My wife and I have recently had a baby (well she did all the work but you know what I mean). We're very excited but as a new generation emerges, we have to plan on what traditions to leave out, keep in place, and/or introduce in our family while our child(ren) is growing up. Christmas is rapidly approaching and as she will be too young to remember this one, we do want to have some idea in place as to what we will be doing in future Christmases. With this in mind, I've been thinking about the Santa Claus bit and feel kind of torn between continuing the tradition of Santa in Christmas or halting it alltogether. Jesus will be the main focus of Christmas, but the more I think about Santa, the more he seems an empty tradition with a good idea behind it (able to keep the good idea by upholding Jesus' teachings and values). Now I grew up with Santa and it was fun but I somehow knew all along that he never existed so when I found out, it didn't bother me at all. But when I think about it more and more, I mostly see Santa as a lie we tell kids to keep them in line. "You better clean your room, or Santa won't come. You better stop hitting your sister or Santa will leave coals in your stocking or won't give you what you want for Christmas." Viewing Santa in this way makes Santa seem to me more like a puppet parents use to get what they want instead of a fun tradition about teaching others to give. So instead of teaching others to be selfless, Santa is being used to allow parents to be selfish. More juvenile than productive in my opinion. I am not opposed to leaving Santa as a tradition to promote child-like wonder and imagination but I don't want to use him the wrong way in the way I raise my child(ren). So for those who have raised children, what were the decisions you made when creating a family-oriented Christmas tradition? Any bits of advice for a fellow disciple of Christ that just became a father? Thanks!