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‘Tis the Season

Christmas is my favorite time of the year: the music, arts, foods, smells, memories, presents, family….I love every bit of it. I start listening to Christmas music way too early, according to most, and I want to decorate before Halloween 🙂 It is definitely my favorite time of the year.

As a Christian, I know and believe the true reason for Christmas. Jesus Christ. God sent His Son to earth, an earthly manifestation of our Heavenly Father, to be born, to live, and to die an agonizing death as a human being. Why? Because He loves me. He loves you, too. (I’m not making this up-check out John 3:16). That, above all else, is why I adore Christmas. The other stuff is just icing on the cake. I thoroughly enjoy the icing, too!

I want to instill in my children the real reason for Christmas. I also want to make sweet memories while doing this. Trying to find the balance can be difficult for some. So, we have a 3 present rule of thumb, so to speak. If you ask the boys, they will tell you why they only receive 3 gifts from Santa Claus. It’s extremely simple, whether you’re versed in Scripture or not. In the book of Matthew, we are told of three wise men (or kings) called the Magi who came to bring gifts to Jesus. They found him by following a bright star (hence the reason we place a star atop our Christmas trees). Each man, or king, brought one gift: gold, incense, and myrrh. As soon as they saw Jesus, they fell down and worshipped him, presenting these gifts to Him as on offering. (Matthew 2:1-12) The one and only Son of God was born and received 3 gifts. Why do we need more? We don’t even need the three, but this does help explain a Bible story to my children, year after year. It also allows them the opportunity to witness to others about why they only receive 3 presents.

You may be wondering how {or if} we went from tons of gifts to just three. We did. After seeing the abundance of “gimme, gimme, gimme” attitudes, my husband and I had enough. A friend of ours explained what they had always done with their children (only they didn’t include Santa). We adapted it to fit our lives in the way we felt Christ leading us. We simply sat the children down and asked them to explain the story of the Wise Men to us. Once they had finished, we asked why Jesus only received 3 gifts, and they receive dozens? Some of their answers included things like, “because He was just a baby” or “maybe He didn’t want any toys.” We asked if that made any sense to them. (They were about 4 &5 at this time). They were honest and said no, but they still didn’t want to not get presents. 🙂 We told them we had talked with Santa Claus, and he agreed that 3 presents was plenty for them to have at Christmas. They would still receive gifts from us, as well as friends and family. That was the end of it; they didn’t fuss or cry. They don’t question it. They accept it, and tell others about it. I really am proud of them for accepting it as well as they did.

So, now, at Christmas they get 3 gifts from Santa, and normally 2 from us (one for Christmas Eve and one for Christmas morning).We are able to focus our time and energy on helping others, donating toys and clothes, baking, singing, and watching old Christmas movies. Each day in December, we learn more of the Christmas story, and now the older boys are able to help teach it to our littlest. Nothing I can ever do on this earth will compare to what God did for me by sending Jesus, a tiny infant, to save the world (which includes me). I feel like this is one of the many ways I can foster that belief in my children. It isn’t for everyone, but the Holy Spirit made it very clear that it is for us. We will continue to obey God, as the Holy Spirit leads, and I pray that my children truly understand what happened the night The King was born in a stable, wrapped in cloths, placed in a manger (trough), and saved the world.

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I am a child of God, first and foremost. Secondly I am a wife; very much ( and sometimes undeservingly) loved, by my husband Sam. And last, but most certainly not least, I am a mom to 3 beautiful boys: Mitchell, Andrew and Buddy. We homeschool, love family time, and enjoy helping others. I am also a doula. I love my work and love writing about it as well. I am very passionate about my beliefs, and my blogs tend to show that. Enjoy reading!

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