There’s no conundrum like the Father Christmas conundrum!
Should we embrace the cuddly old man with open arms? Or should we nip the deception in the bud?
Time for another round-up!
You might think it’s a bit early, but we really don’t think so – Santa is already everywhere. There’s no time like the “present” to ponder such things. (Don’t worry that’s it for puns this time!)
It’s a big decision.
For some, ditching Santa will impact relationships, unnecessarily raise eyebrows and damage the grand-parents expectations for Christmas day. Surely it’s just harmless fun?
Others think that embracing Father Christmas is going to cause our children to mistrust us and cast doubt upon the very gospel itself – is Jesus just another myth?
These (and other) thoughts are shaping people’s opinions of what to do about old St. Nick.
The following articles represent a bunch of different opinions on the Santa Claus tradition. Some are more philosophical, some are more practical and one is really all about decision-making as a parent.We hope you find them helpful.
Have a read, and let us know your own thoughts.
Sara Wallace shares why she and her husband decided not to do Santa Claus with their family, despite enjoying the tradition themselves as children.
A helpful article about the historical Christian, St. Nicholas, and the importance of keeping the Santa tradition alive.
This is very interesting. It is written from a secular viewpoint, but seems to agree with the idea that lying to your children can damage trust and discourage belief in the supernatural in later life. Give it a read.
We’ve included this post because it contains some helpful practical advice for how to encourage imagination in our children but not to lie to them.
This post reflects on children and their love of fantasy with examples from the works of J.R.R Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
Christian Mom thoughts: Should Christians include Santa in Christmas? (Update 12/02/2017 – we can no longer get this link to work, but you can still find it through google)
This article doesn’t necessarily address the Santa conundrum directly, it more encourages a discussion about how to make difficult parenting decisions. After reading all the above articles you should use her question to provoke a conversation with your spouse (or friend if you’re a single parent) to help you come to a conclusion.
Well that’s all folks! Please do comment with your own experiences, advice and questions. We’d be particularly interested to know how you felt as a child when you found out the inevitable?