Telling The Truth About Santa - Christians Shouldn't Lie
Always Tell The Truth
I have never understood why parents lie to their children about Santa Claus.
When I was growing up in the fifties, Santa Claus had his place. At least in my little world, he was enjoyed as a myth. He had his place alongside Cinderella, Snow White, and all the other Little Golden Book characters and such.
Never did we actually believe that he brought us presents. I can't even recall a friend whose parents told them this lie. Money was tight and long before Christmas, mom and dad would let us know how much they could spend and we would choose our gifts to fit within that budget.
Understanding that it was their hard-earned money that bought gifts at Christmas, helped us to appreciate what we got even more.
Still, we loved to read Twas The Night Before Christmas. We even memorized it. Other fictional holiday stories were enjoyed, but we appreciated them as the fairy tales that fit so well into a child's make-believe world.
I moved away and married a man from another part of the country where it seemed Santa Claus was taught to young children to be a very real giver of gifts at Christmas. My husband had been taught to believe in him and told me of his devastation when he was told it was all a lie.
When the truth is told about Santa, a child is forced to see his parents a little differently. Now he must see his parents as liars, not to mention coming to grips with the fact that what he had believed in for years was simply not true. He must wonder how many other things he has been told by them are untrue.
Throughout the years, I have watched and listened as christian parents battle back and forth concerning this issue of "Do we lie to little Johnny or not?" Not only is little Johnny being set up for a fall, but the parents are ignoring something they should be very aware of. The Holy Bible says in Rev. 21:8, in part, "...all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
As a christian, I fail to understand how a young parent can make the decision to lie to their little ones. It goes against scripture and puts Santa on the same level as Christ in the eyes of the child. Perhaps even on a higher level. After all, he sees Santa everywhere, but where is this Christ you say is the reason for the season? It's a bad decision on many levels.
It's hard enough to train children in the way they should go. If we teach our children that christians shouldn't lie, why do parent's choose to fool a child for the first years of their lives. I've seen it get harder and harder as children begin to question how it's possible for Santa to do all he does. Still, mom and dad continue to choose to weave that web of deceit.
Telling the truth about Santa takes nothing away from the joy of this special season. Children have wonderful imaginations and can continue to enjoy tales of princesses, talking animals, and Santa. It is possible, with Godly training, for a child to put everything into perspective in a healthy manner. But it would certainly help if parents would be the good example and not lie.