There could be several reasons but here are some of the most common. Often the holidays remind us of loved ones who are no longer able to be with us. They may have died or moved so that connection is broken and that brings a sadness. Some folks face depression due to the financial pressure to spend extra money for gifts, parties, travel that they don’t have available. Then there is also those who have come to realize that despite all the people, the parties and the gifts something seems to be missing. The missing ingredient that provides joy and peace is really the main reason for the season. This is the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus our Lord and Savior. God’s gift to us is forgiveness for our sins and eternal life with Him. Try asking for the peace of God to fill your heart and you may find your answer.
We are both Christian parents but are not sure if we should encourage our kids about believing in Santa Claus or only talk about the birth of Jesus. What do you recommend?
I encourage you to always be truthful when teaching and talking to your children. Explain the true story concerning the birth of Jesus. Talk about God's plan for salvation through Jesus. Talk about how Christmas is a day to celebrate God's gift to us. Regarding Santa Claus depending on the age of the children, explain to them how the true story of Santa Claus got started. I would encourage you to let them know that anything else is just like a fairy tale. There is no north pole with elves making gifts and flying reindeer. As Christians it is important to teach our children the truth concerning the Bible and how the world who doesn't believe in Jesus Christ often make up stories that take away from God's truth. Perhaps you could take what the world portrays as attributes of Santa and tell them the truth of the person and ministry of Jesus Christ and the Spirit of God at work in the world today.