When we become parents, we are bombarded with decisions to make. From the big time, (religion), to the much smaller, (what’s for breakfast?).
All we can do is decide on things based on personal experience and how it makes us feel.
Doing research and finding outside opinions doesn’t hurt. However, in this day in age, you can find thousands of great arguments for both sides on anything. You could spend hours researching a subject and feel as if you’re running in circles. So, as I mentioned earlier, in the end, you have to do what feels right to you.
When my husband and I were expecting our first born, I couldn’t wait to introduce her to the excitement of Christmas. She’s three now, and she FINALLY understands what’s going on. She’s ready to FEEL the magic.So why is it, I feel a little twinge of guilt when I tell her about Santa? I’m concerned that when she finds out the “truth” she’ll peg me a liar.
That said, here are the reasons we are sharing Santa with our kids:
1. I Loved Santa when I was little.
The feelings of Christmas, the magic, and the fun, are directly linked to Santa.
I remember asking how he got in through our tiny little chimney. My big brother made something up and I went happily on my way.
When I found out the truth, I was almost six. My friend told me on the bus like it was nothing. I pretended I knew already, because I think on some level I did. My first thought was, ‘yeah, I guess its about time I know.’
I never considered my parents liars, I appreciated their efforts to keep magic alive at such a fun time of year.
2. He was a real person.
Back in the day, there was a man that actually visited children and gave them gifts. Sure, the red suit and white beard is courtesy of Coca Cola, but all traditions start somewhere.
When the littles find out we are actually Santa, we can tell them stories about good old St. Nick and discuss what he was all about.
Christmas is surrounded by tradition. We want our kids to experience it all.
We want Rudolph and his other flying friends to be something they look for when no one is watching.
We want them to listen as hard as they can for sleigh bells and a hearty “Ho! Ho! Ho!”
We aren’t the most religious parents, but we also want our kids to know why we celebrate Christmas. The birth of Jesus deserves to be talked about, especially this time of year.
4. Gentle encouragement to get the kids to behave.
I’m never going to threaten with Santa. But, perhaps a reminder “are you being good this year?” won’t hurt.
5. Deep down, we all want to Believe.
Wouldn’t that be so cool? A warm, fuzzy grandpa type flies around the entire world delivering gifts to every well behaved girl and boy. So many Christmas movies show how much every adult still wants to believe.
My entire theme for this post.
Christmas is magical. And I truly believe that Santa is a huge reason why. It takes faith and believing in the illogical. The little thought “just maybe,” makes a little one too excited to sleep.
Sure, getting gifts is fun and exciting. But getting them as a reward for being “good” all year from a guy that had those gifts made especially for you? That’s magic.
Sharing Santa with our children might be risky. I just hope when they do find out, they are able to recognize our true intentions.What is your family’s stance on Santa? Do you believe, or did you tell your kids the truth?