If you know even the least bit about me you likely know that my love for Christmas is strong and runs deep. If you don’t believe me, just ask around or swing on by the house in about a month when I begin putting up our 5 Christmas trees. My husband wishes I was just kidding about that.
Christmas at the Newman house has always came with the challenge of finding a balance. But more importantly instilling Gospel truth about Christmas into our children’s hearts. We believe that Christmas is not for us or about us. Christmas is all about Jesus, sharing His story and love with others. Teaching our children truth while the world around us is screaming its “be selfish agenda” at them has always been hard.
Then there is the big question of where Santa fits into the picture?
Since we’re talking about Santa, let me tell you a little secret…
I think somewhere in my heart I still believe in Santa.
Santa is magical, he has enchanted my mind and thoughts ever since I was a little girl. I knew he wasn’t real long before I ever admitted it, I just couldn’t let go. It would bring joy to my heart if my girls could someday be 31 year old women that say the same thing.
Recently I had the chance to review a new holiday children’s book, The Gift Giver.
The Gift Giver is a beautiful story that tells the story of how Santa is tied to and shared as part of the true meaning of Christmas.
The book cleverly tells a story of a boy who wakes up to discover Santa delivering presents. He is a bit upset that he is only left three and asks for more. Santa confronts him with the question “What do you believe Christmas is?” and goes on to explain that gifts are only meant to remind us of something greater. When the boy asks him to explain Santa tells the story of how he came to exist. This story explains Santa in a way I have never heard before, in a way that children can understand and be excited about. It ties Santa to the Gospel message in a beautiful and creative way.
It is a story of love, hope, miracles and joy, exactly what Christmas is really all about.
I wanted to share it with my girls immediately but decided to save it just a little while longer. The holidays are soon coming and once again the worldly views of Christmas will soon be everywhere. The Gift Giver is an excellent tool to help refocus our hearts, both young and old, on what Christmas is really all about. I can’t wait to read this book with my girls.