Santa isn't real! There, I said it.
Saint Nicholas, however, is real and he's who we based Santa Claus on. He was a man who received a large sum of money from his parents and distributed it to the poor. Saint Nick was know for his kindness and often anonymous generosity, and children began to hope they'd receive gifts from him. He died in December and people celebrated his benevolence each year, until it became a traditional part of Christmas.
That's nice isn't it?
I wonder though, should I teach my kids the truth? Or should I go along with the "lie"? Am I, the trusted parent, supposed to tell my kids an old man goes around the whole world delivering gifts, in ONE NIGHT? WTFrack. And when my sweet little one asks why he doesn't deliver gifts to the starving kids, do I say, "because they don't have a fireplace, honey"? I know there is joy and anticipation, excitement and wonder around the myth of Santa for kids. But what's lost because of it? Can I teach my kids the truth about Christmas, all the while urging them to believe the fanciful life of Santa? I'm beginning to think I can't.
I knew some kids whose parents told them the truth about Santa from the get-go and let's be honest, they were weird kids. I don't want weird kids. I do, however, want kids who can enjoy the snowmen, stories about elves, stockings hung by the fireplace - and know those things are secondary to Christ.
Christmas is about Christ, no matter what the media tells you. It's a Christian holiday, celebrating the birth of Jesus. Shouldn't I use it as an opportunity to teach my kids about all He has already given them?
What will you do? Ho Ho Ho - or - Ho Ho No?