I just want to start off by saying that I have been struggling with writing this post. I didn’t know exactly what I was wanting to write or say. Then it came to me in the shower (because all my thinking happens there), that I needed to be honest and share with you how we choose to celebrate Christmas. I want to preface all of this by saying I am in no way trying to tell you how your family should celebrate. I’m just sharing what we choose to do and why. Keep in mind that we are new to this parenting thing and just trying to figure it out as we go. We are NOT expert parents or perfect parents by any means. We are just trying to do what works for our family. So here it goes.
Santa Claus is not a part of our Christmas….
Okay, now that you’ve had a moment to let that sink in, let me explain why. We decided early on that we wanted to keep the focus of Christmas about Jesus and His birth. It’s so easy in this day and age to get caught up in consumerism and then the “give me” attitude tends to creep in. (I’m saying this from personal experience.) Shadrach and I felt that Santa Claus took the focus away from what was really important. So, we don’t give any gifts from Santa. Up until this year, it has been pretty easy to deal with and navigate, but now it’s beginning to get a little hairy.
Santa is all around and in everything from tv, music, books, stores etc. Logan is a very perceptive kid, and he has noticed and started asking questions. I’ve struggled with whether I should just throw our decision out the window and just go along with the whole Santa thing because otherwise I feel like he might be missing out on something. So maybe we should just make things easier and go along with it. Oh how easy it would be to give in! Then I stop and realize that I’d be going against what we are trying to teach him.
So, we are standing strong and keeping the focus on Jesus’ Birthday. Logan is very into birthdays right now, so this helps take the focus off of Santa a bit. I also worry that that maybe he will lose some of the excitement and joy at Christmas that comes along with the magic of Santa. (I’m a mother, I worry by nature :)) Just so you know, we aren’t haters of Christmas. We still get a tree and decorate it, we still buy gifts to exchange, and we still have special family Christmas traditions.
My point is not to make you stop incorporating Santa Claus into your Christmas. I’m sharing this because we can’t be the only family out there that chooses not to do Santa. We can’t be the only family that wants to keep the focus of the holidays about Jesus and giving to other. So, this if for those of you who are on the fence about which direction to go when it comes to Santa Claus. It’s also for those of you who may just want to make the focus of your Christmas more about giving to others and spending time as a family. Either way, I thought I’d share some of the things we do to make Christmas fun and exciting, as well as some things we do to keep Christ the focus.
Here’s a list of some of our Christmas traditions and few new things we plan on doing this year:
- We do a Jesse Tree. ( You can also do an Advent Calendar )
- We cut down our own Christmas Tree.
- Sing Christmas songs at a nursing home or hospital.
- Drive Around to Look At Christmas Lights in jammies.
- Gather friends and family to go Christmas caroling around a neighborhood.
- Bake cookies and take them to the neighbor or someone in need of some Christmas cheer.
- Look for a Local Live Nativity.
- Have a Christmas movie night, with popcorn, candy, and jammies.
- Read the story of Jesus’ birth on Christmas morning to remind us what the season is really about.
Well there you have it. Like I said, we aren’t perfect parents and we don’t have it all figured out yet. I’m sure that questions and situations are bound to come up regarding Santa. I am just praying that we have made Christmas something fun and exciting for Logan that also keeps the focus on what is important!
Do you ever feel like you want to change the focus of your family at Christmas? If so, what are some things you’ve done or thought about doing? I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas season and relaxing a bit through it all. Be sure to check back because I plan on sharing in detail each of our Christmas traditions as we do them over the next few weeks…
Also, If you enjoy our blog, be sure to sign up for our Newsletter