This is an actual google search that landed on my website about a year and a half ago.
And to tell you the truth, this is scary. It’s a very good question and one of the reasons my husband and I chose not to do Santa Clause, the Easter bunny, tooth fairy, or anything else that’s make-believe.
Since God cannot physically be seen (like Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy), it requires a certain amount of belief on man’s part that He is out there (this is called faith). Of course, people do see God or experience His presence or get a word from Him. But for the most part, these are few and far between and not everyone has these experiences.
I believe when kids discover that Mommy and Daddy are really the tooth fairy or Santa, they are confused, disappointed and feel let down. People feel this about God as well. We become angry at God when we don’t understand what He is doing in our life or bad things happen. Little kids feel the same way. They don’t understand. It is our job to give them the tools (the faith) to understand (as much as God allows us to anyway).
You can argue the innocence in believing in Santa Clause all day long with me. What it boils down to (for me) is this:
In this fleeting world, I want my kids to know they can come to me with anything and they will get the truth. When TV, the Internet, or their friends tell them one thing and I say another, I don’t want them to ever doubt who’s telling the truth: me.
Nor do I ever want them to doubt who’s really watching if they are good or not: God. I don’t want my kids to behave or do the right thing because of Santa Clause. I want them to behave and do what is right because God is watching them. I don’t want them to think Easter is about some floppy bunny. Easter is about what Jesus did on the cross for them and everyone else. Period. Nothing else.
And the Tooth Fairy. You have to draw the line somewhere. And to me this is the most fantastical. I won’t pretend to say I know how this myth got started but to ask my children to believe some little person with wings flies in and puts money under your pillow all because you lost a tooth is a BIG stretch, don’t you think?
I’m all about imagination. But I want my kids to know it’s imagination. And I want my kids to know what’s real. But most importantly, I want my kids to know WHO gave them the brain to imagine: God. And it’s all about Him. Nothing more. Nothing less.
End Note: This is a very old post I decided to resurrect after being accused of ruining a little girl’s belief in the tooth fairy because she googled and found a previous post of mine (read this and the argument I had with her mother HERE).
I want to urge parents to think through these decisions instead of blindly following society’s lead that emphasizes secularism. I believe faith in God is crucial in this world–not only to get to heaven but to survive in this increasing-chaotic society we live in. Faith is the crux. And if children don’t have faith in their parents to tell them the truth in this world how will they have faith in God?
This is my opinion of course and you are given the Free Will by God Almighty to choose what you like.