I'm stepping out on a limb today to share how our family celebrates Christmas in regards to Santa Clause. But before I do, I want to make it clear that our way of celebrating isn't a judgment against the way any one else celebrates... do as you please with Santa.
First, we believe that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Gifts, parties, parades, and fun activities are all secondary to this special birthday celebration. Without God's gift of a tiny baby, we would not have the ability to have a personal relationship with God or the promise of eternal life.
Second, we pretty much ignore the department store Santa Clause type. Mostly. Of course, as I write this, Charlotte is watching Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure in which Swiper gets put on Santa's naughty list. But we don't talk about Santa Clause, chimneys, or pretend people bringing us gifts.
What we do talk about though, is the original Saint Nicholas. We found a great children's book that shares the story of why we give gifts at Christmas and how that tradition started in the life of the original Saint Nicholas. It is called The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving. The story is simple and the illustrations are beautiful. I can't recommend it highly enough. (Go buy it... and tip me by using the Amazon affiliate link above.)
Charlotte hasn't asked us the hard questions about Santa Clause yet. I think she knows that he pretend.
Wait. Scratch that. She's sitting next to me and I just asked her if Santa Clause was real or pretend. She said real so I followed up by asking her where he lives and she replied, "with the naughty people." That made me smile since she is currently watching a show about the naughty Swiper.
I just probed a little more and she did say he is real on the TV because he's a person and not a talking animal. So clearly, she is a little confused by it. But that's to be expected at three years old. I am not too worried about all of this right now because I know we still teaching her about the true meaning and spirit of Christmas.
What do you do about Santa Clause? Does he visit your house?
Post inspired by A Bloggy Mom's We Celebrate Christmas.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Shared by Jennifer at 12/08/2010 09:53:00 AM
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