A Thought on Santa Claus

My previous article, “From the Mouth of Babes” brought up the discussion of Santa Claus.  I remembered reading this and I agree with Gladys Hunt.  Definitely a subject for each parent to decide what is right for their family, but I am sharing this with some that I was discussing it with or anyone pondering this issue.  Honey For a Child’s Heart is a wonderful read!

Selections quoted from Honey For a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt:

What about fairy tales?  Some parents are troubled by fairy tales. …Others don’t like elves and talking animals.  Some refuse even Santa Claus ….children don’t take life as seriously as adults and read more often for pleasure.  …Children have room in their lives for a great deal of miracles.  “That’s the problem,” someone will say, If you let them believe in fairies and fantasy, how will they distinguish between truth and falsehood?”  I can’t help thinking that since children love make believe, they can easily tell the difference.  ….There is nothing unspiritual about an active imagination, a token of the liberty of childhood.  One of my young friends at three told me about the tiger who lived in her backyard.  I inquired about where she kept him and what she fed him and she told me about the details with great delight.  Then I told her about the tiger who lived in my backyard.  Her eyes danced as I described his strange behavior and that he had purple stripes.  Then she came very close and whispered, “Is your’s a real one?” When I said it wasn’t, she said confidentiality, “Mine isn’t either.”  Was I encouraging her to lie?  I think not.  Both of us were in on the world of pretend, a legitimate adventure.  How quickly we want to quench the fine spirit of childhood.  Imagination is the stuff of which creativity comes.  …”I knew about Santa Claus like I knew about elves and other pretend things.  I never got them mixed up with God because I could tell from the way my parents talked and acted what was true.”

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44 thoughts on “A Thought on Santa Claus

    • You sound like an amazing parent that parents with intention. We differ on our view of santa clause. I never use him to coax my daughter to be good or swear to her that he is real. She gets gifts from her daddy and I but she does get a stocking full of treats from santa. We label the whole month of celebrations as “Jesus has the best birthday party!” And he is the reason we celebrate. BUT, i enjoyed reading your post and thank you for the comments. Merry CHRISTmas!

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  1. I grew up never believing in Santa. My parents believed that if they told us about Santa and we found out he was fake, would we doubt the existence of God? Honestly, I feel like the only thing that happened was that I missed out on excitement and fun. I feel I was cheated out of being a child. In case anyone wants an opinion from the child point of view lol. Although when I had my own children I was worried about breaking their hearts because I lied to them. But my husband (and many others) assured me its not that big of a deal. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for your comments! We teach our seven year old that we are celebrating Jesus. She see the tree, presents, Santa Claus, and everything else, all as a part of that. She thinks his birthday celebration is the best! She is 7. She is starting to hear from her friends that santa is not real. I expect that after christmas or some time soon she will admit that she doesnt believe in him any more. I hope to make it a fun occasion and do something special with her because she is growing up instead of making it a bad thing.

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  2. Children, when at least old enough to speak and read are already small adults in the making. All the parents have to do is to be attentive, loving, understanding and provide some guidance and protection.

    Children are often more sensitive for certain things compared to adults and can often already see right from wrong, ouch from not ouch and “that works” and “that does not work”. When parents or so called experts underestimate children they are idiots.

    As child you are developing. Dogmas and parental censorship at one point have no effect and the child’s mind is very imaginative. Growing up in an Evangelical household I know one thing. All those Bible preaching know-it-alls at one moment were nothing but hot air producing idiots. Christianity, good for your. Personal believes, good for you.

    Dogma and censorship of the mind, my mind? Please slap yourself silly with “Revelations” and stay away from me. I always avoided the devout preacher individuals, sometimes terrible people were among them.

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  3. I totally agree. If we don’t teach children to stretch their imagination and have an escape hatch in their minds, I feel they will be less prepared for the hardships of adult life and this world. I still love to escape into my own little world and write stories as a relief from real life. 😊

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  4. I totally agree. There’s nothing wrong with an active imagination. Look how successful Walt Disney became because of it 😉

    Besides children will be able to recognize real from pretend as they get older. I grew out of talking to my teddy bear. But what remains are wonderful childhood memories.

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  5. Hi Caroline, my daughter is also 7, she fully believes in Santa. When she was born I didn’t want to do the Santa thing, but my husband convinced me of the opposite and I’m glad we did it, she has heard kids telling her that Santa isn’t real, but she will fight and argue with them with her whole heart. Sometimes I’m freaked out that she’ll think I’ve been lying to her because I make such a big deal about lies, so I don’t know how it will play out, I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get there 🙂 ps – I liked mommycanteven’s comment, it helped see the other side of it too.

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    • We are in this together! i am guessing that it will play out like the “mickey mouse thing.” my daughter has always loved all the characters. she loved loved disney world! mickey and all the characters, truly magical. we returned to disney world when she was 5, half way through the day at the magic kingdom, she looked up at me, “Momma, is Mickey a person inside a costume?” I was so afraid that I was crushing her dreams and that the day was being ruined in that moment. I smiled and whispered to her, “What do you think?” She said, “I think it is.” I giggled and whispered back, “You are right. Shhh. Let’s keep it a secret.” and the day continued without any interruption. …..so, that is what I am predicting BUT I guess we will see 🙂 …..aren’t seven year olds awesome!

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    • absolutely! such an amazing blessing to watch children grow up! they have such amazing personalities! when your grandsons grow up, you can say, “no one is surprised that you are an inventor, famous writer, …. because you were always so smart and imaginative as a child!”

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  6. I’ve always loved Santa, and the imagination behind him, but even though my parents let us “believe” in him, there was always a huge chasm between the fun we had with him, and the faith we had in God. Santa was fun and exciting as a kid, but worshiping God was a lifestyle. Hard to confuse which was real–which mattered, and which was just fun. As an adult I still love Santa–he’s kind-of like a symbol of Christ. He teaches us to give, and to love…etc.

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  7. I agree with you, Caroline. I grew up hearing and reading about Santa and watching movies, and the kid in me still gets a kick out of them all. It was fun to pretend and wonder as a kid. I think it’s good for children (and adults) to learn how to use their imaginations too. BUT …………. JESUS has made ALL the difference in the world to me. I have experienced him and felt His hand upon me and loved Him all of my days. He hasn’t disappeared into the world of make believe. He has increased in His revelation to me the longer I live. He is real! Blessed be the Lord, our Creator and Lover of our souls. Have a great 2015!

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