Why we won’t be teaching our children about Santa Claus

Santa isn’t real (At least not now)

I understand the real story behind Santa, and we will teach it to our children in due time. What we will not teach our children about is the mythical character that he has turned into. Someone who comes down the chimney and gives presents to only good girls and boys.

This in no way means I condemn those who do “Santa” in their family, this is just what we do.  Everyone is different.

In our household we celebrate the real reason for the season. The birth of our savior Jesus Christ. (I understand he wasn’t born December 25, that is just the day that has been set aside to celebrate).

This doesn’t mean we won’t watch Christmas movies with Santa in them, he just isn’t our focus during Christmas.  He isn’t someone we idolize, he’s just another character in a movie. 

Jesus came to live among us, to be with us, and to die for us because he loves us. His love goes farther than any mistake we could make. He loves us in our good and bad, and blesses us all through the year; even when we are undeserving of His blessings.

We will teach our children the joy of this time of year, and that we should share it all year long. Because we know where this unspeakable joy comes from. Whether we are in abundance or lack, we should always bless others and be a shining light to this dark world.

Have you noticed an increase of happiness and joy during this time of year? It is because, if only for a short time, a lot of the world is thinking and singing about Jesus.

Well who will bring your children presents if not Santa? We will. We will buy our children gifts because we love them, not based upon their behavior. They are expected to be good all year long, not just during December.

What about secret gifting? I think secret gifting is great! Instead of writing Santa, write Jesus! He is the hope of the world. A lot of the time people just need to know that Jesus loves them and it will bring them undescribable joy! To konw that they are thought of and loved and are not alone in this world. But Jesus didn’t really give them that gitft, you did. That’s true, kind of. We are to be Jesus to those who do not know Him yet, and to those who do.

I’m not stopping the “magic” of Christmas by not teaching my children Santa. The magic we feel is the love of Jesus everywhere we go in this time of focus on him. And the “Christmas spirit” is the spirit of God that is being glorified by everyone seeking him.

Have a blessed and wonderful CHRISTmas this year, and I pray that the joy you feel stays with you all year long!!

 

Do you teach your children about Santa? How do you answer those who don’t understand why you don’t tell your children about Santa?

 

What I am Thankful For

Every day is a day to be thankful, but since today is Thanksgiving, I want to talk about something that is dear to me.  My children.

I have been blessed with two wonderful daughters.  Of course like most toddlers they don’t listen about half the time, but they are so sweet and thoughtful of each other and others.  When they say “please” and “thank you” it is some of the cutest manners you have ever heard! They have brought so much joy into our lives! Read more

I haven’t always put my trust in Jesus

There have been times where I have not trusted in Jesus.  It’s hard not having control over something that is so dear to your heart.

 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” Proverbs 3:5. 

During my second pregnancy I worried, A LOT. This pregnancy was as normal as could be, but because I lost my first child I was constantly scared and filled with worry.  Any little thing that I thought might be happening brought so many “what ifs” into my mind. Read more

About Me Series: Pregnancy complications

Every time I get a positive on a pregnancy test it is one of the happiest moments of my life!  I can’t contain my excitement every time I see that little “plus” sign!!!  I am literally busting at the seams with joy.  I understand everyone has different feelings when they find out they are pregnant, but for me, it is a very happy thing.

Edited to add: This post goes over what happened during my pregnancy, I will write in another post about my feelings.

I became pregnant with my first child a few weeks shy of my 21st birthday.  When I took the test it was such a surreal feeling because I had never been pregnant before.  I was so excited for this new journey for us! I’m sure some can relate to this, but it still wasn’t “real” until I had my first sonogram and saw the little “gummy bear” on the screen.  I can’t say it enough how excited we were to be pregnant, I think it is such a wonderful thing, such a blessing!! Read more

“But I don’t have the time to…”

I have slacked terribly with keeping my self up to date on writing posts.  I have plenty written in my notebook, but the problem is deciding to do it instead of something else.

“Life” happened. 

How often do we use that as an excuse for not getting things done? Others might say “I don’t have the time to do (fill in the blank).  I find, for me personally, when this happens it is not because I don’t have the time to do something, but because I did not use my time wisely.  I set things to the side OFTEN saying I will get to them at a later time; and that time normally ends up to be months or, (sadly) years later. Read more

A Great Hope

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”   Romans 7:18-25

 

God has given us a great hope!  Someone who can save us from this sinful flesh we abide in.  He gave himself!!  The creator died for the creation. Read more

About Me Series: Intro

 

Someone gave me a really good suggestion, and I loved it!!  They suggested that my “About Me” page was a tad too long, and that I should break it up into different posts to give more chance for conversation with others who may have gone through the same situations as I.  So here is to introducing my About Me Series!

My first post will be about me having pregnancy complications and losing my son.

My second post will go over my second pregnancy and the joys and anxiety that I went through.

My third post will go over my third pregnancy.

 

And if I have any other thoughts to add I will be sure to add the links here!!  I am so excited for this and hope that I will be able to encourage those who may be dealing with the same things.

 

Peace in Jesus’ Name!!

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