Is it me or is Santa getting too much attention this year? Now, I’m not terribly fanatical about the Christmas holiday- hey, I hang a tree, I buy gifts just like most folks.
But it seems to me that Jesus (the Original reason for the season) is getting a bit lost in “X-mas” this year, don’t you think?
This is an old argument, I know, but this is a conversation that should never die. We, as Christians, should keep squawking until some things change around this time of year.
This year, take advantage of traditions and other opportunities to remind your family of Christ and His magnificent sacrifice for man.
Here are a few ideas to help you keep Christ in Christmas:
1. When you trim the tree, sing a Christmas carol that focuses on Jesus. Playing a cd will do as well.
2. Before you open your gifts, have a prayer of thanks. Encourage each family member to participate.
3. Remind your children why we give gifts on Christmas (aka Christ’s gift to mankind). They may not “get” it.
For years now, a family tradition of ours is to have a Bible study on Christmas morning. We usually do it after we’ve opened our gifts. I could never imagine doing one before opening the gifts because our little wind would have a conniption fit. Seriously, it is one of the sweetest times of the year for me.
Each person in our family takes turns leading to Bible study. When the little one’s Time came, we simply let him tell us why he was thankful for Jesus or something easy like that.
But when our oldest son would lead the family Bible study, I often saw how he was growing spiritually year by year. Instead of just spouting universal truths, he began to give examples about whatever text he was teaching. It really was something to see.
Also, I found myself learning from him. No matter how well you think you know the Bible, you can always learn something from someone else because they all have a different perspective than yours. This includes our children.
This was my husband’s idea and it’s one of the sweetest traditions we espouse.
I have never really cared much for the whole Santa Claus phenomenon. But actually it has its roots and salad Christianity.
I was watching a show on the Biography network. Strangely I think it was on antenna TV or the non-Cable station. Old movies make me smile so I often will shift off my cable and watch antenna TV just to get my 70s television show fix.
Anyway, one episode was on Santa Claus. I learned that Saint Nick was a Christian man who gave GIFs away and was known for his generosity. According to an article from Crosswalk.com, the apostle Paul could be related to Saint Nick. That’s neither here nor there, but I thought that was interesting.
It seems Saint Nicholas morphed into a variety of images throughout the generations. So although he had his origins with Christianity, it turned into something else.
There are so many historical articles about this subject that you don’t need me trying to educate you on it. What I will do is list some articles you can refer to and read.
In the end, the purpose of this blog post is to reiterate the importance of keeping Jesus Christ the meaning of Christmas.
Keep Him the focal point of the Christmas season and you may not opt to kill Santa, but you’ll keep him in his place. Chump.
Do you allow your children to believe in Santa? How do you approach it?
Articles about the origin of Santa Claus: