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What does Christmas mean to you? Is it a day of family and hope? To each of us, Christmas has a different meaning.
For a couple of months before December 25th, you prepare for this special day. You shop and spend time with friends. You have work parties and school parties. You make candy and plan your big meal for the family.
Below is my Jesus, Santa poem and their values you can teach your children this Christmas and every year to come.
Christmas is advertised everywhere as a day to give, spend time with family and show love. You have cheer in your heart and a sparkle in your eye. Everyone is happy and excited to give their kids all they never had on Christmas morning.
Then along the way you hear an occasional “remember the reason for the season” and “Merry Christmas.”
Maybe you go to a church that emphasized Jesus and not the love of the day. The teaching is to only focus on Jesus and not on presents for the kids. Yes, there are religions like this.
But Jesus is Christmas and Santa, and Jesus can both be a part of your world. I want to help you understand better how to incorporate both Jesus and Santa into the values you teach your kiddos. Everyone can have the beauty of Christmas, giving, love, family and the salvation and history of Jesus.
We celebrate Christmas on December 25 because it is the day, we have chosen to wish Jesus Happy Birthday. Jesus was born on this day or a day close to December 25th.
Luke 2:11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (NIV)
History of Santa
Santa Clause was formed from after a man in the fourth century named St. Nicholas. St Nicholas parents died when he was young leaving him a wealthy child and consequently a wealthy adult.
The most famous story is about his kindness toward a man who had three daughters. The daughters couldn’t get married because their father was poor and did not have a dowry (money paid to the groom) to offer with his daughters a a bride. One-night St. Nicholas dropped a bag of gold down the chimney, and the oldest daughter could get married.
St. Nicholas was so kind he was made a saint. He is known as the saint of children. St Nicholas was born human and died a human. Jesus was born human, died human and rose again.
What values does Jesus teach us
- Faith- Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
- Hope- Psalm 39:7 And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.
- Unconditional love- Colossians 3:14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony
- Forgiveness- Luke 6:27 But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
- Give freely of ourselves- Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.
What values does Santa teach us
- Be kind- Santa teaches children to be good, help others and be kind. He explains if you do these things you will receive presents at Christmas. All humans who feel goodness will want to emulate this goodness. It doesn’t mean they will do so, but the emotion of kindness is something they will always carry inside of themselves.
- Giving-Santa teaches to give at Christmas.
- Hope- The belief that Santa builds a strong desire for hope.
- Magic of love-Santa brings an increased love at the Christmas season with the giving and excitement of the Christmas spirit.
Teach values from both
As our children grow, they will no longer believe in Santa, but Jesus will remain in their lives forever. The magic of Christmas brings the love of Jesus to children through the spirit of giving that we see in a man in a red suit with a white beard.
No, Jesus is not Santa, and Jesus is our savior. I am not saying to teach our children that Santa and Jesus are the same, but the values are very close. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with the hope and magic children see in Santa. Our children see the whole world differently than we do as adults.
Santa can be the fairytale that children need to believe in love and goodness. He can help children to understand the same excitement and giving they see in Jesus as they grow. Incorporate the values of Jesus into the belief of Santa. Children need to believe and have hope. You can teach our children the love of Jesus and the binding love that Santa represents.
I hope that my Jesus, Santa poem and their values has given you some ideas on how to teach the values of both Santa and Jesus to your children.
I know many will disagree with my theory here. But I love Jesus, and I believe in magic. I also believe that everything we as parents can do to grow this love and point it toward their savior is one step closer to the harmony and goodness of hope and faith.
I am in no way saying that Jesus and Santa are comparable. This post is designed to give a different perspective on Christmas and how both Jesus and Santa can have a positive impact on the lives of our children.
I do love questions and comments and would much appreciate any input you have to offer.