because the boys are so little, and home with me full time, they have no idea who santa is. not because we are specifically trying to avoid talking about him, but because it's just never come up and they have never been exposed to it. the dvd we have about christmas is Boz the Bear: A WowieBozowee Christmas (buy this for your kids - awesome christmas movie) and it teaches about Jesus' birth. their friend's are my friend's children...who are being taught similar to what my children are being taught, and the only other place they are is church - where they, of course, are taught of Christ's coming into this world.
what i desire for my children to know about christmas is this: the story of Christ's birth. the beauty and the messiness of it all. about mary and joseph, and the star that guided shepherds and wise men by night. that this was the greatest gift the world could ever recieve. that He was born so we no longer have to die. that we can go on to live eternally with Him. that this perfect, little baby came and changed the world.
i don't teach my children things that aren't true or real in every day life, and i don't change it for christmas. would i stomp my foot down and tell them that santa wasn't real if they heard about him and were questioning me? no. i would probably put the question back to them, and ask if they truly believed santa was real. and i would ask them what christmas is... which i already ask and talk about with them. but, i'm not going to go out of my way to teach them something false, something that may take away their true understanding for what this season is all about. don't get me wrong, i love imagination and i love seeing life through the eyes of my sweet boys. they imagine and pretend every day and it is truly wonderful. i don't think that i am taking away anything from their childhood, or ability to imagine, by not teaching santa claus.
i do think many are scared of robbing their children of the wonder of christmas by not going along with the santa stuff. and that by only teaching Christ's birth, their children would be missing out on so much. however, i don't agree with this. where was there more wonder than on that first christmas morning? where is there a story more beautiful and more amazing than the birth of our Savior by a virgin? a story that has become my own through accepting Christ as my savior. and, prayerfully, this will be my children's story one day as well.
we bought each of the boys two simple gifts for christmas, and we will fill their stockings with little treats and goodies. i am so excited to see them on christmas morning, i am so excited for them to get something new to play with and enjoy. hopefully it will entertain them long enough for me to have an hour or two myself… say what. they don't get new things often so this is a special day for them. i love the "something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read" gift giving idea. that, or three gifts like the wise men brought, may be what we do with our children as they get older. i don't think by them getting a couple gifts, rather than thirty, it will make them sad. hopefully it make them more appreciative. also - both of our families buy presents for our children. they are blessed with more than they need. quite frankly, compared to others, we don't have much.
but we have SO much.
i am excited for when the boys are a little older and we can better serve others at christmas time. right now we are able to do things like operation christmas child, or support world vision and similar organizations. but at their young ages, they don't fully understand. when they are older i would like to take ourselves out of our comfort zone and serve, hands-on, during the holidays. that is something i want to instill in their minds for christmas time, and something i am so looking forward to for them, for our family, and for myself.
we love the lights, the music, the decorations, and buying gifts for our loved ones. these things are all wonderful and special in their own ways. most of all, we love Jesus Christ. and this day, this season, our lives here on this earth, are all about Him.