Growing up, Santa Claus was a big deal at my house. He would give my brother and I each a stocking as tall as me filled with fun little gifts and we had our own separate piles set up in the living room with our big gifts. I can still remember Courts running into my room at the crack of dawn, just giddy about what Santa had brought.
Now, with two little munchkins of our own, Raleigh and I are trying to figure out what our traditions will be. So far, we haven't really celebrated Santa because they don't know the difference between Santa and the mailman. But, when they do know who Santa is, are we going to play along?
I've heard of some families not celebrating Santa and keeping it all about Jesus. Ya know- since he is the reason for the season and all. :) They will be doing the three gifts approach on Christmas morning in honor of the three gifts that Jesus got when he was born. As much as I like the three gift approach, I know it is going to be hard to buy just three gifts.
Other couples have told me that they don't want their kids to believe that this imaginary man brought the gifts down by the chimney. They want their kids to know that the gifts came from them - that as parents they worked really hard to buy these presents to be opened on Christmas day. But, does that take some of the excitement out of the gifts?
All of these approaches sound good to me. But, I still don't know what to do. I mean, how do you just ignore Santa? He's everywhere this time of the year. I don't really want my kids to ruin one of their classmate's belief in the big-bellied man in the red suit but at the same time I don't want them to just focus on Santa and the gifts he brings.
So, what do you do? Any suggestions for celebrating Santa, Jesus, and you as the parent? I would love to hear!
Till next time, let your light shine!