As a parent I have noticed quite the division between Christians regarding Jesus or Santa at Christmastime. I kind of understand both sides, and it is definitely a family's personal choice. But I guess my thought is why does it have to be an either/or argument. Why can't we enjoy Santa and celebrate Jesus at Christmas. To me, Santa Claus is a fun fantasy. Yes, I know it is based on the legend of good ole St. Nick. But in our day and time, it is just a really fun story that has been passed on for years. I think it is important for kids to engage in fantasy. It encourages their imagination and strengthens their innocence. And most importantly, because it is FUN! We are doing the whole Elf on the Shelf thing again this year and my daughter wakes up everyday with delight trying to find her elf, Baxter. I think deep down she knows that the elf is just a toy but her innocent faith allows her to enjoy the tradition.
Don't get me wrong here, I have no desire to make Christmas all about greed and presents and selfishness either. I want my children to understand the true Christmas Story and celebrate Jesus' birthday too! We blend it all together. Hailey's favorite decoration is her Little People Nativity, she sings both christian and secular carols, and we read both christian and secular Christmas books.
I don't know many Christian adults whose faith was hurt by believing in Santa as a child, do you? :) The point is that you have to do what you feel is right for your family. For us Santa is okay. For others it may not be. However you do it, hope you are having an awesome Christmas season!!