Friday, December 16, 2011

The Santa Clause

Its the time of year that we are discussing Santa a lot. My kids don't believe in Santa, but they sure do have a lot of questions. My daughter came home from school a couple days ago, a little confused. She wondered how her teacher could have received a phone call from Santa if Santa is not real? She told me that the phone in her classroom rang, her teacher answered it and said "hello Santa!" they had a wonderful conversation with each other about all the children in the classroom. When her teacher hung up she told all the children that it was Santa from the North Pole and he had them all on his list! My daughter turned to her friend, who happens to believe in Santa and informed him that Santa in not REAL! This is not the first time my daughter has destroyed the fantasy world of other children. Our neighbors, two little girls, are firm believers in Santa. They were visiting us and happily telling us of all the gifts that Santa would be bringing them for Christmas. Our daughter bluntly and firmly informed them that Santa was a lie and he does not exist.  She told them that all the presents they received most likely came from their parents!  The two little girls burst into tears, and I apologized to their mother.  My daughter simply couldn't understand why this was an issue! Why do children want to believe in something that is not true?
Her question has haunted me, why do any of us want to believe in something or anything that is not true? Yet, so many of us do. I have had so many false beliefs, and I still do have false beliefs that I stumble through. But, at least now I can recognize them. But, there was actually a time that I just chose to believe a lie, because it was easier. I chose to live a life of denial because it hurt to live in truth. Just like the two little girls, it was very painful to hear the truth about Santa Clause. And, for them, it is easier to live in a world of fantasy.
My daughter is on a mission to set her friends free! She's kind of abrupt about it, but for some reason she feels like it's important. At times, I have wanted to stop her, because I feel like parents aren't going to appreciate my daughters passion. But, then again, it is her passion and her mission, who am I to get in the way? She knows a truth, and it is the truth, why should I stop her?  The truth sets us free. So, she is speaking freely, and I'm happy about that, as painful as it may be for some. She has Jesus in her heart and she knows this season is for celebrating Him.
Say That Again Jesus, You are the one that breaks through the lies and sets us free!


  1. As a child, I believed Santa was reverent and would agree with me that Jesus out-ranked him, so I saw no conflict in believing in both. Yet this year, my first Christmas really as a Christian, I find the whole Santa/materialism emphasis a troubling counterfeit. The God of the Universe came to us in the humblest of ways, born in the lowest circumstances, to the poorest of families, because He loved us enough to give His life in exchange for ours so we could be with Him forever and have peace and freedom. Yet instead of focusing on His awesome gift to us, as a culture we've allowed ourselves to become distracted with a hectic whirl of events, spending, decorating, worrying about buying the "perfect" material gifts, (for each other, not Him), and teaching our children to believe in magic. Oops. Kathy

  2. Awe I love Ruby's heart! I just loved this. And yes many people would rather believe the lie. Ruby knows the real story of christmas and that's way better then Santa!

  3. Don't feel too bad. My boys tell kids Santa was real, but that he's dead. Not sure which is worse.


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