Saturday, December 19, 2009
Is there a Santa Claus?
When our girls were young, Larry and I made the decision that we would not push the Santa Claus idea onto them. We were honest and told them that Santa was for fun but that Christmas was Jesus' birthday. Some people were horrified with that decision. My thought was why lie to the girls? And then what else would they think we were lying about? So no there was Easter bunny or tooth fairy either.
I think they survived childhood successfully without Santa and the other guys. We allowed them to sit on Santa's lap and tell him their wishes. I decorated with primitive Santas at Christmastime. But the emphasis was on the birth of Christ.
The girls are now born-again Christians and are married to Christian men. I have no regret for not raising them as Santa Claus believers. Through the years I jokingly told them that they turned out great despite having us as parents. I guess that rings true with the Santa Claus theory as well.