Is Claus a good cause?
My parents had me believe in Santa Claus when I was a child. All the magic. All the fantasies. Inspiring awe and excitement. I believed in him, but at the same time, there were some questions that troubled my mind…
I thought about the kids who didn’t get anything. Where was Santa Claus for them? I mean I knew all about “he’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice,” but did that mean they were all naughty? Even if they were, I had to admit that my sister and I weren’t exactly angels all year long, but yet we got toys every year. So I wondered, why did Santa choose some kids over others?
And what about the kid down the street who was mean, rotten, and cruel all the time but somehow got more gifts and better gifts from Santa? (I bet you remember a kid like that.) So how did this kid who was blatantly naughty get chosen over the nice ones? And then even among the kids who were nice, I wondered why some received more… or less… or exactly what they asked for… or nothing at all?
And what about Jesus? How did his birth play into all of this? Was Christmas about Jesus? or was it about Santa? Who are kids really thinking about when Christmas comes around?
So then the time came when I found out it was all a big lie. Talk about an equally big disappointment. I mean, it cleared up a lot of those questions I had, but that didn’t take away the empty feeling I suddenly felt inside. Do you remember how you felt? Can any of you say it felt good?
So fast forward into adulthood and we find that children are still being told about Santa Claus. We see the nuts that fight each other in the store for the last ones of that popular toy. We see adults worrying if they bought the right gift. We see adults stressing over their diminishing bank account trying to make Christmas ‘special’. We see adults depressed because they can’t afford to buy anything for their kids. But yet, the Santa Cause still cycles on year after year.
Matthew 15 3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?
Romans 12 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Colossians 2 8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit after the traditions of men according to the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
And what about Jesus? Was Jesus born for this cause? Is this cause teaching our children to be appreciative over what they already have? or demanding of what they don’t have?
How about adults? We see family members disappointed and upset with each other because they received things they didn’t want … or things they noticed isn’t as nice as another family member’s… or things that weren’t exactly what they asked for… or nothing at all. Hmm. Does this ring a bell? Wonder from where that was psychologically engraved? So the fights ensue or the silent treatment begins and the hurt continues and the Christmas ‘spirit’ gets dashed again.
Remember Jesus? Isn’t Christmas about Christ? or is it about gifts? Nowhere in the story of the birth of Jesus Christ nor in his teachings does it say to give gifts to each other every year on the day Jesus was born because that’s what the wise men did for him. Yes it’s great if we give to those in need during Christmas, but Jesus’ teaching was about us giving everyday of the year.
How much greater and fulfilling Christmas would be if this is what we instilled in our children instead?