I'm a lay Buddhist and it's almost Christmas, and I would like to know if it is acceptable for Buddhists to celebrate Santa Claus. I have children and want them to be happy. Does anyone know the answer to this question? Thanks! P.S. My question is somewhat related to this one.

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To quote the eminent Rev. Lovejoy - "Santa doesn't leave presents under the Bodhi Tree!" ;-)


Of course it's acceptable! If Buddha isn't merriment, then what good is it?

  • I don't disagree with the overall message. I only want to encourage to keep the fourth prescrept in mind to not lie. My advice would be to handle it like you would theater or movies. Play and act your role but don't get caught up in lies.
    – user19838
    Dec 13, 2020 at 15:07
  • @user19838 Thanks for the advice!
    – Lotus
    Dec 13, 2020 at 15:21
  • @user20010 Why are you talking about an anti-Buddhist TV show? This is a serious Buddhism Q&A. Please refrain from talking about this kind of stuff. Note: I accepted the answer at first since I didn't know that what you were talking about was an anti-Buddhist TV show. "Rev. Lovejoy" is not a real person, he's just a dude from a TV show.
    – Lotus
    Dec 14, 2020 at 0:08
  • An old woman built a hermitage for a monk and supported him for twenty years. One day, to test the extent of the monk’s enlightenment and understanding, she sent a young, beautiful, girl to the hut with orders to embrace him. When the girl embraced the monk and asked, “How is this?” He replied stiffly, “A withered tree among frozen rocks; not a trace of warmth for three winters.” Hearing of the monk’s response, the old woman grabbed a stick, went to the hermitage, beat him and chased him out of the hut. She then put the hermitage to the torch and burned it to the ground.
    – user20010
    Dec 14, 2020 at 2:13
  • Now step aside. I've got a torch for that thatched roof over your head. X-D
    – user20010
    Dec 14, 2020 at 2:14

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