When my younger daughter was three years old, I took her to the mall during the Christmas season. As she sat in her stroller, a lady came up to us and leaned over toward my daughter.
“Hi, Sweetheart. You are so cute! What is Santa going to bring you this Christmas?”
My daughter’s eyebrows furrowed into a question. She looked at the lady, then she looked at me. She looked again at the lady and then looked at me. “Mommy, doesn’t she know yet?”
I chuckled at the scene playing out before me. “My daughter doesn’t believe in Santa,” I said.
The lady’s face contorted into near horror. “She doesn’t believe in Santa???”
“No. You see, my husband and I know that if we lie to our children about Santa, then they will not believe us when we tell them about Jesus.”
The lady turned and left in a huff, surely thinking that I was a terrible mother not to allow my child to experience Santa Claus.
So, what is so wrong about allowing our children to believe in Santa? Here are a few reasons:
1) The first and most important reason is that teaching our children that Santa is real is a lie, and lying is forbidden by the Word of God. When our children discover that we have lied about Santa, they will question everything else we tell them, including the truth that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Could it be that many children fall away from the faith because their parents lied to them about Santa?
2) Teaching our children that Santa is the giver of gifts places him in the position of God. Scripture tells us that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father . . . .” (James 1:17). To place Santa in the position of God is idolatry, and idolatry is forbidden by the first of the Ten Commandments.
3) Teaching our children that Santa is the focus of Christmas takes their eyes off the real reason for Christmas, and that is to celebrate Christ’s first coming to earth to save us from our sin.
4) Teaching our children that Christmas is all about Santa and receiving gifts is to foster their self-centeredness and selfishness. Christmas is about giving to others because Christ first gave to us.
It is interesting to note that the same letters that spell Santa can spell “Satan”. Could it be that Santa is one of Satan’s chief ploys to lure our children away from Christ? I, for one, certainly think so.
Copyright 2014 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio. All Rights Reserved.
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