Yesterday I was sent a message on Facebook because I liked a friend’s comment announcing she was expecting. Not long after, I received a message stating that it was a game and it was my turn to pick from the list of “lies” to post on my page for fun. I didn’t find it fun or funny to play such a game, so I refused to participate and posted about my opinion on the subject.
Then this morning I find this blog post in my inbox. I think God was trying to tell me something because although I saw one game as ridiculous, this Santa game is one that I have been participating in for years. So I used this as an opportunity to ask those who liked and responded to my thoughts, what their take is on the Santa lie that we continue to tell our children and pass on from generation to generation. I received several opinions on the subject and they range from it being an innocent way to foster imagination to a lie is a lie. I think the most important thing is to know what we are teaching our kids and why we are doing so. I personally don’t want to follow the crowd just because everyone says it is harmless. I want to be proactive. And most of all, I want my children to know that Christ is and always will be the reason for the season, no matter what others tell them.
He is a legend, a myth, a fable.
I hope this isn’t breaking news.
Now, when a myth is passed off as fact, it becomes something else: a lie. In many households, Santa is a lie. He’s fun, he’s jolly, he owns gravity-defying reindeer and enslaves thousands of tiny elves in his icy dungeon; he’s overweight (probably because he eats billions of cookies every Christmas), and he isn’t familiar with laws against trespassing and home invasion. He’s also a lie.
He isn’t just a “story.” Stories — fictional stories — have an ending. They are contained in books and television shows and movies. We do not weave an elaborate web of deceit to convince our children that Snow White really exists, or that Mickey is an accurate portrayal of how mice really behave. If they ask us about the geographical location of Neverland, we’ll tell them Neverland is…
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