When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
This year I have decided to take Santa completely out of the celebration of Christ’s birth .To keep him off the shelf next to the one and only spirit and joy of Christmas. “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord”. To me putting Santa next to Christ makes that quote a understatement. Society spends so much time and effort convincing our children of Santa that the true magic was in Christ’s birth. I get a lot of “The kids do not know better. Allow them some imagination.” Kids are smarter then we tend to believe. But it is still so easy to manipulate their little minds to believing such things. They have the greatest imaginations; regardless of a fat jolly old man who lives in the North Pole. Even though the origins of Christmas is known as a pagan holiday we still enjoy the festivities of it. Even making Christ the “reason for the season”. But then we bring other figures into the mix that replaces the reason for our celebration and think of them as harmless traditions. The commercialism of Santa has gone to far. Disrupting the essence of Christmas. As a parent and follower of Christ it is my duty to not falsely convince my children of a all knowing modernized man who comes once a year to deliver gifts to only good children. Instead, I will choose to share the magic of Christ and allow my children to think for themselves and understand that there is a greater story, a greater truth to the meaning of Christmas. I will not compare my God to another nor put him next to a false character not even once a year. My children will still know “santa” because it is inevitable due to media and society continuing to put him in ranks. I do not mind them sharing in the Christmas festivities where there may be a santa; though they will comprehend what is real and not. That those presents under the tree are from real people who worked hard and who loves them. They will be considered blessings from heaven. I will also instill humility by sharing there blessing with the unfortunate and share the stories of Jesus. What is my faith without conviction?
By taking santa out of the home I’ve brought in new ways to share the meaning and joy of Christmas. We still have our tree, snowmen etc. But under the tree rests The Original Gifts of Christmas that was given to Jesus by wise men .
Though in Matthew is doesn’t claim three wise men, but none the less they visited baby Jesus carrying gifts of Gold*Frankincense*Myrrh. So to help our children understand what these are and how they came to be I purchased just that.
This is real gold,frankincense and myrrh. The individual satin lined box is hand made to capture the spirit of The original gifts.
The 23 karat gold shavings are in a hand blown glass globe. The pure frankincense is resin from dried sap harvested from boswellia trees in Oman and Yemen. The myrrh is also resin used as incense but has a bitter fragrance. It has been selected from the highest grade Arabian myrrh available. In ancient times,gold and frankincense were equally valuable.Myrrh was the most cherished of the three and worth seven times its weight in gold.
Each year I plan to leave the original gifts of Christmas out, unwrapped and opened under the tree as a vivid reminder of Christ’s birth and importance.