This year was different in that we had two kids who could start to understand concepts of Christmas. We spent our Christmas in Michigan and it was great. I reflected back to traditions from my childhood and heard stories of others. Santa was a big topic this year. I recalled Santa from my childhood as something that didn’t last very long. I was a young Christian at the age of 4 so I caught on to the concept of Jesus and the make believe story of Santa. I am not the type to push make believe on my kids, but this year Jacob especially really got into all the various characters of the season. However, trying to use “Santa” as a means to create order and discipline in the house was not something that works.
I am excited to see how as the years pass, the fun of make believe is enjoyed but the truth of Jesus is realized and celebrated. Tis the season to be jolly, but for the reason that Jesus was born. Merry Christmas.