Real Reason For The Season

Jedidiah & Billy Baby Portraits by Ave

Most children around the world believe that all present under a tree they had received is come from Santa Claus. Even days before Christmas comes along, there are children who sends a letter to the North Pole for St. Nick with a list of things they wish Santa would bring them this year. They’ll stay awake to hear Santa come through their door with a bunch of presents in his hands. Presents and Santa Claus. Is that really all our children believe that Christmas is all about? Isn’t it unfortunate that our children are more in love with the story of Santa Claus and his flying reindeers than the actual birth of Jesus?

We hate to break it to you, but let’s just assume that we all know that Santa is fictional character made by a certain soda company in one of its Christmas campaigns a long time ago. He isn’t real. And all the presents wrapped under the tress with a card sent by “Santa Claus” is actually the work of parents who want to bring the best Christmas stories for their children. No, you don’t want to be the kind of parent who burst the magical bubble that makes this season feel precious for their kids. No parents wants to ruin their children’s imagination about the joy of Christmas. But actually that is not what your children needs. They need to know what Christmas is really about. They should know why we celebrate Christmas every year.

Teach your kids that Jesus Christ is the real reason for the Christmas season. It’s not about Santa Claus, but is all about Jesus.

Teach them to not compare their gift to their friends. Teach them to appreciate what they have received. Teach your children about giving and sacrificing for others. Remind them that they already have the greatest gift in their life, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Teach them to keep their focus on Jesus’ miraculous birth and not the story of Santa Claus. Rather than let your kids write a letter to Santa, encourage them to write a thank you letter and a gratitude list to Jesus. Keep the real Christmas spirit by reading the story of Jesus and His birth before they open the presents. Talk with your children about why we celebrate Christmas. It is really important to focus our Christmas activities around the birth of Jesus, so that can become a Christmas tradition in itself.

Happy holidays!