Then a blog post from a blogger named Jen started floating around Facebook, so I read it and took a sigh. A-ha! This witty blogger put into words what I was feeling, and then some.
This past summer, my sister-in-law shared an idea her family was doing for Christmas when it came to purchasing gifts for their kiddos:
1) Something they want
2) Something they need
3) Something to give to others
I loved the idea and my husband and I agreed to follow those rules for our own kids this year. If people are pepper-spraying each other for X-Boxes on Black Friday, surely we can help reign things in a bit.
Christmastime always presents a bit of an issue for me because of the balance we try to strike with making it "all about Jesus" and also buying lots of gifts and writing letters to Santa, the guy who doesn't actually exist. I've tried to figure out how I could do both. I didn't grow up doing the "Santa thing", so I'm really just terrible at it, but a lot of people I know do it and seem to have no issue with it, so I've given it a fair amount of thought and I've still managed to come up empty. The only ideas I can drum up are to add more nativities, talk about Jesus a lot, light lots of Advent wreaths, go to a lot of Christmas Eve services, read the Christmas story a million times before Christmas Day ... and then I can do the other stuff, too, right? Because I've done a good job of telling my kids what Christmas is "really" about, right?
And then I realized that all I'm doing is a lot of works, basically, and missing the point entirely.
So, no Santa for us. (If you love Santa and love doing Santa, I am in no way saying you are wrong or horrible or whatever. It's just that I can't do it. But that doesn't mean you can't!)
Read this post and tell me what you think. Really, read it before you comment. She says a lot of what I can't seem to articulate.
Have a lovely day.