Motherhood is filled with countless decisions on how to raise your own children. It’s difficult and takes more than a modicum of intelligence to do it right. In fact, Good Morning America released an approximate earned salary should mothers actually be paid: $123,000.00 a year! In my mind, a six-figure salary translates to a job that actually requires a bit of skill! And so it shouldn’t be a surprise when I say it’s hard to know the best parenting decisions. There is no earthly Great Council I can call and ask what the procedure is for XYZ… Do we include Santa in our Christmas?
Brett and I are at “crunch time” in making our current decision. In fact, Brett might already think the decision has been made from last year but I seem to recall some unresolved issues. The item on the table is Santa- he wants the full fantasy and I feel Jesus should be the reality of Christmas.
How do we include or exclude Santa from our family? Some options I’ve seen or heard about include:
1. Playing the fantasy out… Santa is really going to come down your chimney and give toys to good little boys and girl… and by the way, Jesus was born.
2. Telling your kids that Santa is really based on Saint Nicholas and providing them with the truth about St. Nick; additionally his alter ego Santa is just a pretense for the enjoyment of small children and their parents.
3. Not to mention Santa at all and focus only on the ‘reason for the season’—Jesus Christ.
4. Pretending in Santa (for fun) but knowing he isn’t the gift giver but our gifts are in celebration for our Savior.
To be concluded…. What will we pick? What I’d like to make our Christmas tradition. How will we compromise?