Jesus really is the reason-sorry santa

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  • Reply AmyTerry 2016 at 6:55 AM

    Jen,
    We also chose not to do Santa,and you articulated some of the same reasons we have. It feels good to know your “why” & stand behind your choices in parenting, doesn’t it? God is so good to lead each family the way he sees best. And we can trust him because he sees the bigger picture. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 9:29 AM

      Amy, Yes it does feel good! Knowing why you do something is key when faced with pressure to back down. If I wasn’t sure about our reasoning, I definitely would have been swayed when people gave us strange looks. Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Michelle Parkman 2016 at 9:29 AM

    We do Jesus and Santa, but wish we had done it differently from the get-go. I say our holiday is 95% Jesus and 5% Santa. But it should be 100% Jesus. Thank you so much for sharing-you put it perfectly into words!!!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 2:23 PM

      Michelle, if you think you’ve struck a happy balance, then great for you! 95% is a huge percentage. It’s great that your making sure Jesus is getting the recognition! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Justine Y @ Little Dove 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Haha, I love your last point! I totally agree with that! Okay, in all seriousness though, I agree with you on all of this. We always focus on Jesus Christ during the holidays. We have lots of special traditions that all about the Savior. Like you, we teach our children about Saint Nicholas; we celebrate St. Nick’s day so that’s they day we talk about who he was and why we honor him at Christmastime (I feel like honor isn’t quite the right word, but you know what I mean). And although we do go get Santa pictures (cause I mean, come on, they’re cute) we always say that we’re going to see the man “dressed like Santa”. From the beginning I just was careful to never emphasize the mythical part of Santa Claus, so we don’t do cookies and milk and we don’t do Elf on the Shelf… sometimes I see the cute things other parents do and it bums me out, but I think our way is better for our family!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 11:19 PM

      Justine, it’s so funny, my daughter just said “Santa brings presents” (cause peer pressure got to her and she’s 4 so she can’t handle it) and I said “Um, Santa don’t have a job to buy presents, but mommy and daddy do”. HA! Point is, she didn’t care who put them there, just as long as they were there. Our kids will be alright. Oh, and we introduced our elf when we moved to our new home (my son was 7), she just showed up one day. We didn’t always do it. Merry Christmas!

  • Reply brittanyputman15 2016 at 8:31 PM

    We do Santa. But we do our best to make Jesus the center of our Christmas celebration. It’s definitely an important issue to discuss.

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 11:36 PM

      Brittany, I think that’s great that you’ve found a way to merge the two, while keeping Jesus at the center. I pray you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Jennifer 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Thank you! We don’t do Santa Claus, either! I was feeling like I was the only one who did this. All the reasons you listed is why we don’t do Santa Claus. We focus on making Christmas about Jesus because that’s what it’s truly about. We celebrate Advent first and then on Christmas Eve we begin our Christmas celebration until the second week of January. We do “Santa Gifts” where if you get a very special gift it’s called a “Santa Gift” but it’s not from Santa Claus. Your Santa Gift can be from Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, etc. My kids love the idea of Santa Gifts, but again they know it’s not from Santa Claus. Our Christmas is always joyous and so much fun. And since we start off with celebrating Advent first, our celebration is actually really long! I think I would like to try St. Nick’s Day for next year so my kids can understand how the tradition of St. Nicholas came about.

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 11:33 PM

      Jennifer, you are not alone, we are many-HAHA! You have an awesome long celebration of Jesus, and I’m down with that! I love that you take time to really celebrate the holiday. I was just thinking how the season is going by so quickly (maybe because as adults we’re more aware of time) but having a long celebration like you do could help with that. Thanks for sharing your Christmas traditions!

  • Reply Stacey 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Hi Jen! I’m visiting your blog from [Blogging with Heart Facebook Group]. Love, love, love this post. I am not a mother but I am a Christian and I think the way you’ve decided to share the truth of Jesus and honor His birth n your family and to your children is beautiful! Your thoughts and the beautiful way in which you’ve explained it to your children is right on point. Awesome post!!

    • Reply Jen Enoch 2016 at 11:15 PM

      Stacey, thank you so much for visiting and sharing your thoughts. I’m so happy that you liked this, it’s all new to me, so feedback is truly appreciated here! Merry Christmas to you!

  • Reply Pretty as a Peach 2016 at 11:41 AM

    This is a very interesting take. Thank you!

    -Anna, http://www.prettyasapeach.com

  • Reply My TransPHORMation 2016 at 4:45 PM

    I feel the same way and especially about your reason #1

    My kids believe and I don’t even know how to tell them. Still thinking about how to share the news with them.

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