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4 Reasons to Tell Your Child the Truth About Santa Claus || So what's terrible about letting children believe in Santa? Discover the 4 reasons why you should tell your child the truth about Santa...

When I was a child, I remember walking in on my family wrapping gifts in the middle of the night.

This was how I found out the truth about Santa Claus. I was devastated and heartbroken!

santa claus: gifts

It’s not just finding out that the jolly gift-giver isn’t real. It’s having all the magic of Christmas dwindle because I had nothing equally as magical to replace it.

Focusing On Santa Claus

So what’s terrible about letting children believe in a little magic? Because children tend to focus on what the magic gives them instead of the true reason for the season: Christ.

And though some believe that a little fictional story is harmless, ask yourself why Santa Claus is more celebrated in our culture than Jesus? Why are we participating in something that directs us away from Christ and all that he stands for?

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The truth is that we gain something by participating. Believing in Santa generates obedience, excitement, special memories, and social acceptance.

Concerning Dedication

No child wants to be naughty when they could get coal in their stocking! And no parent wants to have their child left out when all their friends believe in Santa Claus!

So we justify ourselves. We participate in the lie because our parents did it, our kids will get over it, and everybody seems to do it.

santa claus: little boy

But it’s not only the justifying that’s concerning. It’s that there’s a lack of dedication to truth, which God detests:

These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19)

Justifying to Gain

God hates lying, no matter how minuscule the lie is. Because lying is done to persuade, manipulate, or gain an advantage.

We justify lying about Santa so that our children don’t miss out on magical childhood memories. But, in truth, they learn that Santa Claus is much more fun than Christ because he brings them what they want.

santa claus: wants

After all, salvation can’t be wrapped and placed under the tree and the fruit of the Spirit can’t be eaten on Christmas day! So, by providing 4 reasons to tell your child the truth about Santa, I hope you will see that celebrating Christ is much more rewarding than celebrating a myth.

1. Gifts

Santa gives children what they want. But Jesus gives much more than just wants; He gives the fruit of the Spirit, spiritual gifts, and eternal life!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

santa claus: joy

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:7)*For a list of spiritual gifts, refer to 1 Corinthians 12:8-10

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

2. Daily Provision

Santa doesn’t provide daily provisions such as food, clothing, money, shelter, etc. But Jesus does no matter the season and He also provides spiritual provision like comfort and help!

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:26)

santa claus: Christ's provision

“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” (John 6:51)

But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. (John 14:16)

3. Blessings

Santa determines disobedience and punishes with coal. But Jesus’ teachings and life have all been centered on God being the only One righteous enough to administer punishment, while we (humans) are to be co-participants with God in disciplining and blessing one another.

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)

santa claus: blessing

Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. (Proverbs 20:22)

Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also delight your soul. (Proverbs 29:17)


4. Relationship

Santa resides in a desolate place and only comes when children are sleeping, having no contact with them. But Jesus wants a relationship and to reside within them through the Holy Spirit!

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

santa claus: Noel sign

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you. (2 Timothy 1:14)

Revealing Santa Claus

The real Spirit of Christmas is not Claus, but Christ. Because Jesus Christ is real.

So it is up to you to decide how you want to address Santa Claus, but consider starting with the real man behind the myth: the real story of Santa.

santa claus: Christ's love

It’s up to you to determine if participating in the myth is really worth the effort. And it’s up to you to determine if your child is really missing out on the true reason to celebrate the season.

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  1. We have never done Santa with our kids, and I don’t feel like our kids have been slighted in any way. We focus on family and friends and Jesus and I feel like our Christmas season is so much more enjoyable than when it was when I was a child so singularly focused on Santa.

  2. I never thought about it in this light before. My little kids still believe in Santa, but they also know the real meaning of Christmas. Santa is a small part of it!

    • That’s great, Julie! I just hope to have provided some additional guidance on this matter, as God has spoken to my heart on this recently. But I do understand that some parents want to do both and I’m not judging their decision. I only hope to encourage honesty:)

  3. Such great perspective!! This has been such a battle in our home (I’ve given in). My husband grew up with Santa… my childhood had no such thing. We focussed on Jesus (not saying my husband’s family didn’t), and my logical little mind knew Santa couldn’t possibly exist. Our little boys believe in Santa…but we don’t do the “Santa sees you” bit. We remind them God’s heart hurts when we do bad things. I’m not sure when Santa will end in our house, but I’m certain the magic will not be gone. I pray my boys learned the true meaning through our actions and words!

    • You provide great inspiration for divided families on this topic! It’s wonderful to read how you’ve handled it and how you use God as the One that sees the bad things instead of Santa. Thanks for sharing, Katie!

  4. We chose not to emphasize Santa in our home. I think it’s a matter where we can all follow our own conscience, but in our home Santa is just a story people tell.

    • Definitely, Leigh! God convicts each of us at different times and for different reasons, so there definitely needs to be a willingness and readiness. But I do think it is important for parents to seek God on this matter and determine if they are ready to address this topic in their homes.


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