So, I read this article/blog post about cancelling Christmas.
And then I got sad. And then I panicked because what if I’m-a-lesser-Christian-because-I-haven’t-cancelled-Christmas-for-my-own-sinful-children. They take after their mama. But I’m sure not gonna cancel Christmas for myself. Nope, I like presents. I guess I’m entitled.
Now we did try the 3 symbolic gifts last year for gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And it felt very religious of us, but it didn’t feel right, for us. We’ve certainly debated Santa (and the verdict is…he’s coming!). In fact he’ll be arriving early. He’s coming on the 22nd because he knows we have very special family that we like to spend the holidays with. So he comes special for us so we can have our Christmas at our house and have Christmas with all our family. He sure does like family.
And I’ve certainly debated how many presents are enough and how many are too many. Should we do a set number or a set dollar amount? Should we? Shouldn’t we? Should we?
And I think I’ve landed on the other side of the fence. We’re doing Christmas! The more the merrier, right? You see, one of my love languages is gifts. I love to give ’em and get ’em. I plan all year for this, literally. I put money aside out of our budget every month to save for Christmas. I buy gifts all year long as I think of things and see things that I think the people that I love would love. I have lists and lists for this.
But back to my children and the child psychologist that I am NOT. They get two days a year, Christmas and their birthday. Or, one, if you’re my Hannah. I really just have a hard time believing that it’s going to completely ruin them and turn them into entitled sinners if they get too many presents for Christmas. I mean, they’re already entitled little sinners before all this Christmas stuff even came into discussion, right? So, maybe it’s not so bad for us to give them presents on Christmas (and their birthday and any other day we want). Maybe it’s okay for them to know that they’re special and that people who love them spent time and money buying/making them presents. Maybe they’ll be ungrateful. Maybe they’ll be thankful. Maybe they’ll cry. Maybe they’ll laugh. And maybe, in the end, it’ll all be ok.
And, honestly, I like to buy presents for my kids. My kids, my entitled, selfish, spoiled, hateful, mean, and sinful children. Why? Because I love them no matter what. Their getting of gifts doesn’t depend on their attitude or behavior. You see where this is going, right? I happen to think that I reflect the Father a little when I give good gifts to my children. He certainly does this for me. And the reality is that he outgives me every time. (Matthew 7:11 “ If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”) Now, I’m no Bible scholar or child psychologist and I’ve not done any studies or surveys, so surely don’t just take my word for it. But, I think I turned out ok. And we had a nativity and Santa growing up. I love Jesus and Santa. I mean, not in the same way or anything, but still, they both give me good gifts without me asking or deserving it.
P.S. – And please don’t cancel Christmas just because some chick and some dude in blogland did and it got posted on the Today show website.