Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Why Santa isn't Invited to my Christmas Party

**DISCLAIMER: This post shares my own personal opinions and views.**


This year, I had an epiphany. I’ve had many epiphany’s really, but this one was..EPIC. A few years ago I began to celebrate Hanukkah (keep reading for an explanation of what Hanukkah is!) in addition to all of my normal Christmas festivities. It began with a simple gift exchange with my closest friends--me giving them typical “Christmas” gifts, and them giving me super awesome Hanukkah gifts. One of those gifts was this super cute homemade pillow one of them hand sewed! I still use it every night. It then progressed with me actually purchasing a little golden Menorah which I still have (somewhere in my room). Now, at that time, I wasn't celebrating Hanukkah for any specific reason. I was simply celebrating it because I loved the tradition of it! I went through a phase in my life when I was obsessed with Old Testament (Jewish) traditions. I wasn't seeking Judaism, I was simply embracing it. . Of course I believe that Jesus died for our sins, and fulfilled the law, but I also believe that He did not come to make the Old Testament or all the miracles that were performed by God before Him irrelevant. I LOVE some of the Jewish traditions. What can I say? I just love traditions!

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Which leads me back to my epic epiphany: I will celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas. The reasoning behind this are endless. I began thinking about this issue a few months ago, when friends and I were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the 'Most Wonderful Time of the Year'.  When people are asked what their favorite part about Christmas is, you will hear a variety of answers. Some say it’s the Holidazzle parade, Christmas markets or maybe the fancy seasonal drinks from Starbucks (one of my personal favorites), or Black Friday sales.

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However only about 3 times out of 10 will people mention the birth of the Saviour among their favorite part of the season.(that statistic is totally made up BTW but you get the point, right??), or the togetherness, warmth that comes from serving others. It's become so artificial!
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Now, before you label me as a Christmas Grinch and tell me that I will be depriving my children of years of happiness, hear me out.  


Why would we celebrate Hanukkah? Why not just exchange gifts?


1. Christmas should be about the love of Christ. About spreading "good cheer" and serving others. About being surrounded by family and friends doing good for others. It should be more about giving than receiving. Hanukkah is all about family. The tradition behind it is one that is customized with every family that celebrates the holiday. I suppose you could say that we could still celebrate Hanukkah and be greedy. After all, gifts are still given to the children, but the story behind the gifts is far more fitting for Christmas in my opinion.



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3. Another reason why we will celebrate Hanukkah: Santa Claus is a fictional character. He isn’t real. To say that he exists would be a lie. Why do people like to lie to their children???  Lying to them once (about Santa) would mean you have to lie to them about all of the other fictional creatures that we have made up over the years (the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny, jack frost etc.). Is it really worth one day of happiness per year in exchange of years of lies? I don’t think so. As for me, while we were growing up Santa always brought us gifts. As I got older and realized that Santa wasn’t real I honestly can’t say it really mattered to me. I still got the gifts that I wanted, they were just from ‘mom’ and ‘dad’. Furthermore, to tell children that something that we can’t see is real when it really isn’t, is setting them up for unbelief in God. We can’t see Him, but He’s real. We can’t see Santa but he isn’t.


What is Hanukkah?

Chanukkah/Hanukkah means ‘dedication’ and it is an 8 day celebration that celebrates faith in God as well as the dedication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks. As described in A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays:


“When the Jews cleaned out the temple idols, they found only one small cruse of oil with only enough oil for one day to light their holy lamps.  They decided to light the menorah (the temple candelabra) even with the small amount of oil.  To everyone’s amazement, the menorah miraculously burned for eight days until new oil was available!”

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How do I celebrate Hanukkah?


Most people start out their nights with the traditional Hanukkah prayer, and light the first candle. They then play games and sing songs, and pass out gifts. Traditionally, chocolate coins are given to kids on hanukkah, but now most people give their children gifts, like most kids get on Christmas. Some parents go big, some don’t. Just like Christmas. It really all depends. There's also yummy food like doughnuts, and Latkes and bread and such! And who doesn't like food...YUM.

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So there you have it! This is why I will be celebrating Hanukkah instead of Santa. What about you? What are your opinions on whether not we should celebrate Hanukkah? Would you celebrate Hanukkah as well as Christmas? What do you think about Christians and Hanukkah?

I look forward to hearing some responses! So P
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8 comments:

  1. I didn't realize that not believing I. Santa is a "thing" families are doing now until I saw it on three different blogs within the past few weeks. I think families and parents should raise their children any way they please, but I personally feel it is a sad testament of society when children can't even believe in such an innocent holiday tradition as Santa clause. I grew up with both Santa and Jesus in my life and had no confusion whatsoever. If anything, I think parents wildly underestimate their children these days. Santa may have been rooted in pagan tradition but all traditions evolve, and to most, he is simply an embodiment of the magic of Christmas. Jesus is all about love for your neighbors, and I think a jolly fat man who gives gifts to children all around the world is a perfect steward of that message. But hey, that's just me.

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    1. I appreciate your comment! I agree, I never knew that other people shared my beliefs about this topic, but was surprisingly shocked with the responses I've had and other blogs I've read. I grew up with both as well, and for me, I had no issues with my faith in Christ. However, I just think that even though Santa may bring the Magic of Christmas, it is just opening up a can of worms (other lies) that I would rather not go down with my kids.

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  2. I'll put in a word. I don't like the "Santa lie" either, because I felt so betrayed when I found out. So, I've had mixed feelings all these years. We had Santa, partly because all my family were too. I tried not to be contributing to the lie -- let them believe because they wanted to, but when asked directly, I told the truth. We also tried to minimize what "Santa gave" them, and focused more on what they got from us. We also emphasized Christ in our decorating - lots of Nativity scenes.

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    1. You guys are a great example of families who choose to keep Christ in Christmas :)

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  3. Like you guys I too grew up hearing about Santa and the Savior, however, I cannot really tell if I had been confused whether or not Santa is real. I just feel that the Savior is more real than him.

    I guess the responsibility lies on the parents. When their children asked, they must tell the truth. That Santa is just a myth and then focus on the reality of the Savior Jesus Christ.

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    1. I agree Rambo! Honesty is the best policy :) Happy New Year!

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  4. Thanks for sharing a lot about Hanukkah. I think very less people know about it. Even I got complete knowledge of it last year when there was Hanukkah celebration in one of the Seattle venues. At that time I got to know more about it and now you have enlightened me with some more knowledge.

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    1. Thank you!! It’s been a while since I wrote this post, but I still feel the same way! ❤️

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