Since we got married, my husband and I were determined to develop some traditions of our own. For example, we always make ham and apple butter sandwiches on Thanksgiving and watch the movies, “Polar Express” and “The Christmas Story” on Christmas Eve. The movies accompany homemade white hot chocolate and cookies. We believe our traditions are a perfect way to spend quality family time together.
Now that Syd is two years old, we are considering inviting “Santa” into our family traditions. Now she doesn’t know Santa from the man down the street, but we don’t want her to be left out. After all, parents far and wide take their kids to the mall to get a picture with Santa, Syd’s cousins are filling out their Christmas wish lists to Santa and there are tons of movies about Santa; including our family favorite….so why should Sydney be any different?
Considering that we are a Christian family, I don’t want our child to focus her attention completely on Santa Claus. Christmas is a symbolic celebration of Jesus’ birthday after all. Most people don’t realize that the story of Santa Claus originated from his desire to help people and spread the love of the Lord. The true meaning of Christmas revolves around God’s gift to us (Jesus) and the importance of us giving to one another. Many people think that the giving aspect involves spending a lot of money purchasing gifts. But there are other ways of sharing the gift of Christ, like giving to those who don’t have and showing those that you love and care for them by spending time with them.
So yes we can get Santa Claus in on our family traditions. We might even venture out to take a picture with the Santa at the mall, but we are going to make sure to emphasize the meaning of Christmas through our actions and of course setting our own family traditions that show our true love for another along the way.