Don't worry, I don't ruin Santa Claus for my children, I just don't make him the main reason for the season. I still remember the first time my oldest daughter asked me why some people get anything they want for Christmas. Here is our story:
Every mom and dad gets to make a contract with Santa before their first child's first Christmas. Santa brings one special present and some stocking stuffers. It's easy to tell what Santa brought because he wraps his gifts in paper with his picture or big presents are sometimes unwrapped. Gifts from others usually have snowmen, candy canes, etc. Santa brings gifts to children but puts something in everyone's stocking, no matter how young or old.
Christmas is Jesus' birthday and we give gifts to celebrate. On his birth, Jesus received a gift from each of the three wise men. To help us remember this, Mom and Dad give each child only 3 gifts to represent the gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Gold = Garment (an item of clothing)
Frankincense = Fun (game, toy, music, etc)
Myrrh = Mind (something educational: book, puzzle, etc)Mom and Dad sometimes also like to pick up a few extra things for the stockings. Grandparents and other relatives are allowed to give my kids gifts, I just ask that they don't go too crazy as it is important to not become greedy. I also really like the kids to think about what they want to give to others and why.
And finally, a tradition started by my Grandma Marj, the Santa Mouse leaves a gift on the end of each child's bed. When you wake up in the morning, you can open this gift and play with it until Mom and Dad are ready for everyone to come down stairs.
IronFish thinks I have too many "rules" for Christmas, but I think it is important to have our family's guidelines so we don't get carried away with the commercialism that seems to start earlier and earlier every year. What are your Christmas
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