I have one dilemma about Christmas that I will need to figure out in the next few years – what to do about Santa? When she is old enough to understand what we will tell baby? Being in a multi-cultural marriage we don’t have one common tradition – I grew up with Santa, hubby didn’t. I vividly remember the fear of meeting Santa on Christmas Eve – I had been told that if you see Santa he won’t leave you any gifts, a ploy designed to keep us in bed I assume. I remember trying to find the bathroom in the middle of the night with my eyes screwed shut in case I should happen upon the big man! Hubby grew up with none of this.
The beauty of being in a multi-cultural family is that we can make new traditions – taking the best from both and doing things the Soko way. My question is – is Santa a tradition I would want to keep? I know society doesn’t let you easily give him up with pressure to ‘believe’ and not spoil the fun for others – so, what to do? I really want to be a dealer in truth so that Nativity is central to Christmas – Jesus is the focus. So would we be making room for Santa in the nativity?
I remember a mum complaining that the lies she told to her children about Christmas came back to bite her one year. She had threatened the kids that if they misbehaved Santa would not bring them anything – it worked well until the Sunday a few weeks before Christmas when the church collected toys for the Salvation Army appeal. She asked her kids to spend some of their pocket money on toys for kids ‘who would not be getting anything this year’. Her son quickly shot back – well if they hadn’t misbehaved they would be getting something. You can’t really argue with that!
I really don’t know how we will deal with this and are thankful to have a few years before baby would be old enough. Should we be balancing traditions that distract from the true meaning of Christmas with the Truth of Jesus’ rescue mission? The nativity is a picture illustration of truth and light:
John 1:4-9 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. 6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
Surely the truth that God loves us so much is so wonderful that that we don’t need to add anyone else to make it magical? How have you dealt with this dilemma? How do we best glorify God in our families at Christmas with our tradition?