Friday, December 17, 2010

The Santa Clause Debate Continued

A few weeks ago I brought up the Santa Claus debate, and how we were trying to decide what to eventually tell Makenzie. Well, my brother Brad shared with us an article from Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill in Seattle, WA. Dirk and I both really enjoyed what Mark had to say.

In a nutshell he said that he and his wife decided that they would tell their children the truth about Santa Claus but also would encourage the wonder of Santa just as they do superheroes and princesses. Their children know that superheroes don't really exist but still enjoy pretending that they do. Their reasoning for this was that our children are supposed to trust us to always tell them the truth and telling them Santa does exist may skew this. While it didn't skew that for me I do know people who were absolutely devastated and cried when they found out Santa didn't exist.

As a family, Dirk and I are deciding that we will appreciate the wonderment of Santa but will also explain the truth about Santa to our children. I totally see both sides and truly believe that there isn't a right or wrong in this situation. Every family does what they feel is best for them. Neither option is better. I just thought I'd update you all on what we're deciding to do.

If you want to read the awesome article from Mark Driscoll check out his blog post here.

1 comment:

  1. Me and Nat talk about this alot as well (well for the future sometime I mean) :), thanks for the resource!