruction on how to remember/honor him, and that was the Passover [taking up the bread and wine]. Obviously Christians mean well in keeping Christmas, but the bible doesn’t support mankind making our own religious festivals. God lists HIS Holy Days in the bible, which Jesus and the disciples observed, yet modern Christianity ignores those in place of their own created holidays… Might be worth looking into for a future politically incorrect post!

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  47. doppledanger says:

    You asked questions, I hope you are prepared for the answers you get. Get your facts ABOUT CHRISTMAS. It is A PAGAN holiday STOLEN like so many other freedoms and traditions by BLOOD, FORCE and FEAR by CHRISTIANS. DO YOUR RESEARCH. By the way, SANTA or Kris Kringle WAS a real PERSON. The myth is based on this story. Just as the myth of JESUS is based on the stories written in the Bible. It is clear now what is really behind your posts which I used to follow and I can no longer do so. Yikes. I suppose you watch fox news too.

    • Jean says:

      You forget who you are talking to. For a Christian, the world came into existence through God. If you choose to celebrate the seasons, equinox, solstice, nature or…whatever, to us you are celebrating God’s handiwork. It is not the Christians who stole from the pagans, it is the pagans using what God made for their own celebration but excluding the Creator. Ya can’t win this one when talking to Christians. We wrap our minds around it in a totally different way. LOL!

  48. me says:

    I think the author is a bit extreme in making his point. Yes, Jesus should be the focus of the holiday. But kids believing in the tale is no different then them believing that Thomas the Train visits the train museum, and Mickey Mouse lives in Florida… etc. Really its imagination. In any event, in our house we emphasis what the true meaning of Christmas is, and who St. Nicholas really was. But at the end of the day, if their imagination wants to ponder if flying reindeer really exist, I’m sure their figure it out one day without the minds being scarred for life

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