Tough Questions Kids Ask
December 2006: What About Santa?
In her article "To Santa or Not to Santa," posted at suite10l.com, Sylvia Cochran suggests not overemphasizing Santa, or going to great lengths to convince children he is real, but still including him as part of Christmas. When children question you about Santa, explain that while the holiday celebrates Jesus' birthday, people have come up with fun ways to mark the occasion. One of those inventions is Santa Claus, a myth that grew out of true accounts of Saint Nicholas, a third century bishop who reflected God's generosity by using his inheritance to assist the needy and vulnerable.
The article also encourages parents to read the Bible and to pray before making a decision about Santa. Suggested passages for meditation include:
- Matthew 18:6 - "But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."
- Deuteronomy 6:5-7 - "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
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