Ohhh Santa. He’s holly, jolly and best of all he gives us presents!! So are we the worst parents ever for not promoting Santa this Christmas? Before you call me a grinch keep reading!
When we were expecting our first child, someone asked, “What are you going to do about Santa? Will you tell your children who he is?”
Neither of us had particularly negative experiences with Santa growing up. I honestly can’t even remember when I found out he wasn’t real.
That being said, I don’t think my parents made a BIG deal out of him. I also had an older sister who most likely told me he wasn’t real at an early age. I believed whatever she said! HAHA
So then why wouldn’t we tell our kids about Santa? There are a few reasons for this.
Why We Don’t Do Santa in Our House
First, we don’t want our children to focus on presents.
Christmas is so much more than opening gifts on Christmas morning. Don’t get me wrong I love finding the perfect gift and seeing smiles on my family’s face when they open it!
But we don’t want to feed into the “it’s all about me” attitude. “What am I getting this year!?”
Even though we don’t promote Santa, we still have Christmas magic! We have some Christmas traditions that they kids look forward to all year.
Leaving Santa out of the picture does not leave magic out of the season.
Another big reason we leave Santa out is because we want the focus to be on Jesus. It’s so easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas and get wrapped up in consumerism.
This even happens to me as an adult. I miss the true wonder of His love and focus on temporary things.
We pray our children will come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. And this starts with us. If we don’t share His love with them, how will they know it?
The magic of Christmas is not in the presents, but in His presence.
Lastly, this may sound silly, but we don’t want some imaginary character getting credit for our love and presents!
Our kids really enjoy wrapping gifts for their family. It’s been a great thing for them to experience the joy of giving.
I also don’t like the idea of lying to our kids and having them find out one day the very thing they loved about Christmas isn’t real.
Why We Don’t Tell Our Kids About Santa
Christmas is still magical and our kids are still SUPER excited about the day.
Believe it or not you can have a wonderful Christmas without Elf on the Shelf or Jolly Old St. Nick.
Now our kids still know who Santa is. It’s inevitable that one day they will hear of him.
We aren’t completely eliminating Santa and we certainly aren’t judging people who believe in Santa. We also try not to ruin the magic for other families.
So there it is. We made the decision as a family to intentionally shift our focus to Jesus’ birthday on Christmas and we don’t regret it.
So do you tell your kids about Santa? What are some ways you share the true meaning of Christmas with your kids?