in my journey through life this far i have tried earnestly to discover what it is that God requires of me, without being legalistic. when the kids were growing up i realized that i was just repeating what i’d known about most holidays. but things started to bug me and my heart was being pulled.
long story shortened so as not to become boring: i decided that halloween was not to be “celebrated” . dressing up for fun and having a harvest party at some other point in the fall-ok.
thanksgiving–wonderful family feasting thankful reflection holiday. it is good to give thanks every day. but as a nation it is an awesome statement. i’m alarmed by how many things i read in opposition to thanksgiving. i do not like that the black friday spendfest is somewhat connected to it.
christmas. this was the tough one. by the time i started to be convicted of stuff the kids were past the santa phase. oh, so much scripture searching and soul searching.
we stopped the tree. i decorate with greens and sometimes have little accent trees, but the tree had become an idol to me. so many people have said to me (christians) “how can you have christmas without a tree?” yup, its become an idol for you if you think that it can’t be christmas without one. the tree stressed me–i ditched it. and i don’t miss it. at. all.
the gifting. crazy stuff. spending money buying stuff for people that they probably won’t use. stopped the gifting one year and just concentrated on other fun things. the kids were very happy. the next year we gifted but limited it. now we just pull names in sept. and we don’t buy for any extended family. i do make some homemade stuff & food gifts.
now, the big one: santa. after going in one side and out the other on this topic, here is where i am. i see nothing wrong with childhood fantasy. in a christian household that lives their lives with God at the center, children know the difference between make believe and real. they know God is real because they see Him work in their lives and their parents lives. same with the easter bunny, tooth fairy, etc…. childhood is all about make believe and fantasy and that is a good thing!
well, now that i got that off of my chest–on to bigger and better things!
have a great monday!!!!