I borrowed this list from a friend. She has a really meaningful blog on many things. I loved this list and her thoughts about Jesus and Santa....
#1 Jesus is real! Santa is pretend!
#2 Jesus existed before man was created! Santa was created by man.
#3 Jesus gives you Himself, all you need! Santa gives you stuff you don't need.
#4 Jesus' gift last forever (even after you die). Santa gifts are only temporary.
#5 Jesus fulfills all your needs and wants. Santa leaves you wanting more.
#6 Jesus provokes selflessness. Santa provokes selfishness.
#7 Jesus gives you true lasting JOY. Santa gives you only passing happiness.
#8 Jesus' miracles are real. Santa miracles aren't real.
#9 Jesus is truth. Santa is a lie.
#10 Jesus is worthy of our attention, affection, and awe. Santa... well.... "he" is not.
So I don't ask my kids what they "want for Christmas?" the very question makes no since. We already received all we could ever want or need on that Christmas long ago.
Psalm 23:1 "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want."
I ask them how they would like to show God's love this Christmas to the world. And what things would they would like to do that would bring pleasure to their Creator God.
This all may sound crazy to some... I hope not to offend you Santa lovers out there... but this season exists to remind us to give Jesus the honor due and He is worthy of all!
Now I am not as developed in my opinion about this issue at Christmas as she is . We have always been gift giving. We have not emphasized Santa . We have I hope emphasized Jesus in the way we celebrate. I do think she brought up some good reasons to not be Santa oriented and to be less materialistic at Christmas...I know Paul and I have struggled with this issue and I think each year we change it more to emphasize what she expresses but I know we are not at the same place as she is but I do appreciate her perspective.
How about you all ? How do you celebrate the birth of Jesus in your home ?