The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


What to do about Santa?

Lift up or downplay?

For many families, part of the fun of Christmas is telling children about Santa Claus and watching their eyes light up with stories of the North Pole, flying reindeer and toy-making elves.

But in some homes, parents purposely downplay the role of Santa Claus. Their reasons run the gamut. Some moms or dads want to keep their family focused on Christ's birth. Others view Santa Claus as a troublesome symbol of out-of-control consumerism. And others are queasy about the truthfulness of telling their kids Santa tales.

If you're having second thoughts about the prominence of Santa Claus in your family's Christmas traditions, you're not alone, said Marcia J. Bunge, a professor of humanities and theology at Valparaiso [Ind.] University, an independent Lutheran college.

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