So, I am reposting this from last year. It’s an explaination of how we’re “doing” Santa in our family. I can’t wait to see your comments and suggestions on how you handle the Jolly Ol’ St. Nick in your home.
I love Christmas!
It’s a time of year to focus on the birth of our Savior.
It’s a time to cherish family, and friends, near and far.
It’s a time of tradition…adhering to the old ones and making new ones.
What I don’t love about Christmas is the commercialism and materialism that it can create. No, not that it creates, Christmas doesn’t create this, but there sure is a lot around at this time of the year and it’s just no good.
In that, I have been thinking a lot about how we’re going to approach Santa.
It’s something that I have been pondering since my girls were babies and now that they are three, I think my husband and I have come up with something that is going to work for us.
I don’t want my children to view Christmas as just a time when they get stuff from Santa. That’s what the world would have them believe. So many children are totally focused on making their lists of “wants” for this time of the year. So, far, this has not touched our family and I want to avoid it if possible, and I believe that it is possible.
Last year we went to a wonderful Christmas party for one of the companies in Keith’s unit. Santa showed up at the party and handed out gifts to the kids there. EA received a “Barrel of Monkeys”, MC received a cute little baby doll with wild curly hair, and Will received a plush toy phone.
Throughout the year, EA and MC have referred to those small gifts as what they got from Santa. MC will quickly tell you that Santa gave her that babydoll. And it is one of her most prized babies. She sleeps with it more often than any of the others. And EA still asks to play with her barrel of monkeys. For weeks after the party last year, she could be entertained by sitting in a chair and playing with her monkeys, she would take them out one by one and look at them. They were special because they came from Santa.
I have noticed that sometimes children don’t receive anything from their parents…it all comes from Santa.Â Last year, because they already had their special gifts from Santa, the girls saw the presents that were under the tree Christmas morning as coming from Mommy and Daddy, not necessarily Santa. We didn’t design it that way on purpose, it just kind of happened.
And that’s how I decided how to “do” Santa in our family.
They will have gifts under the Christmas tree. These will be gifts from family and friends and from Mommy and Daddy.
Santa will bring our children one special, small gift, possibly one that will fit snugly in their stockings. One that they will be able to cherish as coming from Santa Claus.
Have you struggled with avoiding the commercialism of Christmas in your family to focus on the real reason for the day?
What have you done to address this?
Does your family have a special way of “doing” Santa?
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