First of all, I am a Christian who also celebrates Santa Claus at Christmas.
I grew up in a Christian home. I’ve believed in Christ since I was a child. I can honestly say I cannot remember a time when I did not believe or when I was not saved. I’ve questioned, yes. I’ve had doubts, yes. I’ve pondered and wondered but I’ve never been able to turn away from that which I believe. I can’t and what’s more, I don’t want to. That is me. I’m not perfect. No one is and I don’t try to be (at least not all the time!) 😛
I hear of many Christians who reject Santa Claus at Christmas as they believe you cannot believe and be a Christian and also celebrate Santa. I disagree. Ever since I can remember my family and I have celebrated the birth of the Christ child and acknowledged Santa Claus without any issue. The key here is to keep one’s perspective and realize what Christmas is truly about, which is the birth of Jesus Christ. Santa Claus, if you read the history behind St. Nicholas, he was a man devoted to God, a man who shared with those in need. He was the epitome of true giving and love for his fellow man. Since then however, he has undergone an amalgamation of sorts to what we now see as the modern day Santa Claus but the basic idea is still there and at the very core of who St. Nicholas was – he was supposedly a very Godly man.
We always started our Christmas Eve by reading from the Bible, the birth of Baby Jesus. We took turns reading the passages and then it was on to the presents. There was always something from Santa (still is) and there was never any doubt in my mind that he truly did exist. To this day, I still believe in Santa Claus. Yes, I’m a Christian and I also believe in Santa Claus. I don’t want to not believe. Call me foolish, call me whatever you want. But I will never stop believing and I plan to until the day I die. There’s something magical, something priceless about the ability to accept things and to not allow the fact that I’m an adult jade my ability to look upon life with wonder.
Whatever your belief, whether you believe in Christ or not – whether you think Santa is just for kids, I hope you still maintain an element of wonder. I hope you still have the ability to set your “rationalizations” aside and just believe – believe in something. Allow your soul to float among the softly, twinkling stars and snowflake-filled sky and believe in the magic, beauty and quiet holiness of Christmas. 🙂