First of all, thanks to every one who voted in my very first blog poll! I'll leave the results up in my sidebar for a while. A majority of my readers don't use/need an alarm clock. From the comments on this post, it seems that most of us have kiddos who wake us up!
On to a new poll - so if you're reading this in a feed reader, please click on over so you can vote!
The topic is Santa - what do you do with Santa at your house? Hubby and I have had many discussions and have come to the consensus that we will tell Ladybug the story of the real Saint Nicholas instead of current day myth of Santa Claus. We know that we receive a lot of weird looks and questioning comments when others realize that we won't be sneaking around and pretending that we are Santa, delivering toys in the middle of Christmas eve night.
Several reasons are behind this decision. First, we want to keep the birth of Jesus Christ as the central reason to celebrate Christmas. Not a magical, elderly elf who sneaks around the world giving toys to only good girls and boys. I realize that many people celebrate Christmas in many different ways. For our family, it's all about Jesus.
Second, we feel that pretending about Santa (and the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy for that matter) is teaching Ladybug that it's okay to lie. Children's belief in Santa comes from the adults in their lives. Children generally trust their parents, and some children feel betrayed by their parents when they realize that Santa isn't real.
And third, we would rather tell Ladybug the real inspiring story of Saint Nicholas. Giving to others who have less than we do is an important part of being a Christian (see Matthew 25:34-46).
This week, we received validation of our choice not to have Santa be a part of our family Christmas. In passing conversation, our priest mentioned that they have not had Santa be a part of their family Christmas either. They have three boys (we serve at an Episcopal church, where priests are allowed to marry and have families), and they have always shared with them about Saint Nicholas and kept Jesus at the center of their celebration.
Hubby and I were firm in our decision, but it's nice to know that other families feel the same as we do about Santa. (But please know that we are not critical of other parents who help their children believe in Santa Claus. Every family is different!)
So, what say you? How do you handle the topic of Santa in your house? Please vote in the poll in the sidebar, and feel free to leave your thoughts or comments here.