This time of year, it seems we cater to the "politically" correct, the "Biblically" narrow-minded, and those who are simply "Grinches". December 25th is when Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. You can celebrate what you want, or not.
In our home, we participate in the age-old tradition of "Santa Claus". We've tweaked our perspective a little through the years, as we've done for many habits passed for generations.
We encourage imagination in our home. We pretend & "make-believe". We value honesty. However, truth isn't always best shared in full-force, but delivered in age appropriate, love laced, good-intentioned parcels. Children are logical beings and I'm a firm believer in sharing information as they are prepared to absorb it - and relate it to others.
All year long, we prayerfully fill our "Christmas Jar" with coins to give away, anonymously, at Christmas. We read our children the story of St. Nicholas, and embrace the joy of giving - while loving the element of secret surprise! Christmas is the time to give, to bless, to share.
Santa Claus represents love and goodness, cheer, hope...and mystery. He has many helpers who always have an eye out for good (and bad, oops) behavior. Early Christmas morning, our children are thrilled that they are recipients of this elusive, jolly "giver". As they grow older, they gradually transition to the other side...and are excited to participate in the thrill of surprise, while still pretending! (albeit a little wiser each year) in the joy of receiving. We exchange gifts, to bring the experience full circle. Children learn to keep the "surprise" they've wrapped in pretty paper & topped with a bow. They can't wait for you to open what they've kept mostly secret!
We do this as compliment to our celebration of Jesus' birthday! The real reason for the season and the ultimate giver - of love, unconditional forgiveness and joy.
Santa still comes to the Davis house...and I'm a believer! Is Santa real? He's as real as the love of giving, the joy of receiving, the happiness of childhood.
Please don't spoil this blessing - and rest assured if you tell a small child someone else is "lying"...they don't resist the urge to share that knowledge.
Have a blessed Christmas and may Santa bring you special surprises!