Monday, December 6, 2010
Mormons and Chrismas...
The name of my church is, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We believe in Christ. We talk of Christ. We rejoice in Christ, and part of that rejoicing is in the fact that He was born. That He came to this earth. That He came as a baby to a world that would not believe Him or His mission and a world that would eventually kill Him.
My family and I set up our Christmas tree, got out our Little People nativity, and listened to Christmas music tonight. My princess kept calling the baby Jesus figurine baby Santa. It's such a struggle to teach your kids about the true meaning of Christmas with all of the commercialism infiltrating our homes.
Some people don't even write Christmas anymore, but use Xmas. I know it's just shortening the word, but it's literally taking Christ's name out of Christmas, when He is the true reason we even have this holiday because had he not been born, we would not be celebrating.
My Buddy had a birthday this month. What did we celebrate? The fact that he was born.
It's the Christmas season, the time when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The time we the world slows down and everyone takes a few minutes to reflect on what really is important in our lives. Our families. Our friends. Our loved ones. Our Redeemer. Why not remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Now, I need to focus on ways I can teach my kids the true meaning of Christmas. I need to teach them why we have this special holiday. I need to teach them it's about our Savior being the greatest gift ever given to any of us, and not all about the gifts wrapped in beautiful paper.
What are some ways you teach your kids the true meaning of Christmas, when we are being inundated with commercialism?