You are lying to your children. It’s not an innocent story. Your children should always trust that you are telling them the truth. The older they get the more you have to lie to prop up the story.
One day you will ask them to trust you about who Jesus is. But they will have learned that mom and dad are skilled liers practiced in the art of story telling and that whole institutions are set up to fool children into believing a false narrative for feelings of store bought joy and happiness.
You need to tell them that these are fiction stories and only Santa is loosely connected to a historical figure with no magical power.
No you will not be destroying their childhood. You will be rearing them in truth.
Surely tell them not to tell their little friends at school otherwise they may get their friend’s parents upset. #woke
This time of year is about our savior Jesus Christ. No mythical creature is to steal any glory from him.
If we decorate it is for Him. If we give gifts it is to celebrate Him as He was a gift. If we show love it is because He is love.
10. Placing an elf around the house and telling the children that it is their judge. Then as they age they find out it was all a lie.
9. Shopping and paying for a gag gift for people at work that don’t need it and avoiding the red kettle bell ringer on the way in the store.
8. Buying gifts/card for people you don’t even really know at work to gain favor, but not even thinking about the family in need in your small group at church.
7. Telling your children for years that Santa exists and brings them gifts based on their good works that year. Then as they age they find out it was all a lie.
6. Sitting around the tree and wondering why your grown children struggle with feeling inadequate to do ministry because of their past failures.(Santa and Elf affect).
5. Sitting in Christmas service at church and wondering why your grown children struggle to believe there was a Jesus after the whole Santa farce.
4. Struggling to understand why your children can’t believe that Balaam’s donkey spoke, even after carrying on about flying reindeer until they were in first grade.
3. Throwing a fit or pitty party because you didn’t get the gift you wanted to receive for Jesus’ birthday. Then making your spouse or parent feel bad about it.
2. Throwing a fit or pitty party because you gave someone a gift but didn’t receive one from them for Jesus’ birthday.
1. Being upset that family didn’t drive/fly to your house for Christmas day even though you may have only woke up and went to corporate worship at your church down the street three times that year. And they were just with you for a week during Thanksgiving.