Christmas is the only time of year when it’s generally considered OK to lie to your children! It’s an American tradition and it gets them to behave! We have no problem telling Billy that if he stops throwing a fit then when the man in the red suit comes for a visit he will leave presents instead of coal.
Christina and I decided to diverge from mainstream American culture on this issue and instead just tell our children the truth!
This is what we tell them about Santa Clause:
- He doesn’t live in the North Pole
- He doesn’t give good kids presents
- He doesn’t come down the chimney
On the other hand:
He was a real person
He gave gifts to children
He believed in Jesus
It’s ironic that the contemporary version of Saint Nickolas is oddly silent about his faith.
Rather than just going along with cultural flow we need to stop and think for a minute about what we are teaching our children. They need to know the truth! Christmas is about Jesus!
Saint Nickolas can serve as a great example of a faithful follower of Jesus but he should never be raised above that.
And by the way, December 6th is Saint Nickolas Day so Happy Saint Nickolas Day!