Day 7: Down with Santa?

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.
James 1:17

Better watch out: Santa Claus is coming to town, and not everyone's happy about it. While some parents think he helps teach kids about generosity and the spirit of Christmas, others worry that the idea of Santa encourages materialism and greed. Two noted Christian writers square off on the man in red.

Pro: In Defense of Santa's Values
A 6-year-old boy asserted confidently that God and Santa are next-door neighbors. He might not be far from the truth. By Richard Mouw

Con: Give Him the Big Black Boot
The last thing our kids need is to believe that goodies magically appear and don't cost anybody anything. By Frederica Mathewes-Green

The Year Santa Claus Skipped Our House
Our children's letters to the North Pole had turned into lists of demands, so we told them Santa wouldn't be coming.
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