On Thursday of last week I was at work. While I was working (reading Dilbert.com, don't judge me. It was Christmas Eve.) I over heard one of my coworkers freaking out because of something her mother told her daughter. Apparently when her daughter was asked what she wanted from Santa, she said an American Girl doll. Well I guess they are hard to come by and you can't just go and get one without hopping in a car and driving to New York City. So the little girl's grand mother did what any grand mother would do and told her that Santa couldn't bring her the doll because he was dead.
I thought that it was hysterical. My co worker not so much. The girl is ten years old and still believes that Santa brings her presents every December 25. Her mother is a liar. She has been lying to her daughter for 10 years. The grand mother finally told her the truth. The guy had been dead for a thousand years.
I know that a lot of Christians tell their kids that Santa brings them their gifts every December 25. Well guess what. You are a liar too. Lets see what the bible has to say about this behavior.
Exodus 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
In plain English. Do not lie.
1.Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
2.Honor your Father and Mother(which is the first commandment with a promise),
3.That it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.
4.And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Now see how those verses look from the Santa bible.
1.So this tells my children to obey me. (It's okay to lie for years on end.)
2.-3.My children are to honor me and they will long on the earth. (Even if you question how Santa can do all that in one night you must believe me or you will die young.)
4.I should not provoke my kids to anger.(I am going to make them hate me for lying to them for so long and they are going to think that the instruction of the Lord is to lie to your kids because right after they opened their presents from Santa they heard the Christmas story.)
Please stop feeding your kids the Santa mumbo jumbo. In stead tell them how much you love them. Tell them why we celebrate Christmas. Tell them the true story behind Santa Clause. Saint Nicholas was a truly kind man. He cared for the poor and anonymously gave to those less fortunate.
Stop lying to your children. You are breaking a commandment and are only facilitating the breaking of their heart. Love your children more than that.