A Tale of Two Christian Families; The Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy & Santa

A Tale of Two Christian Families; The Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy & Santa

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Hi Friends,

The debate among Christians over whether or not to “believe” in fictitious characters such as the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and Santa is a long-standing argument. I am NOT here to debate that. More so, mention the respect we should have for both sides no matter what we practice.

I am a Christian and like most of you, doing my absolute best to raise children that have a heart for the Lord and flourish into well-rounded individuals. Also like you, my husband and I discern what is best for our family. You can disagree with us, but ultimately we are accountable to God, not you. It is up to you to decide to allow your children to partake in the fantasy of these characters or not. And I don’t judge you either way.

A Tale of Two Christian Families; The Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy & Santa

What I am going to share with you is our personal experience with two separate Christian families and the difference that respecting others makes. No matter what they practice in the fine lines of what we deem appropriate or not. As a parent, I believe it is essential to teach our children the difference between right and wrong, but we also need to be careful that we aren’t showing them to judge other children for the differences. The difference between you and I enjoying the Easter Bunny should not be a right versus wrong issue. It is what I do versus what you do; we can live out those choices and still have respect for one another.

Here are two similar families, similar situations, yet different outcomes.

Family #1 – Christian neighbors, missionaries, active in their local church community, and fellow homeschoolers. We had children similar ages, and they would play together almost daily for a period of time. After months of playing and getting to know one another, a conversation ensues between all of the neighborhood kids about the Easter Bunny. My daughter was elementary age at the time, and still enjoying the fun ideas of Santa, The Easter Bunny, and Tooth Fairy. It was a magical time for my daughter, I enjoyed making her light up at the sight of Tooth Fairy glitter and delivering Letters to Santa. We were creating memories and traditions. Today she still talks about her fond memories of special moments we created. But the neighboring family’s daughter was set on making sure my daughter knew the Easter Bunny wasn’t real and in a mean-spirited way. My daughter was upset and in one moment many of the things we enjoyed as a family were gone. I was eventually going to tell her these characters weren’t real but in our own time. In our special way.

Family #2 – Christian friends, beautiful examples of what service to others should look like, and also homeschoolers. Interesting that this family had children the same ages and genders as Family #1. My daughter was close with this family as well, and right before the incident with Family #1 I witnessed all of our kids have a similar conversation. One of those moments chauffeuring kids and I overhear them chatting about Santa; now I already knew that this family did not participate in Santa, The Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy. What I didn’t realize was how well mannered these children would be when the topic arose. As my daughter mentions Santa coming to her house and her anticipation of leaving homemade cookies out for him, these children politely nod along with her; smiling and showing her that they were happy for her no matter what they knew.

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I can tell you that this was such a precious moment, knowing that these children were never brought up to know Santa, The Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy; yet they had respect for someone who did. They never told her she was silly, wrong, or tried to tell her otherwise. They were just sweet, respectful, and loving towards her.

I often think of this moment; I admire Family#2 for the way they cultivated compassionate little humans. Kids will undoubtedly be kids, but not one of these three children tried to spoil my daughter’s excitement.


I think that is what we should strive for, no matter what you decide to do we can still have respect for one another. The Lord governs our rights and wrongs. We celebrate every Christmas with a Birthday Party for Jesus, and Santa brings a few gifts. But our focus, our emphasis is on Jesus. We celebrate the Resurrection on Easter, and we also let our children participate in an Easter egg hunt. But again, our focus our emphasis is on Jesus. Children quickly outgrow the fantasy of these holiday characters; it is a phase much like books or cartoon characters they become infatuated with at times. I grew up believing and participating in these holiday characters my entire childhood. I never once doubted God’s love for me or his existence, and I never once thought my parents lied to me all those years. I am glad my parents let me enjoy that part of my childhood, and my faith is unwavering today.

Let’s teach our children that if another family wants to pretend the Easter Bunny drops some eggs in the yard once a year or the Tooth Fairy takes a tooth and leaves a little glitter behind, that is ok! But if your child is purposely trying to crush others beliefs in a mean-spirited way, that isn’t showing kindness and respect. Let’s teach our children kindness in all things, no matter what. We can disagree and still be kind. We can be different and still be kind.


Comments

  1. I love how you shared this. I grew up with santa etc. but we aren’t doing that with our own kids. I hope we can teach them to approach this topic in a respectful way when they have conversations with those who do believe differently.

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