Okay, I'm going to jump on the ban wagon and ask the question that has been on several of my blogger friends minds.
Santa or no Santa?
How do you feel about it?
I'm still very undecided at this point how I will approach the Santa issue with my children. Since Alexis isn't even 3 yet, I don't think I have to worry too much this year.
I was never a huge Santa fan as a child. I never even remember believing in him. I don't remember Mom and Dad making a huge deal about the presents under the tree coming from Santa. As far back as I can remember, I knew they came from Mom and Dad, not Santa. And besides, I knew there was no way Santa could fit through that little door on our wood stove since we didn't have the actual fireplace!
I love Christmas trees, and lights, and giving and receiving presents, and all the wonderful things that make Christmas what it is. Especially that it's when we celebrate Jesus birth. Santa has never played a big role in how I see Christmas. I can remember my parents always being a little critical of the whole Santa thing, because it down played what Christmas is supposed to be about. And it made it feel like a very materialistic holiday because you just want, want and want as a child.
So, with all of that being said, I don't think I'm going to try and encourage Santa Claus for my children. Yes, I know that everywhere around them people will talk about Santa and that is fine. If they choose to believe in Santa, so be it. I won't just flat out tell them they can't and there is no such thing as Santa. And if it comes to the point that they believe in Santa, I will put a present or two under the tree from Santa, but they will know that all of their presents come from Mommy and Daddy as well. I'm pretty sure I'll wait to put out all their presents on Christmas morning while they are young simply because it is exciting to wake up and see all the packages under the tree. I think there is enough magic to Christmas without making Santa the main focus.
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