I LOVE the Christmas season. It is my favorite time of year. I'm one of those people who starts buying presents in September and listens to music in October. I usually have my decorations up before thanksgiving and our list of activities planned ahead. I was thinking of what activities I was going to post on the blog and thought I should first take a moment to explain something. In our family, we don't do Santa.
Well, maybe that's not completely accurate. We PRETEND Santa, but I have never done anything to try and convince my children that Santa is real. I tell them "Santa is something fun we pretend at Christmas time." We still write letters to Santa, sit on santa's lap and tell him what we want for christmas, leave cookies out for him christmas eve, read books about santa, and tell the kids that they better behave because Santa's watching them, but they know it's all pretend. Kids have fun pretending.
Why do I do this? I just want my kids to know that Jesus is real and Santa isn't, that Christmas is more about Jesus than Santa, and to know that I won't lie to them. I know that I'm in the minority among my friends and family in this decision and some accuse me of taking the magic out of Christmas, but to me the magic of Christmas is not about Santa coming down the chimney and filling our stockings, but about the Son of God coming to earth to be our Savior. And I'm pretty sure that Christmas is still wonderful and fun for my children.
I do make sure my kids know not to tell other children that Santa is pretend, and so far we haven't had any problems.