Since every parent lies to their kids that Santa Claus exists does that mean every Christian lies?
Before I can answer this question, I should ask whether lying is
always a sin. Is telling a lie in order to avoid evil a sin?
Supposing a person bent on murder asked where his intended victim
is, would you answer truthfully or would you send him to the wrong
place? Saint Augustine would say that even in this circumstance,
you must tell the truth, but most people would admire the
If I have explained that lying need not be wrong (unless the
intention is wrong), then I can say that telling a young child that
Santa exists is telling a lie to which no guilt is attached. Most
Christians I know, as well as millions of non-Christians, do
First of all, not every parent, Christian or not, tells their
children that Santa exists. There are some parents who, for one
reason or another, do not tell their kids that there is a
rolly-polly man in a red suit that lives at the North Pole and
brings presents in a sleigh pulled by reindeer on Christmas Eve.
However, for the vast majority of parents who do tell their kids
that Santa exists, it is technically a lie if they portray him as
described above and say he brings presents on Christmas Eve. That,
of course, is not only true for the Christian parents, but
non-Christian parents as well.
In a broader sense, though, I would consider it to be a harmless
Christmas tradition, except, of course, in very rare cases
of children who believe it actually has harmed them for life. In
those cases, I believe the probability that other psychological
factors exist that have contributed to the harm are extremely
How do you know every parent tells their kids that Santa Claus
Very few of the Christians I know tell their children about Santa
either. He is a non-existent being, with many of the attributes of
the true God, who IS true. We want to promote trust not distrust
and to point children to a God who is really there for them.
Most kids grow up and gain enough wisdom and sense to tell that
there aren't any boogeymen or santa Claus or monster in the closet.
Usually, as he said before, they aren't traumatized by being
lied to about those things, for they are bedtime stories that are
just as real as Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.
Though, it is better for the parents to become their kid's Santa
Claus, so that they know who it is, or they will eventually, who is
giving them their presents.
Although, I fault my parents for letting me pick my own presents
and forcing me to watch them get wrapped up and get stuck under a
tree for a month! That was traumatizing for sure!
My wife and I spoke about Santa around the kids, but made sure
the kids knew the true meaning of CHRISTmas as the celebration of
the birth of the Savior Christ.
The Christian Christmas is actually the celebration of the birth
of Jesus Christ, not the celebration of Santa Clause. The holiday
of Saint Nicholas is a European holiday where presents are left in
or around shoes by the Saint who loved children. He was actually of
the Christian faith. In America, these traditions have blended into
our American Christmas. ( I have yet to see Saint Nicholas
portrayed as over weight ) If you would like to know more about
Saint Nicholas, try www.stnicholascenter.org for further