"celebrating santa and a manger will postpone a child's clear understanding of what the real truth of God is. it's very difficult for a young child to pick through a marble cake of part truth and part imagination to find the crumbs of reality. we want our children to understand God as fully as they are able, at whatever age they are. so we try to avoid anything that would inhibit or distort their understanding.
[also] think how confusing it must be to a literal thinking, uncritical pre-schooler. santa is so much like what we're trying all year to teach our children about God. look at all the "attributes" of santa:
- he's omniscient- he sees everything you do
- he rewards you if you are good
- he's omnipresent- at least he can be everywhere in one night
- he gives you good gifts
- he's the most famous "old man in the sky" figure
-noel piper, treasuring God in our traditions, p. 80-81