Tell Them the Truth

It's unfortunate many traditions associated with Christmas have pagan origins. But rather than making a big fuss about them, we could create traditions that glorify the Lord. One of my aunts insists on us singing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus before we open up presents. That’s a clever way to remind people of the reason for the season.

A woman once asked me if it was okay for a Christian to have a Christmas tree. Personally I’ve never owned a Christmas tree but I'm not against Christians that do. Satan is a counterfeiter and simply perverts or steals things that the Lord has created. I don’t think it’s wrong to use a tree to honor our Savior’s birth even though Bible scholars have determined His birth did not happen on December 25th.

One holiday tradition I am strongly against is parents giving presents to their kids saying they are from Santa Claus. Many people think this is harmless fun. But when I was little and discovered that Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy were all fictional characters, I started questioning God’s existence. Parents who don’t tell their kids the whole truth about St. Nicholas are setting them up for a letdown. 

Recently a television news anchor got in hot water for speaking the truth about Santa Claus. In response to comments made by a co-anchor regarding gift expectations, Robin Robinson of Fox Chicago said on the air, “Stop trying to convince your kids that Santa is Santa…That’s why they have these high expectations. They know you can’t afford it, so what do they do? Just ask some man in a red suit. There is no Santa.”

Angry parents flooded the station with demands for an apology. Although Ms. Robinson did so the next day (possibly to save her job), it’s the angry parents who should apologize to their children for deceiving them. Most kids are taught by their parents not to lie. Why then do many parents not practice what they preach?

If you’re a parent of young children who “plays Santa” but won’t tell your kids the truth, they will eventually learn it from someone else. (I was in second grade when I first heard the truth about Santa Claus from a friend at school.) Don’t lie to your kids anymore. Tell them the truth!

“Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.” - Proverbs 12:22

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