One of the things we wanted to cover first, was Christmas -- a very confusing and exciting time for little ones. Do we tell them about and make them believe in Santa Claus like the world and even some other Christian parents? Do we go entirely the other direction and not celebrate it at all by means of legalism? Do we make a compromise and celebrate Santa Claus and throw Jesus' name in there as a bonus?
We chose to educate them about the truth vs. the fable of Santa Claus while focusing whole-heartedly on Christ, how He came and why He came. We also chose to make Christmas gifts more about Christ and less about us. We chose to give to our children "gifts" that can't be purchased:
- The Gospel of Christ
- Taking God's example of giving as others need and not so they'll think well of us
- Gift-giving should be a daily focus, not gift-getting at Christmas or any time
- Gifts should be thoughtful and considerate of the recipient, not reflect the personality and desires of the giver
- Gifts are from the heart and are full of love, not from obligation or for appearances
- To give as God gave us, with great love, freely and generously; giving to others more than we expect or hope to receive
So this Christmas, regardless of your financial situation, give your children the best gifts: the gift of the Gospel, lessons on how to give as God gave us and show them how to do it by doing it yourself as you thoughtfully consider what each child needs, not just what they desire.
Never deny your children, the luxury of want. A child who is always filled with everything they want, is a child always full of themselves.