I have been a very bad blogger lately. I have been doing Twitter a bunch b/c Scandal has its last episode tomorrow night until Feb 27th. And, we have been going to Christmas events in NYC, DC and everywhere. Plus my daughter’s bday party is this weekend and I have a choir concert at church Sunday. So, busy. I am tired and wiped out, but happy. I love Christmastime so much. Not presents really. Just the beautiful trees and lights and events and people that are a tiny bit kinder. It is refreshing and beautiful and amazing.
We do not go overboard on presents at our place. Kids get the amount of presents for how old they are from Santa. Once they stop believing in Santa, then it does not apply. It is in an effort to keep the reason for the season at the forefront of Christmas. We read Luke from the Bible on Christmas Eve, we participate in the Christmas Eve service and we do a happy bday cake for Jesus on Christmas.
I am not bragging, just mentioning all of this to say that one can still participate in Santa without having the real meaning of Christmas thrown out the window. When people say trees, Santa and the date December 25th are pagan, it annoys me. The reason that date was adopted, because it was to gradually ease pagans into Christianity by using dates that were special to them. Though trees originally had pagan roots, now we use their beauty to glorify God and Christ’s birth. Santa Claus is for kids and I do not think that it is harmless. It is like my daughter thinking that fairies are real or the Disney princesses at Disney are real people.
If the love of Christ is in your heart, and you know your true intentions and beliefs, it is okay to have fun. But if you feel that the “pagan” ways of yore conflict with your beliefs or keep you from putting Christ first, then by all means refrain. ‘To each his own’, is a short but powerful statement.
God Bless you all during this Christmas season and enjoy your holiday in whatever way you choose.
Merry Christmas-no happy holidays nonsense from this chick!