In Defense of a Santa-y Christmas

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There’s been a lot of talk about Santa and Christmas here at What She Said, and I want to chime in with a semi-outsider’s point of view.  Confession: when I see Christians discussing how to interact with culture and raise children in the midst of it, I often find myself saying, “Thank You God for not making me a Christian until I grew up!” Because even now, as a believer, it seems to me that Christian Culture takes strange stands against things God just might be using, robbing life of joy and mak … [Read more...]

Santa Truthers

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If you're teaching your kids about Santa, you're afraid that your children will meet one of those kids in school or on the playground.  You know the kind... the ones who purposefully burst the holiday bubble by telling everyone Santa is a conspiracy theory at worst or a myth at best?On the flip side, if you're not raising kids who believe in the big fat man with the red suit, you fear your kids will be the one to ruin it for the rest of the class.How should we -- as parents -- deal with … [Read more...]

The Flawed Theology of Naughty and Nice Lists

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A few years ago, my mother gave me a Christmas pillow on which a picture of Santa's naughty and nice lists was embroidered.  She had a strange smile on her face when she gave it to me and once I looked at it closely, I figured out why:  Both my and my sister's names were on the 'naughty' list.Nice, Mom.Or should I say, naughty?For years moms and dads the world over have preached Santa's naughty/nice list theology to their children.  If you're good, you earn your way onto the ni … [Read more...]


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