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Monday, December 6, 2010

Is Santa really real, Mom?

I usually play up the whole Santa thing pretty good. We leave him cookies and milk. After the kids are asleep we drink the milk and leave only crumbs on the plate. We make reindeer food and sprinkle it in the front yard. Yes, I scrape it up in the middle of the night so it's gone the next morning. Santa's gift is always wrapped in some sort of shiny paper that none of the other gifts are wrapped in. We fill stockings to the brim, and pretend we have no idea how he got in since we don't have a chimney.

I love Christmas-everything about it! But this year, I've felt convicted that perhaps we take the Santa thing too far. I certainly don't let Santa get the glory of the season. That is for Jesus! We absolutely focus on Christ more than anything, and Santa is just someone special who has Jesus in his heart. Santa is a faithful servant of Christ. He reminds us give to others. This is all the stuff I say when asked about the guy in the red suit. But this year, I feel different. Should I tell my little guy that Santa's not real? Please don't answer that.

I asked Hubs about it, who is pretty anti-Santa. He thinks it's mean to lie to little kids, and set them up for disappointment. But when I asked him if he thought we should tell our little guy the truth, he wanted to wait.

Ok, so it's all not so true. But, it's part of being a kid, right?

Strangely this year, he's been asking me lots of questions. I'm gonna keep praying about it, and let God work it out. I've been doing a pretty lousy job at answering said questions, too.

Little man: Is Santa really real, mom?

Mom: (Oh, God. What do I say?) What do you think? (That's the best I could do.)

Little man: I don't think he is, but I don't get why we feed the reindeer?

( comment...Is he going to keep this conversation going, or is that it?...Yup, that was it.)

This is my absolute favorite ornament. Has anyone ever seen this? The poem on the back brings me to tears every year. This past year my ornament was ruined in our shed. Sniffle sniffle...It's still hanging on our tree, but the poem on the back is not legible anymore. Thank God for the Internet!

Santa's Christmas Prayer- Ornament

This is the poem that reads on the back...I have no idea who the author is? It's not me. (That should clear up any copyright problems, right?)

Santa's Christmas Prayer
On Christmas Eve the other night
I saw the most amazing sight,
for there beneath the Christmas tree
was Santa kneeling on his knee.
His countenance was different than
that all-familiar, jolly grin;
his head was bowed, with hand to breast,
and slightly tucked into his vest.
For there in a nativity
was Jesus and His family,
and as I heard him start to pray
I listened close to what he'd say.
"Lord, You know that You're the reason
I take pleasure in this season.
I don't want to take Your place,
but just reflect Your wondrous grace.
I hope you'll help them understand
I'm just an ordinary man,
who found a way to do Your will
by finding kids with needs to fill.
But all those centuries ago,
there was no way for me to know
that they would make so much of me,
and all the gifts beneath the tree.
They think I have some hidden power
granted at the midnight hour,
but it is my love for You
inspiring the things I do.
And so when they begin to open
gifts for which they have been hoping,
may they give You all the glory,
for You're the One True Christmas story."

Be sure to check out what we're up to during Advent!
I typed up some useful Advent verses for you, so feel free to print them below!

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At December 7, 2010 at 7:32 AM , Blogger Annette said...

Hi! I'm a new follower! I really enjoyed this post. My husband and I go back and forth about whether to tell or not each year. Our oldest is 6 1/2 this Christmas and we are still keeping up the facade. This poem is just perfect!!! Thank you for sharing!

At December 7, 2010 at 2:51 PM , Blogger Kimberly said...

But, reindeer are real! I wonder if he thinks they handle the sled all on their own without Santa..
r maybe your local neighborhood reindeer eat the food in the yard...LOL

I never believed even as a kid, my husband's family didn't do much Santa stuff either, so we just never thought to do it with our kids.

(stopping by from the Hop)

At December 7, 2010 at 3:43 PM , Blogger Shell said...

I do hate the idea of telling my kids a lie...but then again, I want them to experience the magic and wonder of Christmas. And I don't want them to be the ones to ruin it for their friends, either.

At December 8, 2010 at 6:16 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

I laughed at your son's though about feeding the deer. Kids' minds are amazing. Very lovely poem.

At December 8, 2010 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Heidi said...

Our eldest also kept asking "Is Santa Real?" this year. I responded the same as you, mama, with, "What do you think...?"

Needless to say, the Santa secret is 'out' in our house this year - but it's all good. I'll be sharing the story soon 'round my parts!

At December 9, 2010 at 2:11 AM , Blogger Helena said...

Wow, I've never heard that poem before, and I really like it. I was just talking about this with Kurt tonight- how someday we will have to do the Santa thing, but still keep Jesus at the center of the season. this ornament is kind of perfect.

At December 12, 2010 at 7:52 PM , Blogger Liz said...

my mom bought my girls a figurine of santa holding the baby jesus for that very reason.

also, i think your idea about reindeer food is fabulous!


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