Altering Christmas To Look More Like Jesus
A few weeks ago while at my Mom2Mom group, we went around discussing prayer request. My heart was already aching thinking about the pressures of providing Christmas for my kids. I was spinning in circles and crunching numbers that would never added up.
We live in the day of social media. On christmas morning and even the days leading up, my social media feed will be full of the gifts and gadgets my friends were able to purchase for their spouse and children. I know at that moment, feelings of envy and jealousy will spiral into my mind, stomping on all the many blessing that I do have.
Don’t you just hate that feeling of jealousy, it’s a terrible way to feel around the holidays. This Christmas I decided it was time for me to make a change. To kick jealousy to the curb and set my own standers.
I figured that if I made deliberate changes and had guideline as to how I wanted Christmas to look, it would alter my feelings and potentially make our family Christmas even more magical. If changes were going to be made to our traditions it had to be the year, you know, before our kids get to old and go off to college.
It’s time we alter our hearts and look more like Jesus. You must be curios by now, so here is what we are doing:
Wrapping our Santa Gifts:
I know many of you already do this. Wrapping the gifts will make our kids slow down on Christmas morning. This will force them to take their time and savor each toy a tad more.
Three Gifts:Santa is only bringing three gifts to my children. If Jesus only received three gifts at His birth, why do my kids deserve more during His birthday celebration? There are many versions of the three gift exchange, this is one that a friend shared with me and I think its perfection:
- The Gold Gift: This is the “expensive” gift. Showing kids that they are of value, for they are children of the king.
- The Frankincense Gift: This gift is a spiritual gift, a gift that helps our kids be more like Jesus.
- The Myrrh Gift: A gift for the body. Myrrh was used to anoint the body of Jesus. Its a physical gift such as, shampoo, pajamas, bedding, or hats.
“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:10-11
Giving Gifts From Us (aka Mom and Dad)
In the past, all the presents we have purchased for our children have been gifted by Santa. Why should Santa get all the credit for our hard work and all that God has blessed us with? This year, the kids will also be receiving two-three gifts from mom and dad.
Combining Elf on the Shelf and Shepherd on the Search
I believe that Jesus and Santa can totally be combined. It just takes finding the perfect balance and ensuring that your children understand the reason for the season. We are going to use both our elf, Figg and our shepherd, Shep. Figg is known for spreading holiday cheer around our home, as Shep spreads the good news, of the Savior. They will both begin work on December 1st, so keep an eye out!
I hope this post will give you some new ideas for your Christmas traditions.