And now, what's NOT a Christmas tradition:
Jeff and I have never taught our kids about Santa Claus. I mean,
they know the traditions and the folk tales and the history, but we've
never perpetuated the idea. Our reasoning has always been that we have a
loving Heavenly Father who showers us daily with blessings, who owns
the cattle on a thousand hills, from whom comes "every good and perfect
gift" ... Truly, generosity, love and joy are hallmarks of a life lived
in submission to the Holy Spirit and we don't want to take away from
that by confusing them with a different, make-believe entity who is
supposed to embody those traits as well. We understand that others
disagree, but this is simply what we've chosen for our family. We have been convicted
to focus solely on the coming of the Messiah, the Christ child who came
in humility to be born, to live a sinless life, to die on the cross, to
be raised again so that we might have eternal life.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his
glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and
truth." John 1:1, 14 (ESV)
A note: Our children are instructed not to discuss the
truth about Santa with other kids out of respect for their parents'
choice to include him in their Christmas traditions.