Why Santa Doesn’t Have A Place In My Home…

and neither does the tooth fairy or the Easter bunny…

Throughout my childhood I believe I remember one distinct time that my family actually did the whole Santa Claus thing in our house. I think I was about 8. We baked cookies and left them out with a glass of milk. We woke up the next morning to the cookies eaten and presents from Santa. That is the only Christmas I believe Santa ever had a place in my life as a child.realreason

I was always taught that Mom and Dad bought me my things on Christmas and that Easter had nothing to do with a basket or bunny. It was my mom that snuck in my room at night and put money under my pillow when I lost a tooth. My parents didn’t lie to me. Then when I was 10 and my sisters and I went to live with my aunt and uncle for a year, I learned even more about Christmas.

Growing up Christian, you learn what Christmas is actually about. How Christ was born of a virgin, in a manger, in Bethlehem. You learn that Christmas isn’t about the toys, the candy, or Santa. It’s all about Christ and what His birth represented; but this is only a part of why I don’t do Santa in my house. Even before I had my children, I was determined that I too would never indulge in the nonsense of Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, or the Easter bunny; that I would explain those things to my child when they were old enough.

We teach our children that lying is wrong, no matter the circumstances and then once a year for about a month we threaten to “tell Santa on them” to get them to behave? I’m not sure I even understand the logic in that. I understand wanting your children to have an imagination, but they can have that by playing house or pretend outside. I have also heard, “We want our children to believe in magic!” Why? Magic doesn’t exist! They can be children without believing in magic or fairy tales.

Rather than filling our children with lies…of which they find out about anyway…how about just giving them the truth? Tell them the true story of a man called St. Nicholas. Tell them the real reason behind Christmas:  Jesus, our savior, was born of a virgin, who lived a perfect and sinless life to save us. Save yourself from the sin of lying and tell your kids the truth. It will also save you a lot of explanation when your children are old enough to understand that you’ve been lying to them. If you lied to them about someone called Santa Claus that we never see mysteriously sneaking into our homes, eating cookies, and leaving presents, then couldn’t you be lying to them about someone we can’t see or touch  called “God” and someplace called Heaven or Hell?

This year, make the choice to choose the truth for you and your family and from my family to yours, have a Merry Christmas!

~Samantha Martinez

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