My wife and I are expecting our first child this May. This Christmas, we realize it’s our last Christmas without actually having another member of our family. We were getting excited about buying presents, taking pictures, etc. Then we hit a snag: What do we do with this silly Santa Clause idea?
I mean we both grew up being taught about Santa and such. But we want our children (hopefully there will be several more down the line) to grow up not just keeping Christ in Christmas, but keeping Him as the FOCUS of Christmas. We know going to the Vigil and Morning Masses and telling the kids about Jesus will help.
But we don’t want to just leave our child without that special moment of joy that seems to pass once we grow up. There is just something about waking up Christmas morning and looking for those special gifts. When you’re older, joy is found in more long-term, spiritually important things and the special moments of outbursts of joy seem to kind of become more rare. While the children are still young it’s nice to capture those moments when we can.
The best idea we came up with was telling them that they get 3 gifts from the 3 Kings, because Jesus got 3 gifts on His birthday. But I thought I’d ask the other Catholic families on here how they balance this situation. Some make the argument that every other kid will know about Santa and if our kid doesn’t grow up learning about Santa, we could possibly “ruin it” for them. Of course, by the time our child is 20, every other person they’re around will probably think contraception is totally fine as well, and we don’t get too worried about “ruining” anything for them.
So, Catholic families…how do you do Christmas without Santa but still keep some sort of special mystery in it for the kids?