Our Santa vs Jesus Story

I mean to encourage you to just think things through before you make a decision ~ Even pray about it! :)

(How I keep Christmas Meaningful ~ Part 1)
(How I Keep Christ In Christmas ~ Part 2)

Do you tell your children that Santa is real?  When our boys got old enough to understand Santa stuff, we struggled with the idea.  We didn't want to seem like weirdos so we went along with well meaning relatives and friends with one difference.  We didn't actually speak the words that Santa is real or coming, BUT we did allow our kids to be led in that direction.

Every year at Christmas time, we struggled with the idea of continuing to let the boys "believe."  We both felt so guilty allowing Santa into their lives while we were trying to lay a good foundation of Christ. How were we going to tell them one day that, no Santa isn't real but Jesus is?

The day finally came and our oldest figured it out. That was a very hard day.  He cried and cried and demanded an answer.  When he finally got his answer, he wanted to know why we had lied to him all of those years.  Wow, that was a tough one.  Busted.

But we still want you to believe in Jesus! Smile...

So, that's how it all went down.  Would I do it again?  NO.  For all of you young mommies out there, no, I would not let my child believe that Santa is real.  Not even for a minute.  I wouldn't want to live with the guilt of lying every single Christmas, nor with the guilt after the big reveal.

Jesus and Santa Comparison

JESUS                       vs             Santa

1. Has white hair like wool (Rev 1:14)1. Has white hair like wool
2. Has a beard (Isaiah 50:6)2. Has a beard
3. Comes in red apparel Isaiah (63:1-2)3. Comes in red apparel
4. Hour of His coming is a mystery
(Luke 12:40; Mark 13:33)
4. Hour of his coming is a mystery
5. Comes from the North where He lives (Ezekiel 1:4; Psalm 48:2)5. Comes from the North where he lives: North Pole
6. Is a carpenter (Mark 6:3)6. Is a toy carpenter
7. Comes as a thief in the night
(Matthew 24:43-44)
7. Comes as a thief in the night. Even gains entrance to homes as a thief.
8. Omnipotent -- all powerful (Rev 19:6)8. Omnipotent -- can deliver all the toys of the world in one night
9. Omniscient -- knows all (Hebrews 4:13; 1 John 3:20)9. Omniscient -- knows if you have been good or bad, for the entire year
10. Omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-10; Ephesians 4:6; John 3:13)10. Omnipresent -- sees when you wake or sleep. Has to be everywhere at once to be able to deliver all the toys in one short night.
11. Ageless, eternal (Rev 1:8; 21:6)11. Lives forever
12. Lives in men (1 Cor 3:16; 2 Cor 6:16-17)12. Lives in the hearts of children
13. Giver of Gifts (Ephesians 4:8)13. Giver of Gifts
14. Absolute Truth (John 14:6)14. Absolute Fable - (1 Tim 1:4; 4:7;
2 Tim 4:4)
15. Sits on a throne (Rev 5:1; Heb 1:8)15. Sits on a throne
16. We are told to boldly go to the throne of Grace for our needs (Heb 4:16)16. Children are bidden to approach his throne to ask for anything they want
17. Commands children to obey parents17. Tells children to obey parents
18. Wants little children to come to Him (Mark 10:14)18. Bids children to come unto him
19. Judges (Rom 14:10; Rev 20:2)19. Judges whether you were good or bad
20. Everlasting Father (Isa 9:6; Heb 12:2)20. Father Christmas
21. Christ Child (Matt 1:23; Luke 2:11-12)21. Kris Kringle (means christ child)
22. Worthy of Prayers and Worship (Rev 5:14 Hebrews 1:6)22. Prayers and worship to "St. Nick" by children
23. Lord of Hosts (Mal 3:5; Isa 8:13; Psalms 24:10)23. Lord over a host of elves - (In Druidic religion, elves are demons or tree spirits
24. God says, "Ho, ho ... (Zechariah 2:6)24. Santa says, "Ho, ho, ho ..."
25. Prince of Peace, the Image of God (Isa 9:6;
Hebrews 1:3)
25. Symbol of World Peace, the image of the Christmas Season

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Tara said...

We do allow our children to believe in Santa, but we do it differently... for one, they don't write letters to Santa. We don't emphasize him all year ie Santa is watching you, so you better be good. We do not lie to them as the essence of Santa (giver) can live in anyone.

Miss Janet said...

Like I said in my post, that used to be us. Do we regret letting our kids "believe" in the wrong thing?


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