The Santa Dilemma

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!) πŸ˜›

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. Β 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. πŸ™‚

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  1. When I was growing up (in a pastors family) we’d tear into the gifts without a thought of the real meaning (even though we knew). My inlaws on the other hand were nominal Christians. When they opened gifts they read the Christmas story first and then opened gifts one at a time so each person could respond to the giver appropriately. My point? Balance! I appreciate your post. I think you are right on! God Bless!

    • Hi Mike! That is what we still do. We open one present at a time and pay attention to each other. You are spot on with balance. That is the word I should have used! Thank you for posting! God Bless you as well! πŸ™‚

  2. I think there is a strong misunderstanding of belief and faith in the modern spiritual community. The hatred for Santa Claus comes from the same ignorance as the ideas that “Martial Arts and Self-Help books are satanic! They teach you devil philosophy and you should always rely on God to do for you.” It’s foolish and blind, cult-like mentality that believes you can’t have faith in God without giving up your ability to recognize anything else.

    It seems like a violation of the very spirit of Christianity. You are meant to understand that it is okay to recognize the value and teachings of other people, as long as you keep your faith with God. These things bring you closer to enlightenment and spiritual fulfillment.

    The “War on Christmas” people are damaging to Christianity. Their Dogma is one of hatred and ignorance. It has no place in a global culture, and in my opinion is the opposite of working in the Spirit of Jesus’ teachings.

    TL;DR: I am Pro-Santa and Pro-God.

    • I agree, Matt. What I find ironic is that these are the same people who put up a Christmas tree and yet doesn’t the Christmas tree have a “pagan” background? It is what you make it. I firmly believe that. I am Pro-Santa and Pro-God as well. Society (too many Christians) forget the teachings of Christ and put themselves on a platform above Him. Sad.

      • Hehehe. I’ve actually spent the last day and a half writing a section of my book about how dogma gets int he way of understanding and spirituality. This was a very timely post as far as where my head has been.

          • It is extremely rough and about 1/3 of the way done with draft 1. I’m not sure how much of it I will rewrite, and how much of it I will cut out. There are some issues of cohesiveness to it right now, but I think the parts I need to cut will make wonderful blog entries.

            I’m looking forward to finishing it by mid spring to have ready to put on the summer reads list. πŸ˜€

  3. I believe in magic and wonder and the kindness of people, and I do it all year long. I have no spiritual attachment to the “reason for the season” and no children in my life, but I still think Christmas is a good thing even though I opt out myself. That’s why I wish more people would do as you do; you are making a conscious choice to live in the good aspects of the holiday season. And though I’m childfree, I think cutting off any source of joy for children is a tragic act, especially in cultures like ours where Santa Claus is everywhere at this time of year. I would think that the children of anti-Claus parents might not really have the advanced thinking skills to keep from being hurt and feeling like they were missing out. And really, that’s a time of their lives that they are never getting back. It should be as full of the good stuff as possible.

    I will say this: I haven’t rationalized myself away from religion, to use the term you used at the end. It just doesn’t move me, and I feel like, to be a true follower of a faith, that faith must move you and inspire you. I do know the feeling of being fully inspired, but neither organized worship nor scripture causes that feeling within me.

    I love that you keep this belief going, that there is joy and wonder in your life and your daughter’s life. I love that you felt strongly enough about it to write this very considered post, and that you are who you are. Your daughter is a very lucky little pumpkin.

    • First of all, thanks for responding Kim. I can see your point in this completely and I respect that. That’s why I love hearing back from everyone – this is partly why I write – because of the topics of conversation we engage in and how I am constantly learning from others. You say that religion, scripture, worship has never moved you or stirred something inside of you and I never thought about it that way. I get that. For me, it totally does stir me— right to the core. But I GET it! I get not feeling the push, the stirring to follow something or believe in something. Thank you for putting it in words that make sense to me. πŸ˜€

  4. Even though religion doesn’t play a big part in our celebrations, I absolutely believe in perpetuating a spirit of wonder. I insist on certain traditions, handed down from my family and my husband’s, in the hope that my children will carry them forward. My mother always made sure that there was a sense of magic at Christmas. No matter what was going on in our world, what sort of upheaval in our family, my mother made sure that we were together and that everyone felt special. My grandmother collected angels, and each year, I would help her mount a huge display in her home. It was time that I treasured. My husband and I still play “Santa,” even though our kids are well past the age of excitedly watching the Santa-Tracker from NORAD.

    Though I’m not particularly religious, I find that the season of goodwill toward others becomes even more important as my family gets older.

    • That’s what it is all about. In your own way you are celebrating and that is what matters. It’s the memories and how each family honors it. It was and is magical for you! I love that. Bless your mother for all she does for your family and for you for also making it a time of wonder. That’s what I’m talking about. πŸ˜€

  5. People NEED a little faith and wonder around the holidays. It’s the darkest time of year, when the light is at its shortest point. I have no doubt that Jesus, God, whomever would want us to celebrate, make merry and find hope, especially after the past 12, no, make that 24 months. Great points in this post!!

  6. Thank you SO much. If I get one more Jesus vs. Santa email I’m going to lose it. Seriously, would any genuine Spirit-filled child of God not know the difference? With much self-control, this was my response to one of those emails,: “Awh, thank you whomever you are. It would be a very sad day if any genuine child of God would not know the difference between Jesus and Santa and sadder if they would ever think of Santa as a competition. Too distinct a passion in my heart to ever make a mistake of identity, ability or position, so distinct that I am at complete liberty to celebrate Santa too. ” Sigh…Unfortunately, I forgot to include one of my favorite verses for this kind of legalism. Titus 1:15 “Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted.” Let us all honor one another’s convictions. That would be truer to a genuine Christmas spirit.

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