Friday, December 5, 2014

Do You Believe in Santa?

Santa is a big thing for me. I love the magic of Santa. I love the urge to believe in something miraculous and magical. I love the concept of a generous and cheery man leaving gifts and eating cookies. I love it. I love Santa.

prophets talk about santa

I met a woman last year. She was a devout Christian and only allowed her children to believe in Santa for a few years. They knew the "truth" about Santa by the time they were three. Her rationale was that she was raising children to believe in a God they had never seen and who much of the world questions...just like Santa. If she allowed them to believe in a fictional character and then they found out he wasn't real, what would they think of God?

I gave some thought to her reasons. I've pondered them occasionally off and on, though I've never questioned whether or not Santa would be a part of our Christmas celebrations for years to come--he will most definitely be there!

As a religious woman myself, I love this prophet's take on Santa, it's such a different way to view Santa from a Christian standpoint:

" It is a glorious thing to have old St. Nicholas in our hearts and in our homes today, whether he enters the latter through the open door or creeps down the chimney on Christmas Eve. To bring happiness to others without seeking personal honor or praise by publishing it is a most commendable virtue. . . .

Good old St. Nicholas has long since gone the way of all mortals, but the joy he experienced in doing kindly deeds is now shared by millions who are learning that true happiness comes only by making others happy—the practical application of the Savior’s doctrine of losing one’s life to gain it. In short, the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit, that makes our hearts glow in brotherly love and friendship and prompts us to kind deeds of service."--David O. McKay

(Special thanks to Brooklyn for Tweeting this article.)

I couldn't agree more. The joy in the practice of Santa is finding joy in giving, surprising, and serving others. For young children, the joy is in receiving and there is nothing wrong with that. They will learn the true meaning of Christmas, they will learn gratitude, and they will even learn to continue believing in things that are not there if they are taught. Santa will remain in our home until JaiseAnn stops believing in him--and that might just be forever because I really hope she never stops believing and loving the spirit of Santa. Just like her mom...who is just like her mom.

What are your thoughts on Santa and believing in him? Do you or would you encourage your children to believe in Santa? Why/why not?

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