I have always struggled with the commercialization of Christmas. Yes it is cool, fun, cute and all, but is it supposed to be ALL about Santa.
Does anyone remember who “Santa” really was? I felt like it was all lost.
What is Christmas supposed to be? All these questions kept going through my mind and I was really struggling with what we should do as a family about and for Christmas. I felt it would benefit our family and our children to focus more on Christ for Christmas. I felt it would help us grow closer to Him.
I also don’t like the idea of lying to my children when we try so hard to teach them not to lye. Princess asked me weeks ago if Santa was real. I explained to her how he lived long ago and was a good person who helped others. We talked about how we pretend Santa is real now to help us keep that spirit and mindset of helping and loving others. We then talked about sometimes parents don’t tell their kids Santa isn’t alive. They want the children to believe in that spirit he had. We can still believe and celebrate with that spirit but focus more on Jesus Christ. We can celebrate His life and rejoice in His birth.
Yes there are moments I wish I could say; “you better be good because Santa is coming!” But in reality I can say; “mommy doesn’t like it when you are not nice. It makes mom, dad, Jesus and Heavenly Father sad. Can you try to be nice to your sister?” The latter helps them understand instead of tricking or forcing them to be good. I feel it helps them build a relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ when we talk of them as people. Helping them realize their actions have consequences, although small and simple, they know when they are not nice, we are sad. Just as we are happy when they are good. (Yes, when I tell them I’m proud of them I also tell them Heavenly Father and Jesus is proud of them.)
Christmas needed to be CHRISTmas for me. I wanted the focus to be on the Only Begotten of the Father, the Savior of mankind, the Beloved, our brother.
Please know, we do not judge others whether the celebrate Santa or not.
This is just our personal path.