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Early on my mother told us three children that the stories about Santa were like a game, and not real. She told us that the presents came from Mother and Daddy, not Santa.
Mother told us we could pretend and enjoy the fairy tale stories, and so she took us to the store to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what we wanted in exchange for a candy cane.
Being the oldest and wisest of the three of us, I told my brother that the Santa at the store had on a fake beard, because I could see the green string that held it together.
When it was five year old Allen’s turn to visit Santa, he bent over and tried to look under Santa’s beard. Santa laughed, and asked him what he wanted for Christmas, and although startled, Allen told him an electric train.
Santa laughed again, and said, I have been watching you, and you have been a very good little boy, so I will do my best to see that your wish is granted. Taking the candy cane that was offered to him, Allen wondered if perhaps this was truly Santa after all.
He wondered some more when Christmas came, for he was not disappointed when a smaller version of the electric train that he had dreamed about was under the tree.
All three of us enjoyed playing with that train and later it was set up in our basement so Allen could play with it anytime he wanted to.
When our own children came along, we told them that we would play the Santa game of pretend, but we would not lie to them and tell them Santa was real. They enjoyed visiting Santa at the Mall and telling him of their desires - - and getting the offered candy cane.
I have heard of some children once they discover that Santa is a story and not true, are very disillusioned, upset and angry at their parents.
They reason, if Santa is a Fairy tale, then they begin to wonder if all the amazing Bible stories are true, and if Jesus is real. Some of the Bible stories of miracles and people coming back from the dead are hard to believe, they think to themselves.
Planting faith in the heart of a young child and teaching them to believe in Jesus is important!
Who sees us when we are sleeping, and knows when we are good or bad?
It is not Santa, but Jesus is the one, who knows every detail of our life.
God does not reward us according to our behaviour, although many times he expects better things from us.
When a person, big or little invites Jesus into their heart and life, they will know that God is real and where truth is.
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