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.
His name is the only one we must believe in for salvation. Jesus is the son of God and is God.
Whoever believes in Jesus will not perish, but will have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Jesus dwelt among us full of grace and truth.
Believe in Him and receive Gods grace.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
John 1:14, 17 NASB
He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders , but which became the chief corner stone. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:11-12 NASB
“You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you.”
Galatians 5:7-8 NASB
Who made you think that you are disqualified from sharing the Gospel?
Who made you doubt that you are truly forgiven and running a race of faith to receive a future reward?
Who has told you that you are not good enough to serve the church established by Jesus?
Who has told you that your failures make you unfit to proclaim His name?
Who hindered you?
Was it the sweet old church lady who said your dress wasn’t long enough?
Was it the one who said you need to cut your hair or shave your face?
Was it the preacher who said you probably aren’t saved if you say a cuss word when you get mad?
Who hindered you?
No person is ever good enough, holy enough or ready enough to be saved, serve or show up to church.
When you believe in Jesus and have faith in Him, God will only see Jesus’ righteousness when He looks at you.
So don’t let others hinder you. Share the Gospel with others. Serve and love others. And let the Holy Spirit do His work in you.
“Then the messenger who went to summon Micaiah spoke to him saying, “Behold, the words of the prophets are uniformly favorable to the king. So please let your word be like one of them and speak favorably.” But Micaiah said, “As the Lord lives, what my God says, that I will speak.”
2 Chronicles 18:12-13 NASB