|Yup we do Santa. We grew up with him and wish to pass the tradition down to our children. We teach that Christmas is a time for family and charity.
We are very strong, concertive Christians and our faith is a daily part of our lives
However -- yes we do Santa -- with much joy and excitement. We also have a 9 foot blow up penguin and a very nice wooden nativity.
I love the holidays, i love the excitement -- DH says he married a 6 year old.
NO Santa is not the reason for the season, but he is part of the joy and majic of a child, and a momma's christmas. if you read a lot of the Santa history and literature -- he is based on an idea of charity and of course a Saint in service. Not a bad thing to teach my children about, IMO.
We read the night before chirstmas -- Grandpa reads it to us all.
we put out cookies and reindeer food (outside). and the cookies have to be MADE and the reindeer food made, then we get to eat the left overs
and the making then is time for talking and old family stoires (and a time for my aunt, the cookie and candy person, to spend with my kids telling of my grandparents who they will never know -- aunt and my grandpa use to make all the candy -- now my aunt will do it with my kids.... family carries on. it is a time for my aunt to get to really know the kids she only sees 2 or 3 times a year)
we also read the birth of Christ out of Luke and go to service.
we talk about the joy of the season, the excitment of waiting or the Christ child, and the importnace of giving to others and of chairty. it is a way to make complex concepts child-freindly. it is pretend and fun.
It is not lieing -- it is celbration and family tradition. and really, as they grow, they will learn there is not one santa, but that we are all expected to be santa to soemone all year long. that is also why we put a lot of time and effort in to the family DH's office adopts each year -- making THAT prep as big a deal as the prep work we go for our own family and freinds.
Santa bring his own gifts, not the really awsome stuff, in santa paper (each kid gets differnt paper).....
When i was little, we had christmas at our house on Christmas or Christmas eve each year, depending on which day my mom had to work. Santa came on teh right day -- mom and dad told me that he could only get to 1/2 the house each night, so he took turns year by year with who he saw what night, and mom worked the other so the other moms could be off on the right day too. worked for me
that is what is so cool -- it is moldable to fit each family. Like Santa found us at my grandparents the year our heater died on the 24th.