do you read them bedtime stories? get/borrow some about the christmas story.
take them to church on christmas day.
set up a nativity scene instead of or under your christmas tree.
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14-12-2011 11:47 #21
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14-12-2011 11:49 #22
I think it's near impossible that they're not EXPOSED to Santa in some way, but that doesn't mean they'll believe. Plenty of people on here don't do Santa - their kids are aware that it's all fiction. Some are religious, others are not.
Your children are only very young - don't worry too much about what they believe yet.
14-12-2011 11:50 #23Senior Member
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Just teach your kids what you want to teach them - short of putting them in a bubble you can't shut out what other people do. Teach them the Christmas stories from the bible, read to them about Jesus and the significance of his birth, involve them in Advent and take them to church.
Why not get their Grandfather to talk to them about it too? Explain what he does as a priest at Christmas and how important that is.
14-12-2011 11:53 #24-
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My kids and all their friends know what christmas means.
the biggest influence will come from you.
Just talk about Santa as something that some kids believe in.
My friend tells her kids, that some people believe in different things and some dont. Santa is one of these. Its ok to not believe in him. Christmas can be special with or without him.
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14-12-2011 11:53 #25
Not religious, but we cope perfectly fine without Santa in our Christmas. While we don't have the same meaning for Christmas that you do, we use it as an opportunity to be with those we love.
You get to dictate what the meaning of Christmas will be for your family. There are several years before they hit school (just going by your signature) so you have plenty of time to share with your children your family beliefs.
Don't worry too much about what happens at school just yet. if you don't want Santa in your Christmas, don't have him. If your children ask about him, then be honest and tell them what santa is about and why you don't include him in your Christmas.
14-12-2011 11:53 #26
Thankfully here in Australia we are allowed to worship /celebrate however we choose, as pp have said you do what is right for your family, Christmas was a celebration made up by Christians to suit them, as pp have also stated they sort of tagged onto the pagan celebration and Hanukkah ( which was around before Jesus who incidentally would have celebrated it)
I am Jewish, I do not celebrate Christmas as a time for Jesus, I celebrate Christmas as a time for family and of course Santa!
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14-12-2011 12:13 #28
"the true meaning" of Christmas is subjective. You believe in the Christian interpretation and that's all good - you're free to believe in whatever you choose. Personally I don't see anything wrong with people making it whatever they want it to be. Ultimately the Christian faith is supposed to be based on love, acceptance, generosity of spirit etc so why would a person of this faith begrudge others a day to celebrate these things regardless of how they do it or what they believe about the origins?
What you teach your kids is your choice, I hope you also teach them about diversity and acceptance.
14-12-2011 13:05 #29
Nowadays anyone who so much as thinks of celebrating this time of year are branded as non-religious people riding on a commercial bandwagon
The true meaning of this celebration actually has Pagan origins.
You can teach your children whatever you like, just omit the Santa part
14-12-2011 15:05 #30
My first thought has already been said by a pp, about how Christians are belittling the pagan celebration of midwinter by bringing Christ into the festival for no good reason.
My second thought, is that by the government declaring days on and/or around Christmas day to be public holidays, non-Christians are restricted in their behaviours of non-observance. We really need to stop the Christian religious holidays from being public holidays before the OPs issues can be resolved.
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