But on a more serious note--Batgirl entered a valid point. If this is all about Jesus and Santa takes away from Jesus, then why have presents? If you think Santa is the culprit of taking away from Jesus, you are mistaken. The real thief is gifts. So to all you who said that, I think you should also stop doing gifts.
I, for one, don't think there is anything wrong with Father Christmas- he is awesome. And I like watching all the Christmas cartoons and listening to the Christmas songs that mentioned and/or have Santa in them. I've never seen anything wrong with Santa, I still leave out cookies and milk and write a letter to him. If you think you are fooling those two year old's then I think you are mistaken. In the back of my mind, I always sorta knew that it was really my parents, but I refused to ever give in to that thought and kept playing along . ...to this day I still play along. So I will be telling my kids about Santa, but don't think I'll leave Jesus out either. He comes first.
But I really do believe that its almost a little hypocritical to say that Santa takes away from Jesus but then still do presents- an alternative may be something like wrapping up gifts and giving to someone in need. That way you can still have the idea of gift giving, but in a way that further emphasizes Christ.
So no, no Santa! Haha
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...that is so awesome. That must have been the real Santa. *squeal*SparkyHappyGiraffe wrote:I love jolly fat men!!!!! Okay funny story here: My brother went to the mall to see Santa and he told Santa his name (Josh) and Santa said "Did you know your name is in the book" and Josh said "The book? as in the naughty list book?" and Santa said "No, the bible!" and gave a chuckle that I will never forget
I'm assuming you meant that in a good way. I'd agree that a lot of kids really enjoy Santa. The Little House series refers to Santa, but it was much less dramatized than today. I know that some kids get a healthy exercise of their imagination, and have a lot of fun pretending. However, sometimes Santa is just so promoted that he gets the spotlight when he shouldn't.Arkán Dreamwalker wrote:No one is mentioning the magic that believing in Santa brings to young kids.
Every Sunday, I act as the assistant teacher in one of my church's preschool rooms. Today, someone, in the prayer, thanked God for Santa and the toys he brings us. In. March. Basically the same thing had happened a few months before with a different child.
I don't know the children's parents well, so I can't make a judgement one way or another. My guess is that it's really the emphasis on Santa in our culture, and the constant exposure to him.
So, if we could healthily enjoy Santa and use our imaginations, that would be wonderful. But in today's culture that's not always feasible, one reason why some families choose to do away with Santa altogether.
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How drastic! Well, can't say I wouldn't do the same thing. I mean, what with some random man just dropping through your chimney...especially one that claims to know when you are sleeping and can see you when you're awake. Shudders.Metal15 wrote:Santa's dead. My dad shot him long ago...