Yes Santa is a superhero in our house! It’s fun to watch movies about him, it’s fun to play games about him and it is fun to sit on his lap at the mall…if you want to wait in that loooonnng line! But after all the fun; we know that just like superman, he is not going to rescue us or make all our dreams come true – but he is fun!
We do not emphasize Santa in our Christmas celebration. We don’t hate him and we don’t think we are ruining any magical or special part of our Christmas season. My goal here is not to debate Santa, but rather to share some reasons we love to celebrate Jesus!
– The miracle of the Christmas story is enough…it is really more than enough! Talk about amazing and “magical” – a virgin becomes pregnant with the son of God. Her fiancé, who has the right to have her put to death, is visited by an angel who tells him all his well. And that is just the beginning. His birth fulfills prophecies that people have been waiting for thousands of years. Yes it’s pretty “magical” to me!
– Our kids already think life is all about them. They were born that way. They can’t help it. We all were. And, if someone doesn’t teach us differently, we will continue to believe it’s all about us. Christmas is a perfect time to teach them how to celebrate, have fun and serve – when it’s not about them.
– Santa can let them down, but Jesus never will! What if Santa can’t find the perfect gift or doesn’t have it in the budget? They were good right? Or were they naughty and that is why they didn’t get the American Girl Doll or Lego Death Star set. Jesus never disappoints or leaves children feeling empty.
– Lastly, Jesus lasts a lifetime. Santa, not so much. I strive to fill my children’s lives with things that will last and persevere for a lifetime – not things that are fleeting. We have such a short time to fill them up and their little hearts are so tender and open. We want to fill them to overflowing with joy, peace, love and hope! All of those things are truly only found in one place…Jesus.
So, when we say we don’t do Santa, it doesn’t mean we are haters! We have just made a different choice. We are NOT trying to win anyone over and our children are told explicitly to NEVER share the “secret” about santa. No need to worry about them ruining the surprise. We love Christmas and we love all forms of celebration. We simply choose to focus our celebration around a precious Baby born in a manger.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:6-14 NIV)
How do you celebrate the Christmas season? What traditions does your family have? Comment below and let us know…