We do Santa Claus with our children, but have worked very hard not to lie to them in the process. If they ask is he real, I ask,”What do you think?” Olivia has mentioned that she thought it was her parents because some kids at school thought that too. I asked her again,”What do you think?” and she always ends up thinking that Santa is real.
Emma wanted to know lots of things too, but the one that I love the most is,”Is the naughty list real?” After a particularly long day of getting into trouble, Emma went to bed very sad. When I came up to have our songs and prayers, she wanted to know if the naughty list was real. I said if so, that we would all be on it. We believe that we are all sinners in need of a Savior, so there are not good kids and bad kids (or good people and bad people). She was still pondering whether Santa would give her presents. I once again reminded her that we receive gifts by grace, not because we deserve them. I told her that I had definitely been naughty when I was a child and that Santa had always been gracious to me.
Well the thought of grace turned up again when Emma left her note for Santa:
Her note says,”I love you. Can you give grace? You give a lot of grace. Ho Ho Ho Emma”
My heart could not wait to write her back. Santa left a note that night that thanked them for the cookies and reminded them that they are loved and that the best gift, Jesus, is a free gift of grace. All important gifts are!