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My son is confused. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Today we celebrated St. Nikolaus Day. He really liked it but he kept referring to him as Santa Claus. And on Christmas Eve the Christkindl (Christ Child) will come and leave him presents. And my mom will definitely call the next day from the States and ask him what Santa brought him.<br><br>
Anybody else dealing with this?
 

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Hi there! In our home, St. Nicholas and Santa are the same person, they share the same Spirit but are referred to by different names. I tell my children the story of St. Nicholas and that he comes in the beginning of the month to leave small treats in their shoe as a reminder of his life and message. They know he will come later in the month on Christmas Day (as Santa) but I try to also put as much focus as possible that the 25th is a celebration of Christ's birth.<br><br><br>
I hope this helps.<br><br>
xoxo<br>
Eileen
 

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In a different way. DH grew up Catholic, I'm a UU, and I'm ethnically half Jewish, and my brother (who is local) has converted to Judaism. So we celebrate all the associated holidays. (At least all the fun ones! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) And this year for the first time DD1 has been asking, "Are we Jewish? Are we Christian? Do Jewish people believe in Santa?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: It's pretty complicated explaining to a 4-year-old about cultural vs. religious celebrations, and how religion is both an ethnicity and a choice, and how different people in the same family can be totally different religions.
 

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I am Canadian and my dh is Swedish and we combined both of our families traditions. They don't do St. Niklaus in Sweden, so we don't have that. We do celebrate Sankta Lucia and we have 2 Christmas celebrations. On Christmas Eve we celebrate Swedish Christmas with all the Swedish goodies and opening presents from Swedish relatives. Santa comes Christmas Eve night and leaves more presents for the girls and on Christmas day we celebrate Christmas with all the Canadian goodies and traditions. It has worked well for us to incorporate both holidays this way. DD1 thinks that jultomten and Santa are the same person (which he is) and he brings presents to her for Christmas Eve when we are in Sweden and for Christmas morning when we are in Canada.<br><br>
We both grew up with Christian backgrounds (though neither of us practice any religion right now), so the religious aspect of the holidays hasn't been brought up for us as much as we celebrate a more secular version of Christmas.
 

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I notice that your son is only 2.5. My daughter is 3.5 this year, and she is just starting to sort this all out. We celebrate Hannuka in our home (my partner is Jewish), Christmas with my parents, and Rohatsu with our Buddhist sangha. She's excited about all of them. We have a complicated family in this way, and it's ok. She knows that other kids get presents from Santa, hang Christmas lights, go to church, etc. We present how our family does things in a positive, fun way and she accepts it as a good thing (thus far!)
 
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