Santa, it’s not you. It’s me. I’m sorry to tell you this but, it’s just not working out. You’ve become, well, high maintenance. And I know, I know~it’s really not your fault. It’s mine. But, I think it’s time we went our separate ways. I wish you well but I don’t want you coming around my friends either. It could get awkward.
Clearly, this isn’t the sentiment of most Santa-loving people. Maybe it should be? I’m not sure.
I really don’t know where we go from here. Santa is a problem. He’s a BIG problem and the ones who say he’s not are lying to themselves. Even those who say Santa is just for kids~lies. Explain then, why from about November 30 to December 24 fathers and mothers will take several hours out of their day to stand in line in a mall. With cranky, hot, tired kids. Dressed up little kids in dresses and vests and dress pants and fancy shoes~uncomfortable little kids who are obviously not into whatever their parents are dishing out. I’ve seen it over and over again.
Children being forced to sit in the lap of a perfect stranger. For the most part 97.9% of you have no clue who this feller is that your children are snuggling with. He might be the nicest man in the world…or he might not. But there you are, plopping your pride and joy into the hands of Old St.Nick, the shoe salesman, who is happy to take your $20 (or whatever it costs) and move on to the next ripe candidate. Will he remember that Johnny wants a mandolin? Will he care that Susie wants a tutu? No. Is he making a list and checking it twice? He is not. It is actually very funny. Oh the lengths we go to in order to satisfy our silly fantasies.
I don’t know what you should do this Christmas with Santa.
I do know that sometimes truth hurts and always truth is freeing.
Struggling to maintain a certain level of mythology and magic as part of your Christmas traditions may be exactly what you are doing and will continue to do. That is completely fine in the context of the season, the holidays, the madness of it all. However, this is totally counterintuitive to a Redeeming Christmas.
Seeking a redeemed Christmas is seeking why Jesus came. If Christmas is going to be about Jesus and His birth;His redemption for mankind in the sacrifice of becoming man, then Christmas can’t be about Santa.
John 14:6 Jesus said, “‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.“‘
John 8:32 “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.“
A Redeemed Christmas is not about Santa. A Redeemed Christmas is all about Jesus.
(I would just like to add that I was going to post something softer and more liberal. I had intended to give permission~`like I have that authority’~ for people to go ahead and make Santa the focus and parade him around and have fun with it like always….but I was sorely convicted. I prayed about this. A redeemed Christmas is all about Jesus. That is what this series is about. I am totally fine with those who choose the other route~the Santa way. I am not here to judge. This is simply what I believe, as I have read the Word and prayed about it for our family. I’m sharing this with those of you who are seeking a Christ-focused Christmas.)
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