Should Christians Include Santa, Christmas Trees, and Presents In Their Christmas Celebration?

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Episode Summary

Is telling your children to believe in Santa lying? Are Christmas trees rooted in pagan rituals? Does gift-giving nurture materialism in your children? Find out how we structure Christmas and keep it about Christ.

Is Christmas a church adopted pagan holiday or an authentic Christian tradition? How much should we allow the culture to influence our Christmas experience? In this episode, Dale and Veronica share how their family keeps Christmas Christian while still engaging the culture during this special time of year.

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In addition to our teaching time, we usually answer one-two critical questions from our listening audience. If we had a Q&A in this episode you can view those questions at the bottom of this page and hear our responses at the closing of this episode. Also, if you have a question you would like answered on the show, please email us at support@ultimatemarriage.com.

Worthy Quotes From This Episode

  • Tradition is a powerful teacher. Be sure your Christmas traditions are complimenting Christ not competing with him.
  • Kids need reminders of who Jesus is and why He came—that’s what’s so beautiful about the repetition of Advent.
  • Santa Clause is the culture’s replacement figure for Christ.
  • Santa replaces the gratitude of salvation with a sense of scarcity and a heart for materialism.
  • Pretending Santa is real leads to a real possibility of breaking down the trust between you and your child.
  • For many Christians during the Reformation, Christmas trees were an image of the Tree of Life in your house.
  • Is your focus on the gift or on the ultimate gift-giver?

Scripture From This Episode

  • Ephesians 4:25: “Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.”
  • Jeremiah 10:2-4 “Thus says the Lord: “Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the peoples are vanity. A tree from the forest is cut down and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move.”
  • Revelations 22:2 “Through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

Questions Answered In This Episode

  • No questions in this episode.

This Week’s Memory Verse

  • Ephesians 4:25: “Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.”

Lastly, did anything stand out in this show? Do you have any comments, additions or questions? Let us know about them in the comments below.

Written By Dale Partridge
Dale is the co-founder and Editor in Chief at Ultimate Marriage. He is best known as a thought leader on biblical theology, family, and church practice. Currently, Dale is finishing his graduate studies at Western Seminary.
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