Heather and I have been thinking and talking a lot about how we will be handling Christmas in our house. We both grew up hearing and knowing about Santa Clause and my family didn’t focus much on the Christian nature but Heather’s focused a little more about on it. Alora will probably be hearing about Santa a little this year but not from us, just from TV and other family members.
I believe we have decided to just not talk about Santa, I know I was terribly upset when I discovered that Santa wasn’t real. I felt lied to, cheated and betrayed; was I being dramatic? Maybe but that is how I felt and I don’t know that I have ever gotten over it. I don’t like Santa, the deChristing, or the commercialization of Christmas. This is odd considering I work with the marketing department of a giant retailer. So this year, we will get a birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas Eve, and I will read the Christmas story to Alora before she goes to bed. We hope to continue this tradition to maintain our focus on Christ though the holiday season.
I suppose my point is this; I will not hold gifts over my children’s head to motivate their behavior because God didn’t withhold his greatest gift from us based on our behavior. The Bible tells us that God showed his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. My children don’t get gifts because they are ‘good’ but because we celebrate the gift of God’s Son and we do so by giving to one another.
Let us not forget that Christmas is about Christ, not about gifts. I would rather spend good time with my family than get a lot of gifts while we watch TV.
Merry Christmas to all