Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmastime = Bribe or Blessing?

It never fails, as soon as the big holiday in October passes, I hear parents both in the stores and in cyber-land chatting about the excitement of Christmas. Sadly, more often than not though, instead of focusing on the BLESSING that Christmas brings, they are scheming up ways to use the next two months in BRIBING their kids toward good behavior. Someone was rather smart in taking advantage of this mentality and "helped" parents out by producing the ever-popular Elf on the Shelf.

It's no wonder why families struggle to enjoy the real meaning of Christmas. I've never really fully understood the logic in lying to my children when it's honesty I am striving for. Was St. Nick a real person? Yep, and we have told our children so. But we're unwilling to trade in the BLESSING of Christmas for BRIBERY.

Reality is that God is the one who really sees all that we do ... both good and bad. That is REAL stuff right there. Not some made up magic. Oh and how important it is for our children to know so. That sweet 'lil babe that was born long ago was born with a PURPOSE. To grow up and to die for you and for me, bearing all our sins, so that we might have LIFE. That, my friends, is the BLESSING of Christmas. A pure and wonderful gift for you and for me that we are entirely undeserving of. This is what I want my children to know about. This is what we long to celebrate. This is what changes lives.

I'd love to hear about how you teach your children the BLESSING of Christmas. Please share.

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