CHRISTmas [Sunday, Dec. 05, 2004, 12:44 pm]
Merry Christmas! Notice I said Christmas rather than "Xmas". I hate that stupid shortening of it. I think it's obvious as to why it's done. I didn't know this, but apparently, at our local elementary school, teachers aren't even allowed to say or write the word "Christmas". It's "the holiday season". Oh puh-leez.
Children are also hushed up for daring to suggest that Santa Clause doesn't exist. Apparently "freedom of speech" only applies to those who aren't mentioning anything to do with God. I'm so glad I was homeschooled.
I've never seen the point of parents lying to children and telling them that Santa Clause is real. When I have kids, I'm going to tell them the truth: St. Nick was a real person, but Santa Clause isn't. It's perfectly fine to pretend about him - children need to pretend. But they also need to know the difference between pretend and real. I especially worry when Christian parents tell their kids these things. "Santa Clause is real; The Easter Bunny is real; The tooth fairy is real; Oh yeah, and there's a guy named Jesus who's real too and died for your sins." Later, children all learn that there's no such thing as Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy - so why are we so surprised when they fall away from their faith in God too?
Children really want to believe that there's someone who's bigger than them - it's only natural. Unfortunately, that belief is oftentimes directed towards someone who has a lot of the same attributes as God ("he sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good..."), but isn't God. I don't think they need to lose those beliefs as they get older - they just need to attribute them to someone who's real, not just a fake made-up character.
My version of this song...
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