Two Perspectives on Santa

With only a few days before Christmas, I’m not going to convince you to change your traditions for this year.  But now is a great time to think about this important issue while you’re in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle.  Do you have babies that are mesmerized by the sparkling lights?  What will you tell them about Santa in a few years?  Do you have children who see the fat guy in the red suit on every street corner?  Can you help them discern between real and fantasy?  Do you have teenagers looking for hypocrisy in your speech?  How you talk about Santa matters.

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To help you think about how to deal with Santa, I wrote an article called Let’s Talk about Santa Claus about telling the truth about the fictional character.

When I write my first Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room,” I was surprised when a professional Santa Claus showed up as one of my characters.  I remember thinking about weight issues and into my mind popped the man acclaimed for his tummy that shook like a bowl full of jelly when he laughed.  You can read more about him in the article, Meet Nick Saint.

One More Bonus Perspective: I enjoyed Michelle Lesley’s recent blog post about Christmas Tradition Do-Overs and Do-Overs-and-Overs.  Here’s what she wrote about talking about Santa Claus with her children.

8. I’m glad we handled Santa Claus the way we did.

We decided before we had children that we would not lie to them about the existence or omniscience (he sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows if you’ve been bad or good, etc.) of Santa Claus. The Bible says that lying is a sin, period. There’s no exception for jolly old elves who pass out toys (or for tooth fairies or Easter bunnies, for that matter). But there’s nothing wrong with the fun of Santa as long as he arrives on the scene without lies or claims to attributes only God possesses. So we sang Santa songs and told Santa stories, but on Christmas Eve, our children knew it was Mom and Dad filling the stockings. When they were very small, my husband or I would don a Santa hat and say something like: “You know how you like to play pretend? Well, mommies and daddies like to play pretend, too, especially at Christmas! Now it’s time for you to go to bed so we can pretend to be Santa Claus.” So far, no one is in therapy from us handling the Santa Claus story this way, plus there were no conspiracies with the older children to keep the secret from the younger ones, and no moments of devastation as each child grew up and found out the truth.

How do you talk to your children about Santa?  Do you need to confess to your children that you have been lying to them?  How can you help them worship Christ at Christmas?

 

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Book Club Question #9

Who is it?  To be able to answer this question, you need to have read my Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room.” Continue reading

Ray Comfort Writes (Some) Fiction

Ray Comfort is best-known as a Christian evangelist who not only creatively and enthusiastically preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as he can, but he also teaches and equips other believers to do the same.  His ministry, Living Waters, provides a variety of resources:  movies and training videos such as The Way of The Master evangelism series; helpful books and “The Evidence Bible”; and a wide variety of gospel tracts that are fun to use.  But did you know that Ray has penned a few fiction novels? Continue reading

Welcome to Kristen Harper Books!

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Dear friends – A few years ago, I accepted a challenge to write a novel – 50,000 words in the 30 days – with the encouragement of a free on-line writing community, NaNoWriMo.  Since then, I have had lots of help editing my book before submitting my manuscript for consideration.  Now, I am pleased to announce that my Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room,” has been published in print and e-book formats by Dove Christian Publishers!  CLICK HERE TO BUY MY BOOK!

Writing a book is one thing.  Getting it published and promoted is another thing altogether.  I found great ideas and instructions online about submitting manuscripts from Michael Hyatt and used his advice from his book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World to publicize my book through social media.  I also followed Jeff Walker’s instructions from Product Launch Formula to promote my book.

This website in one important tool that I use to get the message out about my Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room.”  Here you will find interesting information about the challenging subject addressed in the book: our bad eating habits.  I want to use this website to encourage you to glorify God in your eating habits by studying the Bible, putting off sin, and putting on righteousness in your daily lives.

Who am I to talk to you about what and why you eat?  You can get to know me better on the page About Kristen.  I’m also excited to write blog posts about some of my interests including writing books, teaching Sunday School, homeschooling, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Please explore everything that this website has to offer.  (I learned how to build it and use it for free using WordPress.org!)

Thanks for checking out my website.  For more information about my book, please CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR A PAGE ABOUT “ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM.”  If you want your own copy of the book, you can purchase it in print or e-book formats from Dove Christian Publishers or from Amazon.  Keep updated about the book by signing up to follow this blog.  I look forward to hearing from you.

By the way, I took the challenge again and wrote books in November 2016 and November 2017.  Have you ever thought about writing a book?  Do you want to join me next November in the challenge?  Let me know in the Comment section below.