Christians Mixed About Celebrating Santa Claus
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Should Christians participate in Santa Claus?" Bill Cooper, president of ChristiaNet, stated, "Christmas is about celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ not Santa Claus."
Out of 2,400 Christians surveyed, 45% believed that Christians could celebrate Santa Claus during the holiday season. Many thought that this celebration was a harmless tradition, "The belief in Santa Claus is a tradition and nothing more. It has nothing to do with a Christian's belief in Christ and is not wrong." Others in this category felt that Christ himself gives permission, "Jesus came to break the shackles of the law and to give us freedom. He knows the motivations of our heart." Most however, felt that, "As long as you explain to your children the real reason for the season and don't lie to your kids about Santa actually coming down the chimney, its okay."
Forty-three percent of survey takers felt that it was not alright to celebrate the image of Santa at Christmas time. Some even stated, "The word Santa means Satan!" Others stated that, "We should be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ alone for the season, not the gifts that a fictitious character will bring to a child down a chimney!" One poller felt that, "Celebrating Santa is a pagan custom and it also starts the habit of lying to children. If we want our children to trust us about the reality of Christ, then we shouldn't lie to them about Santa Claus."
Twelve percent of poll takers were unsure. Many in this group said that they celebrated both Santa and Christ, "We celebrate both in our house. The kids know the real reason for celebrating Christmas, but we add a little fun by bringing Santa into the mix." One survey taker stated, "Santa Claus came from the actions of St. Nicholas. He was a Christian Saint who helped needy children by dropping presents off at their door step." Still, others in this group were unsure because they felt that, "The decision should be made by each individual family. As long as they are not making a weaker Christian stumble, it's fine."
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