Charles Santa vs. Jesus"
With all due respect Charles, I think
you are going too far. There is nothing wrong with letting kids
be kids when it comes to Christmas. No, you do not lie to your
kids, you tell them the TRUTH. You tell them that Jesus is Lord,
you tell them the Nativity Story from the Bible. You tell them
about how the Wise Men brought gifts to the Baby Jesus. You tell
them how a long time ago a man who loved Jesus wanted to help
some young girls who's father didn't have the money to give them
gifts (when kids are old enough, they can learn about the fact
was they needed dowrys to secure marriages). You can tell them
how "St. Nicholas" was generous and kind and gave the family the
money they needed. You can tell him that whenever we give to
others, we are being just like St. Nicholas, and when we have
Jesus in our hearts, we are copying him, since he also loved The
Lord. We also give gifts (just as the Wise Men did to Jesus),
because we want to show how much we love people, just as Jesus
told us to, and since Jesus lives within our hearts, when we
give to each other we are giving to Jesus. Jesus even said,
'when you give to the least of these, you are giving to me'. So,
with every gift we give, we are doing as we are asked to do.
You can use history and traditional stories to TEACH our
children a simple 'comparative religion' lesson. You can tell
them the history of Christmas trees...How they evolved through
time, most notably when Martin Luther saw the dazzling lights of
the moon glistening on the branches of a tree one cold winter
night, he redeemed and reclaimed what God had made for good and
made it a tribute to Him.
You don't have to say anything to a child but simple truths.
Jesus is the Reason for the Season. God is the Creator of the
Universe. Jesus is God. Jesus came to give us life, and to have
it more abundantly. The giving of gifts, the joys of family and
friends and festive attire and happiness should be a part of
your life on this Earth. God wants us to be happy and share the
love of our family/children/community. If you are so busy trying
to make your wife and child unhappy, I just don't see how that
can be pleasing to God. If you are so unevenly yoked in your
marriage, then you would probably be happier out of that
Something I've come to realize here on Five Doves....so many
people are so intense, so unhappy in their lives here, that they
make themselves and others miserable while they wait. The fact
is, we are supposed to be LIVING our lives as we wait and watch.
We are IN the world buy not OF the world. Enjoy our time here,
and look forward to the day we are taken home.
If you find it incompatible with your view of what is acceptable
to the Lord, then by all means, remove yourself from the
situation. Parents must be in sync when it comes to the kids. A
child will NOT understand why 'daddy is being a grinch', They
are too young to 'get it'. Just remember where the 'Santa' story
comes from and simply say, 'Santa loves Jesus as much as you
do'. Find some of the graphics of Santa kneeling beside the
Manger with Baby Jesus.
But mostly, remember how innocent children are, and how easily
they can be confused. I really don't see how you think that
Santa is Satan...if I were your wife I'd not let you tell my
child that either...it would scare them to death!
Also, exactly why can't your wife take part in a gift exchange
in light of the political unrest in the Middle East? If she
stayed home would things calm down? We are to live our lives
UNTIL He comes. We can keep watching while we keep living, can't
we? Have you quit your job? Have you stopped paying your bills?
Have you canceled your health insurance? Do you have food in
your freezer? We have to keep on with our daily life because we
do not know just how long it may be before He comes.
Lighten up. Mellow out. Take a deep breath. Pray. Let your child
be a child. Unless your wife has denied Christ, you have nothing
really to be so upset over. Traditions and the way we decorate
our house at any given time of the year are not what is
important...it is the condition of our hearts. Tying a red bow
on a box of chocolate and giving it to the mail man is not going
to keep you from flying in the rapture!!
I was actually not going to weigh in on this, but it's really
disturbing to see someone so upset over simple things, when I
know from experience that these are not the things that lead one
away from God.
Be of good cheer. We are celebrating the Birth of our Savior