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Should churches discourage belief in Santa Claus?

Published: Friday, Dec. 14 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Santa makes his entrance at the Children with Cancer Christmas Foundation Christmas party in Provo. Wednesday, Dec., 12, 2012

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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Our take: Does believing in Santa detract children from the true meaning of Christmas? Christianity Today asked a few faith and family leaders if encouraging children to believe in Santa is a good thing or not. Here are some of the responses:

"The key word is belief. Emulating Saint Nick is awesome, but I have problems with parents duping their children into believing that Santa exists. A church could acknowledge in a family context the historical person of St. Nicholas. But the figure the culture has created does not belong in church."

Scottie May, professor, Wheaton College

"The true meaning of Christmas is sacred. No matter their choices, when it comes to Santa and other traditions, families should make it their main goal to tie every practice to the true meaning of Christmas."

Leon Wirth, executive director of parenting and youth, Focus on the Family

Read more about Should churches discourage belief in Santa Claus? on Christianity Today .

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