I use to lie to my children during this season about a big red guy that knew if they were naughty or nice. About his reindeer that left droppings in the house. Dirt on the floor. Threaten them that if they don’t behave that red guy wasn’t going to bring them presents (sadly, they got them anyway.).
One (there are more!) of the most disturbing things to me about this fairy tale now when I look back is that I lied to my children but punished them when they lied to me. It’s just for “fun” we say….really some children are devastated when they find out that this big red guy is a big red lie.
Then we try to tell those same little children about God along with that fantasy. We expect them to believe us…hmmmm.
In the midst of the fantasy of the big red guy and how…
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