How Do You Handle The Santa Claus Issue?
As Christians, it can be discouraging that the Christmas holiday has become so secular and hyped up. It seems like the focus has been switched from the real reason for this time of year—celebrating the birth of Jesus.
So, what do you do when it comes to handling the issue of Santa?
All you have to do is:
- take a drive around town
- go into a local retail store
- attend a public school function
- just to name a few,
and you will be bombarded with Santa Claus. You know the guy in the big red suit giving toys to children. Checking his list and magical, mystic powers.
Although there was a true real man, a holy man of God, named Nicholas, who did assist those in need in his community, even he would be horrified.
Yes, even Nicholas would be disappointed to see that the focus and the glory has been given to him, and not to his Creator and Lord—Jesus Christ.
It Starts At Home
If you have kids, it is a personal decision and completely up to you to decide whether or not you and your family will bring Santa Claus into your home. There are so many different opinions about this and again it’s going to be up to you to decide what is right for your family.
Pray about it and see what the Holy Spirit reveals to you.
Today, we will explore one reason why Santa may not belong under your tree. Also, inevitably, no matter how hard you may try to keep Santa out of your home, your children will be exposed. How will you respond?
We will explore 3 ways that you and your family may choose to use in handling the issue of Santa Claus in your life.
Telling the truth is a great place to start!
Research, as a family, the truth behind the man Nicholas, a man who loved God. Share with your children how his love for the less fortunate in his community, helped him to share the real gift of Christmas—Jesus!
This way your children can see that although Nicholas was a man who demonstrated a lot of love—Jesus demonstrated more for all mankind. Nicholas was a servant of God and not a mystical , magical being—just a humble man who loved God.
Like the 3 Wise Men brought their gifts to the Christ Child, so the godly man named Nicholas was pouring out birthday gifts for the King of Kings—Jesus. But not being able to give them personally to Jesus, Nicholas gave them to the poor in his community. In this way, Nicholas could demonstrate not only his love for Jesus, but the love of Jesus for his community.
To help EMPOWER people towards a HOPE and a FUTURE. Not a false belief in him and losing the focus of the reason behind his giving heart—Jesus.
Being honest with your children about the truth behind the myth of Santa Claus and revealing the humble man of God will help to bring the focus back on Jesus. After all, how can you expect to teach your children about honesty and the truth when lies of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny overshadow the truth?
The truth of the love of God and Jesus!
Ask yourself how can you expect to teach your children about being honest, when you, the parent are being dishonest with them about the myth of Santa?
Or, do you feel that this instance of dishonesty is not important? You feel that it isn’t a problem putting a few gifts under the tree from Santa.
However, if you take the stance that you don’t want to raise your kids believing in Santa, what should you do?
Here are three ways you can handle the whole Santa Claus issue:
1. Respond With Love And Grace
Remember, not everyone shares your faith and beliefs.
There are a lot of people, including other Christians, that believe celebrating Christmas includes and means—Santa.
You may not agree with how they choose to do things or agree with their beliefs. Just like they may not agree with yours.
Remember that this Christmas season is about the Prince of Peace and Love coming to earth. Therefore, don’t go around lecturing others, instead handle the situation with love and grace. However, be prepared with a kind answer of honesty if they ask why you don’t celebrate with Santa.
Barry and I will simply respond that “Santa has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas. Jesus does.” We leave it at that unless prodded by the other person for more details.
For 11 years, Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs holds an Annual Christmas Giveaway. Throughout the year as the Christmas related items are donated, we gently remove and dispose of all and any of the Santa and Rudolph items. You will have a difficult time finding any Santa Claus items, unless they came in last minute donated boxes that hadn’t yet been sorted.
Did you know that in that entire 11 years, we have never been asked by families attending these events, “Where is Santa?”
Nope, not once!
And we didn’t have to lecture—we just quietly removed.
The focus, even the Christmas carols are on Jesus, not Santa Claus coming to town.
If you and your family have researched the truth behind Nicholas the man, you can all quietly grin when someone else talks about Santa or hands your family gifts labeled “From Santa”. Because you know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
So, handle the situation with love and grace.
2. Respecting Family Traditions
This can be a tough one. Family dynamics can be strained and dysfunctional any time of the year, but even more so at Christmas. Things can easily get heated and go wrong without any real effort or intention.
- Will you be able to go to a family function and respect their traditions even if you don’t agree with them?
- Are you prepared to bite your tongue and keep your opinions to yourself?
- Or maybe God is calling you to attend a family function, so you can share His Good Word and message with them.
Remember, respect family traditions, but handle situations with love and grace.
3. Expressing Your Own Preference
However, instead of “dreading” a family get together, why not talk to them beforehand? In this way, the various family members involved, especially the elders of the family, have time to process what you are asking of them.
Again, with love and grace, gently share your beliefs. Remember, not with a lecture, but rather, with love and grace. Explain in simple ways how you prefer to handle the holidays and the Santa Claus issue.
It could be as simple as just don’t give gifts labeled “From Santa”. Rather, let them know that Grandma and Grandpa love them so much and the gifts were truthfully from them.
Now, as family members have done this for decades, having them remember to not ask “that” question will be more difficult. It won’t be done on purpose, but inevitably, someone will ask your child(ren) what gifts they are wanting from Santa.
But, remember, tradition forming takes time. Changing the traditions in your family to turn the focus back on the Birthday of Jesus, will take some time. Treat your family with love and grace as you handle the Santa Claus issue.
It all boils down to what you feel led by the Holy Spirit is the proper way for you and your family to handle Santa Claus.
We are all at different spots in our walk with Christ. What one person feels convicted about may be something that others don’t and that includes this whole Santa issue.
How do you handle the Santa Claus issue? With love and grace.