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Should Santa Claus Be Invited To Christmas Dinner?

Should Santa Claus Be Invited To Christmas Dinner?

As was mentioned in Crawford’s post last week, Should Christians Celebrate Christmas? this time of year brings out discussion on how Christians should respond to the holiday. What gets even more heated is the discussion on whether or not it’s appropriate to use Santa Claus in our festivities. Those on the assemblyHUB team who have children pitch in their thoughts.

Mike Dilione

I choose not to incorporate Santa into our Christmas celebration for three reasons.

  1. Society has taken Santa and given him godly attributes such as omnipresence (present everywhere) and omniscience (all knowing). One Christmas song says, “He sees you when you’re sleeping, He knows when you’re awake, He knows if you’ve been bad or good so be good for goodness sake!” If Santa knows when we are awake and if we have been bad or good he would be omniscient. Only God is all knowing.
  2. I want my kids to recognize that any gift they receive during Christmas reminds them of the true gift, our Savior Jesus Christ. Christ Jesus was grace gift. We did nothing to deserve this gift. Santa offers gifts based on how good we were for the year. The two do not go together.
  3. I have yet been convinced that Santa brings any glory to God. We try to separate the two but we shouldn’t. I feel I may be a little hypocritical because there are a lot of things I do that don’t bring honor and glory to God. I pray everyday though that my convictions would grow to that.

Phil 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Are we living out this verse by celebrating Santa? Not only should we rethink how we handle Santa, but we should rethink anything we expose our children to.

Scott Duncan

I grew up believing that Santa would come down our chimney & deliver presents on Christmas eve. I cannot describe the excitement I felt on Christmas morning waking up and seeing the presents that were delivered the night before and the thought of waking up on Christmas morning still brings GREAT memories.  The reason why I believed in Santa was because my parents allowed it but didn’t push it. The only thing I really remember them saying was that I should go to bed so Santa can come & deliver the presents which he did because what they didn’t tell me was that Santa was my dad and mom.

I viewed all of our Christmas experience as being focused on the Lord and not Santa so I guess I never thought it was that big of a deal.  As a child I NEVER likened Santa with the Lord Jesus and because my parents loved the Lord and their life reflected it, I never had the thought that if they “fooled” me about Santa maybe they did the same about God since they talked about the Lord all of the time & only mentioned Santa one night a year.

I view Santa as more of a cultural thing and not as an overall threat to our children.  Some of my friends don’t allow their children to believe in Santa and for good reason but these same friends also never grew up believing in Santa and I guess they don’t miss that feeling on Christmas morning cause they never had it or at least the same way that I did.

Obviously I don’t have a good biblical reason why I should allow my children to believe in Santa.  My main reason is that I want them to have as much fun at Christmas as I did with the belief in Santa (who happens to be me) and I justify fooling them just like I would a joke being said. I think we should be careful to classify something as “wrong” when the Lord knows the thoughts & intents of our hearts.

Sherri Jason

I am not “against” Santa but we don’t incorporate him in our celebrations at home.  But we also just look at him as a fun part of Christmas in relation to our culture. We would participate in an activity that included him, but the kids know he is not the true meaning of Christmas. Just a fun part like the shopping and gifts and decorations. Same as the tooth fairy and Easter bunny.  A cultural thing but not giving real credence to it.  I see three key areas in regards to Santa.

  1. Don’t attribute the attributes of God to him.  Make sure to explain songs like “He sees you when you’re sleeping”, etc. and give the true perspective.
  2. Don’t use him as a threat or incentive for good behavior. This gives credence to him throughout the year, creates fear or confusion in kids and we want pleasing the Lord to be the reason for good behavior.
  3. Don’t have him as the main focus of Christmas.

Scott Thomson

With our kids we avoided using Santa Claus. We do not have any Santa Claus decorations, we do not write letters to Santa, we do not leave cookies out for the reindeer, we do not tell them any of the gifts come from Santa, etc. etc. When the topic comes up we tell them that “Santa is not real… it’s just pretend. Some families do it just for fun. This doesn’t make them bad people, they simply have different convictions than we have.”

My concern about the whole Santa thing is that if we raise our kids telling them or implying to them that Santa, the Easter Bunny, the tooth fairy, and God are all real, inevitably as they grow up they will realize one at a time that Santa, EB, TF are not real and their parents lied to them.  Might they also think God isn’t real and their parents lied to them about that as well?

Mike Dilione

“And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised,” (2 Corinthians 5:15 ESV).   It was this verse that the Lord used to cause Mike to repent and fully surrender his life to Christ.  Mike and his family reside and serve the Lord in Jamaica.  They have been commended to the Lord’s work there by 5th Ave Chapel in Belmar.

