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To Santa or Not To Santa?

This is the question we, and many other young families I know, are asking ourselves this Christmas- should we “do” Santa or not?  There are a lot of solid Christians on both sides of this issue, and it is a personal decision for every family.

I recently found a thought-provoking article by Thabiti Anyabwile explaining why Santa is not a part of his family’s Christmas.  You can read it here. I particularly like his response to this common objection:

A fair number of parents have, almost in panic, expressed concern that should there be no Santa Claus their children would not have fun at Christmas…  No doubt Christmas is fun. Even as parents, we get great delight from seeing our children’s faces as they rummage through the boxes and gifts. But the implication here is that Christmas without the trappings, Christmas exclusively focused on the birth of the Savior, is boring. The argument implies that there is no anticipation associated with awaiting the celebration of Jesus’ incarnation.

He also, in another article, gives some tips for parents who choose not to do Santa on how to equip their children to answer the inevitable question, “What is Santa going to bring you this year?”

One very important point that Thabiti makes for those of us who choose not to do Santa, is that it must ALL be done in a spirit of humility.  How easy would it be to look at other families who do believe in Santa and decide we are more holy than they are?  That is just not true.  I know plenty of wonderful Christians who do Santa with their children.  And I have already noticed in trying to explain why we are choosing not to do Santa, it’s VERY difficult to do so without sounding self-righteous.  And honestly, even the most humble attempts will still put some people on the defensive.

To sum up the foundation of why we are not doing Santa, I quote one of Thabiti’s Q&A that he gives in the second article:

Q: “What’s wrong with believing in Santa?”

Ans: “Others can.  But I think it’s better to believe in real things that are wonderful and beautiful, like Jesus.”

ETA: I just found a really good video on youtube of John Piper preaching about the story of Santa vs. the Gospel of Jesus.  Watch it here.

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Lullaby Hymns

Since having J, Hubs and I have spent many, many hours pacing the floors and singing to him in attempts to lull him into dreamland.  During that time, I’ve noticed that most children’s lullabys are seriously lacking in substance.

For starters, most of them are WAY too short for the amount of time that it takes J to fall asleep.  I don’t know, maybe some people out there have babies who can fall asleep in 10 seconds or less, but I don’t.  And I get tired of singing the same 4 lines over and over again.

Also, the subjects of these songs can be atrocious!  Think about singing, “Hush little baby, don’t say a word, Mama’s going to buy you a mockingbird.  And if that mockingbird won’t sing, Mama’s going to buy you…”  The whole song is based on the idea that money can fix everything.  I don’t need to be filling our heads with that nonsense.

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Or let’s sing “Rock a bye baby, in the tree top.  When the wind blows, the cradle will rock.  When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and down will come baby cradle and all.”  What???  Am I the only one who doesn’t see anything soothing about images of my baby and his cradle crashing to the ground in a windstorm?

Ok, enough ranting about lullabys and onto the purpose for this post.  Hubs and I have been singing hymns to J as we walk or rock him to sleep.  They are wonderful to teach your children and personally encouraging for me.  We quickly tired of the same handful of hymns to which we knew all of the words, however, and flipping through the hymnal to find songs that are both soothing and ones you know can be a challenge.

So this morning I put together a collection of Lullaby Hymns to be printed out and kept for easy reference during sleepy times.  Some of the songs may have to be slowed down a bit from how you are accustomed to singing them, but make wonderful lullabys when you do so.  I then decided to post them on here as a resource for any other parents who may be tired of their lullaby options.  So without further ado, I give you:

Lullaby Hymns pdf

Updated 6/14/10- added several new songs and fixed typos

Updated 7/13/09- changed to PDF instead of docx

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