Super Mom

The little red man

I overheard a conversation earlier this morning. 

Someone A was very upset.  Someone B handled it very well.

See, there’s a year end party.  And Santa was invited.

A doesn’t want his / her child to believe in Santa.  Feels that as a Christian it’s wrong.  That people buy into the commercialism and that the whole meaning of Christmas and Jesus’ birth gets lost along the way. 

From my viewpoint and what I heard, it basically sounds as though a child cannot believe in Santa and Jesus. 

He / she feels that Santa shouldn’t be forced upon their child. 

Of course that doesn’t have to happen.  They have a right to raise their child as they feel fit.  However, I also have the right to raise my boys the way I feel fit. 

My kids (okay only Zander) believes in Santa.  Not because they believe he is the creator of our amazing universe but because he is the guy in the red suite that brings amazing presents every year. 

Not because he was born and forever changed the lives of those who believed.  No, because he is the guy who makes a good and naughty list.

Santa and Christ …. they happen to be in the same season but to me they have nothing to do with each other.

As a Christian, my kids know what Christmas is all about.  They know it’s about the birth of Jesus.  They know that he was born to be our Saviour.  We sing him a small happy birthday song on Christmas morning even.

Santa on the other hand….he is the fantasy guy.  Isn’t it true that all educators tell you constantly how important it is for kids to have fantasy play?  For them to be able to play pretend?

He is the pretend guy. 

Do they know he is only pretend?  Do they know he isn’t the reason for the season?  Probably not when they are very young.  I also don’t think they understand that Someone was born to save them.  Someone they can’t see.  It’s beyond their understanding.

One should however, as with everything you teach them, keep on teaching them.

As soon as they can though, as soon as they get the concept, they are also old enough to understand the difference between the two.

My kids love the joyful songs, the pretty lights and dreaming about what Santa would bring. 

My kids love Jesus too. 

Were they upset when they learned Santa doesn’t really exist?  Heck no!  They still play the Santa fantasy lol  They were intelligent enough to know the difference. 

Santa brings them childlike joy.  Like the tooth fairy brings money.  Like easter eggs at Easter.

One should not confuse the two.

Santa can come to my year end party any time Smile  Unlike Jesus who is there all the time.

24 December 010

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12 responses

  1. Mom

    Once again very well said Melany. This man obviously has issues more than just about Christmas Father. I pity his children for not being aloud to use their imagination and live out fantasies.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm

  2. Well said! Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause. Kids do need to have their imaginations stimulated by fantasy. I think you need to practice believing from a young age, so as an adult, you can believe in other, more important, things.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    • Melany

      I assume Virginia deleted her post 😉 People are of course allowed to have their own opinion (even it’s wrong lol *just joking!*)

      October 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm

  3. Super post Supermom! Really it is 100% what I feel. And sort of, on the same theme , but not about religion and the red man, about the magic of imagination – you might want to read this post of mine: http://juggelingactoflife.blogspot.com/2011/06/then-magic-within.html

    October 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    • Melany

      That’s a great post. Exactly the way I feel 🙂

      October 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm

  4. Tiffany Ambriz

    Very well said Melany!. I grew up believing in Santa and loved it. I do not feel I came out worse for the wear because of the jolly man in the red suit and his reindeer, elves, etc. etc. I, however, am on of those Christian moms who has decided to leave Santa out of our Christmas celebrations. I am not going to go into why, because that isn’t the point. (We don’t do Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy either.) The point is, my children do know who Santa is and what he symbolizes to the majority of the other kids out there. I warn them not to spoil it for others, and never to say Santa (or Easter Bunny, etc. etc.) isn’t real to other children. I would not be offended if my children were at a party and Santa showed up. It is all in the name of fun and joy for the children. If someone is offended that the school wanted to invite Santa, then they have 2 options. (1)Be quiet about it, or (2) keep their child home from the party. Plain and simple. Yes, person A has the right to raise her child without Santa – but she doesn’t have the right to dictate to an entire mass of people how they handle a children’s party based on her decision to raise her child differently.

    October 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    • Melany

      I think you handle it perfectly. It’s absolutely your right to raise your children as you feel is best. That just doesn’t mean I have to raise mine like yours 😉 If you feel like it, I’d love to know why you don’t do Santa, Easter Bunny or Tooth fairies 🙂

      October 26, 2011 at 8:21 am

  5. Lu

    My children when they were old enough were told that Santa was based on Saint Nicholas a man who followed God and reprosents the spirit of Christmas which is the birthday of Jesus the son of God

    October 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm

  6. Jen

    We sing Him happy birthday too
    I agree my kids when they are little have both Santa and Jesus
    and the older 2 are swore to keeping hush until Danieis older

    October 26, 2011 at 9:56 am

  7. Goodness me!

    I have never thought to equate Jesus with Santa :-/

    Santa to me represents magic and make believe and wonder and the innocence of being a child.

    I find this is a little odd to be honest.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    • Melany

      Exactly! I don’t know why the guy was so upset!

      October 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm

  8. It is madness! Isn’t the goal to celebrate life in every posible way?

    My thoughts are simple – as long as they realize just how blessed they are and are thankful for everything they have, we are in a winning zone!

    October 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm

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