Scott Duncan

Scott lives in Oxford, PA where he was born and raised by Christian parents.  He was saved at the age of 8 and is in fellowship at Oxford Bible Chapel. He had the opportunity to be a part of the “Good News on the Move” team (evangelical ministry) where he shared the gospel and taught the Word of God across the US for 9 months.  Scott felt burdened to serve in his home town and now works for Herr Foods Inc. in Nottingham PA.  He is involved in multiple Bible studies and a local youth ministry ranging from age 7 to 18.  Scott and his wife Andrea have a beautiful daughter Ella.

Sherri Jason

Sherri and her husband Chris are in happy fellowship at Thorold South Gospel Chapel in Ontario, Canada.  She is involved in serving as an elder’s wife in various areas and particularly enjoys being involved in music ministry and working alongside the other believers in her assembly.  Along with raising their five children, she stays busy with assemblyHUB and other ministries.

 

Scott Thomson

Scott Thomson made a profession of faith early in life. However it was during his late teenage years when he obeyed the call of the Lord Jesus to repent. Luke 5:32. In December 2012 Scott and his wife Mary were commended to full time Christian service by the North York Gospel Chapel. Scott maintains an itinerant Bible teaching ministry and regularly contributes to the Why We Web blog as well as his own blog, Digital Sojourner. Scott and Mary have 3 children.

6 Responses to Should Santa Claus Be Invited To Christmas Dinner?

  1. Barefoot Hippie Girl

    I loved this article and the views expressed in it. You presented a very rounded bunch of perspectives. So, kudos on that.
    We have 4 kids and we do not personally do Santa. No cookies to him, no gifts from him, etc.. I do have some ornaments on our tree that are Santa Clauses. We maybe even purchased them-as opposed to being gifted them. Santa is a very cultural thing. You drive down the road and see Santa Claus inflatables. Obviously there is a Santa, even if he is only a fictional or mythical creature (though loosely based of fact). I see no problem with admitting the existence of Santa in those contexts. There is no Elsa and Anna from Frozen either, but enough Christians are wearing their gear and have Frozen themed parties. It really isn’t much different.

  2. Thomas Eseha

    I was raised in a nominal Christian home where Santa was just part of the whole Christmas season and not much was thought about it and I actually considered the whole idea a bit “silly” much as I did with any of the other holiday figures, they were sort of non-issues in my mind, but then that’s me.

    Later as a believer and a father I remember one day noticing that Santa actually spells Satan and I felt uncomfortable about that, in fact we used to say that Santa Clause is Satan’s Cause. Having said that I don’t feel we need to “overreact” but simply make it clear that Christmas is all about the birth of Christ and who He is and why He came that should fill our thoughts and hearts at this time of year. What a wonderful time to speak about the GoodNews. Thank you Lord for Christian Liberty.

  3. Janie Fritchey

    What do the Fritcheys teach their boys about Santa?:) We teach them that Saint Nicholas was a REAL man. He lived many years ago and because of his love for God was convicted to give to the needy. He was a good, kind man, he died but people like to pretend to be him. And the people pretending to be him dress up and call themselves Santa! People have made up details to his story which was done long after Saint Nicholas passed away. I think instead of making a gap between “us” (Christians) and “those people who lie to their kids about Santa” (the world)that this is yet again another opportunity for us to find a common ground and reach out to others. What if we taught them about Santa?! The REAL Santa? What if we told them about how Saint Nicholas loved God and put that love into action by giving to the needy? What if we acted more like Santa and gave more to the needy? OBVIOUSLY we teach our children most importantly about Jesus- and on Christmas we celebrate His Birthday! My boys are so excited to sing Happy Birthday to our Lord! But I am convicted to take an opportunity like this (Santa) to reach the unsaved world. Believe me- we have created enough gaps between Christians and those who have yet to believe in our Savior.

  4. Crawford Paul

    My experience is almost identical to Scott Duncan’s. I loved the whole Christmas thing but my parents made sure that I knew who the Lord was and never gave Santa an equal standing. I don’t remember when I stopped believing in Santa but it was pretty young.

  5. Mariner Eccles

    My 2 sisters and I grew up believing in Santa. Over time, we all figured out Santa wasn’t real. However, I don’t believe for one instant that I ever doubted the existence of God when I realized Santa wasn’t real. And as far as Santa being attributed Godlike qualities, has anyone ever thought that the magical story of Santa could be used as a platform for proving the existence of God? I have. You never see Santa, but yet you have faith he exists. You never see God, but you have faith He exists. I have always felt because of that allusion that it is actually easier to believe in God and have faith because we did the same thing with Santa. God can use anything to spread the Gospel, and I see Santa as a valuable way of doing that.

    • Mike Dilione
      Mike Dilione

      Mariner I think you would have to explain how Santa is a valuable way of spreading the Gospel. That was one of my points, Santa is work based, you get gifts when you are good and not when you are bad. The Lord Jesus is a grace gift. We did nothing to deserve the gift of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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