Recently I’ve been a little overwhelmed by Santa and Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. I have nothing against these fun, fictional aspects of Christmas, but it seems they have infiltrated my 5-year-old son’s mind this holiday season. He is nonstop belting out “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and pointing out every corny inflatable Christmas decoration as we drive around neighborhoods.
“Mommy, am I on the naughty or nice list?” he asked me the other day.
As parents, we want to have the perfect response to questions like that. We want to have some knowledge that reaches the child right where they’re at and leaves a lasting spiritual impact. Now, I’m definitely not Mom of the Year, but I tried to use the opportunity to remind him that Santa’s Naughty or Nice List isn’t what matters most. “What matters is what Jesus thinks,” I told him. “Are your actions making Jesus happy?”
At Christmastime, kids tend to get very focused on receiving. It’s important to remind kids that Christmas is about giving. Jesus was God’s gift to us. The wise men are a great reminder that we can give gifts to Jesus (gifts like our time, attention, and tithe/offering). We can also give gifts to friends, family, the homeless, and great nonprofits.
Practically, I’ve been trying to incorporate more Jesus into our lives this Christmas. With all the influences that the world throws our way, it’s easy for them to become focused on the glitz and glamour of snowmen and reindeer and forget that Christmas is all about a baby King who humbly arrived in a stable.
5 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas:
- Visit a live nativity, if your community has one. Or consider purchasing a nativity to display on your lawn or in your home.
- Make a birthday cake for Jesus.
- Watch Christmas movies/shows featured on Christ and giving. We love Veggie Tales “The Toy That Saved Christmas.” Which Christ-centered Christmas movies do you and your kids love?
- Attend a Christmas church service as a family.
- Christmas carols like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” are fun, but be sure to expose them to Christ-centered ones too, like “Silent Night,” and “Away in a Manger.” My friend Yancy (2021 Dove Awards “Children’s Album of the Year” Winner) also has a great Christmas album, “Have a Fancy Yancy Christmas.”
What do you and your family do to keep Christ in Christmas?