Written by Milton J. and Pamela K. Orgeron, M.A., Ed.S., BCCC, ACLC, Author
Although we believe the legend of Santa Claus has merit, we believe teaching the modern-day depiction of a jolly old man in a red suit delivering packages on a sleigh around the world once a year does not line up with Scripture. Why? Because it’s a lie. The Scriptures clearly frown on lying and deceiving others:
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)—
16 These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.Psalm 101:7 (NKJV)—“He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house;He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.”
The spirit of generosity and thoughtfulness in giving to others needs to be taught over anticipation of gifts we may receive and comparing them to what others receive. Children should be taught from an early age why we really celebrate Christmas (the wonder and miracle of the Incarnation). Don’t get us wrong. We see no harm in creating a surprise and delight for a child on Christmas morning in enjoying (modest and reasonable) presents that have appeared under the tree overnight. However, the reason for giving gifts at Christmas needs to be linked to the Christmas story where the magi from the East delivered gifts to Baby Jesus.
I (Pam) recall in our home as a child, the labels on the presents always read “From Santa”. Today when I wrap packages to put under the tree, I always label the gifts “From Jesus”, as He is the ultimate provider of all our possessions.
We encourage you to keep Jesus Christ at the center of your Christmas. He alone is the real reason for celebrating the season.