warning: controversial topic ahead. about this guy.
here are some thoughts. do with them what you wish...
so i've never been a big fan of santa. and i've never had any (as in zero) desire to "do santa" for our (futuristic) offspring. adam and i have never had an at-length discussion about it, but we seem to be on the same page. i know, i shouldn't be allowed to have kids right? and this is totally not a knock on anyone who does "do santa". or my parents for that matter.
but here are a few things i struggle with:
one: i don't like the idea of lying to my kids about something so silly. or anything, really.
two: it irks me that the source of that lie is stealing the attention away from the real meaning of the holiday.
three: speaking of the "real meaning," how confusing is it as a kid when you are taught the "true meaning" of christmas but all the excitement for you, revolves around some altruistic fat guy who, for whatever reason, brings you lots of presents. and then disappears from your life for a year.
four: isn't the point of giving good gifts at christmas to illustrate Christ's gift of love? santa won't love them. we will!! so very much. and i want them to know that.
five: why don't the parents get credit and gratitude for the awesome gifts they give???!!!
ok, that last one was selfish. i admit. sinner here.
but those are some thoughts.
there they are.
there are a lot more rolling around in this noggin of mine too. but i think the most important reason i don't want to do santa is this:
to avoid watering down the two most sacred holidays for us as christians (christmas and easter) with secular characters who, in a lot of ways, take the place of Jesus in the celebration. yep, that means no easter bunny either for the nelson bambini.
sad, sad lives they have awaiting them. in life.
ok, aim, fire. i think i can take it.
but seriously, does anyone else wrestle with this? what's the balance? how did christmas turn into something so not centered on Christ?
disclaimer: this is coming from a girl who watches elf every year and who loves hanging a stocking! so clearly i participate in secular aspects of christmas too. but christmas isn't secular, is it? it's about Christ. so sometimes i just need to think about these things. thanks for letting me.