Christmas: A Time for Make-Believe?

Copyright Dr. Scott Turansky & Joanne Miller, RN. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

What will your family do with Santa Claus, reindeer, elves, and a sleigh? Will you make them part of your Christmas tradition or not? Some families choose to make this one of  those examples of ways that we, as Christians, are different from the world and we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas instead of the secular version.

Other families weave the fun of these traditions into their family life, but emphasize to children the true meaning of Christmas.

If you choose to make Santa a part of your Christmas tradition, teach children the difference between make-believe and reality. You might say, “Santa isn’t real but we like to play the Santa game at Christmas.”

Some children who come to the shocking discovery that Santa isn’t real, question whether their parents are telling them the truth in other areas of life. Some even think, “Is Jesus real? Or is He another thing my parents made up for me?”

Christmas traditions can be a lot of fun. Just be careful what you’re teaching and how children are putting it all together in their heads. And be sure to remind your children often about the true meaning of Christmas.

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