Christmas has changed for us through out the years…but one thing remains the same – teach our children the true meaning of Christmas – that it is better to give than to receive, and that our Lord Jesus gave us the ultimate gift when he died on the cross for us.
So, the look and feel of Christmas has changed for us over the years.
When my oldest daughter was little – we didn’t do Santa Clause. I don’t think she even saw a ‘Mall Santa’ until she was at least 7 or 8 years old.
We would do a few gifts from Mom and Dad.
It was about the time my son was born that we started doing Santa Clause. There are alot of Christian’s who don’t ‘do’ Santa. We used to be included in this category, but as I listened to people’s reason’s for not believing in Santa – I started to re-think why we were or were not going to do it.
Many people have the false belief that if a child grows up believing in Santa and then finds out he’s not real – that can affect his trust in God. He may grow up to feel God isn’t real either.
But, if you teach your children from the beginning that the reason for Christmas is Jesus and not Santa, there really is no reason for their belief to be tarnished.
Once my first son was 3-4 years old, we went to the mall to see santa. That was about 5 years ago.
My husband and I do 2-3 presents from santa, and the rest from him and I and family. We have tried to make Santa not a ‘big deal’ in our home, Christmas is about Jesus, the Lord, giving, and spending time with the ones we love.
It is still early, my daughter is only 13, my son 9, and my youngest 3.5 – but it hasn’t affected their faith in God or Jesus. It actually gives us more of a chance to talk about the customs of the world and the customs of the word – conversations we may not have otherwise –
So yes, Santa is welcome in our home – does he take away from the true meaning of Christmas? Not at all.
This year, we will be having a birthday cake – for Jesus. To celebrate his birth. To celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
We decorate a tree. We do stockings. We do a few gifts. We do Christmas dinner. We do turkey and all the trimmings, We would like to go serve at a kitchen as a family this year.
We also listen to mostly Christian hymns for Christmas music – Silent Night, Joy to the world, O come all ye Faithful. We enjoy the true spirit of Christmas.
And I want my children to believe.
Maybe not in Santa, but in the idea – that anything is possible, miracles DO happen, dreams do come true, he(God) is real – if you just BELIEVE 💖
So, Christmas may ‘look’ different in our home, compared to other Christian’s – but I have learned, you do what works for you, not everyone else – and that ‘Jesus is the reason for the season 🎄😊’