What Christmas Means to Me...
Published: December 14, 2008
In spite of all the Christmas presents, my husband and I have worked hard to instill in our children, a deeper meaning to Christmas – and have tried to overcome commercialism.
We have attached the spirit of caring and sharing to Santa Claus.
For instance, when you ask my five-year old son what Christmas means to him, here are some of his random, but meaningful thoughts on it (in his own words) :
“Christmas is about Jesus, and not just Santa. He was the first baby that everyone loved. Jesus was born in his mom’s tummy – and he was very special. When baby Jesus grew up he became a leader for lots of people.”
“I’m lucky when Santa comes and what presents he brings. I am thankful for my family because I love them. I like my sister because I love her so much. I never wish I had a brother instead because she is so nice to me. And I like it when I can play with her.”
“It makes me sad when I see kids who have no money or food. They think that no one cares about them – but I do.”
“My Christmas wish is I that I wish that Jack was still alive.” (Our cat we had to put down).
“I love Boo Boo (our cat now) because he loves me because I always pet him and he purrrrs”.
“All around the world at Christmas time everyone is nice to everyone else – that’s why it makes me feel happy and special about Christmas.”
“I believe in Santa – but some kids don’t. But I think - how could he not be real? He is magic.”
And I have to admit, I was pretty impressed with his insight in to Christmas and the spirit behind it. Christmas is more than just a season - it is a state of mind. It’s a powerful force just waiting to be tapped; far more awesome than many adults can accept.
It's like...believing in Santa Claus.
This depth of faith should be expanded and protected in children - always. It should never, ever, be ripped away as an end to childish things or mocked as foolish. But rather used to help our children’s spirit and faith grow rich with goodness and meaning, as they mature.
To believe in the things we cannot see transcends in to so many aspects of our lives as adults.
A child having faith in themselves and the world around them is significant.
So take the time to share the magic and faith of Christmas with your children - beyond the gifts.
As my son has proven in his own words; Christmas means so much more.