Saturday, December 13, 2014
He also added that he wanted to tell Santa about "the greatest present ever" which of course is JESUS, and I may have melted a little when he mentioned that. We always knew that we wanted to play Santa with our kids-- both Daniel and I grew up knowing and believing in Santa, but when so many people in Christian homes, don't do Santa, I'm not going to lie, I questioned myself a little bit and felt a little guilty at first for playing along.
I love the magic that Santa brings, and the joy that it brings to the boys, but I didn't love the condemnation I was reading all over the internet. With all of that said, I think that we have found a great balance. We keep our focus on Jesus reading Bible stories throughout advent with our Jesse tree, and we remind each other that the fun of presents at Christmas is a blessing to us and reminder that Jesus is the greatest present we could ever get. (Plus, Christmas aside, our kids get Jesus year round, every single day... just because the big man in the red suit comes in for a month in December doesn't take away from the life in Christ that we live 365.) I will add that Santa in our house is a grace filled Santa, he understands that sometimes we are naughty and sometimes we are nice, and he still freely gives grace and presents to all..... didn't necessarily set out to chase that rabbit trail, but those are my 2 cents on the whole Santa thing.
Without further ado, here is Santa himself.....
Less than 2 weeks away from the big day friends-- I hope that you all are enjoying the excitement and the magic in the Season as well. But also remembering that Jesus is the greatest present of all!
Monday, December 8, 2014
You can find days 1-10 over here and days 11-20 right here.... and then I have two confessions. Number one... I'm only about 8 days late posting this. I'm not really sure how we have gotten to December 8th already? I honestly can't remember what I spent the last week doing, and while I have been counting down to Christmas since July, I'm kind of in shock that we are only like 2 weeks away now. Confession number 2, you'll find at the end....
Day 23- (from Hayden of course)
..... 25? 25? Bueller? Bueller?
Yea, so confession number 2, we didn't finish. ((sigh)) I tried so hard to be on top of it, but then we just got lost in the season. Giving myself some grace this year, because regardless of whether we got to 30 or not, regardless of whether this post was published on December 1st or December 8th, the point of thankfulness still came across to my little fellows and that's the whole point anyway. I pray that each year as we enter this busy and chaotic season surrounded by Santa and presents, that they take away what really matters-- that they are loved and blessed by God. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Santa, and I LOVE presents, but Jesus is the best present we could ever have!
Hopefully I won't let 3 weeks pass again before my next post, I hope that you all are finding time to sit back and enjoy the season amongst the busyness. Until next time friends, sending lots of love your way!