Well, it’s over.
Christmas is over. It’s December 26th, and perhaps a day of rest and recuperation from the holiday craze. Are you hustling for deals among the return of ugly sweaters, or maybe feeling overwhelmed by reality, debt, and unfulfilled expectations? For me, it’s a glorious, joyous day! Can I shout it louder?
The reality of Christmas is like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates in which you never know what you’re going to get. We all can share many examples to prove it. I dare you to prove it, and I’m sure that you can.
So, how did Christmas turn out for you? I hope it was all you could’ve asked for and more. Christmas was fantastic for us; it was blessed, yet not perfect. It’s an understatement to say that it was good, but I’m ready to send Santa off joyfully.
The Santa Story Stinks
Yeah, I understand that it’s easy to get frustrated when your kid finds out the truth about Santa (spoiled by another kid). You feel the magic of Christmas is lost. Hey, the wonder and miracle of Christmas doesn’t need to end when the shelf elf retires and Santa stops eating cookies. What possibly is more amazing than most of the world waking up to gifts, food, family, and a day dedicated to bless others?
My kids are young; they think Santa is real, but I could care less either way. As Christian parents, we did not enforce the belief of Santa. In fact, we journaled the truth (they will know that we told them the truth; we value truth), but we also don’t enforce not believing in Santa. The reality is that Santa is everywhere; his story is told by friends and loved ones. My kids saw him nearly ten times in public this year. So, it’s not logical for a 3 year old to understand his lack of existence when she sees him everywhere. It’s practically difficult to avoid. We embrace Santa in this brief season of life, (we share the real story of St. Nicholas) and we will let our children take ownership of both their beliefs and doubts. They will get presents when they stop believing. It’s no big deal. Honestly, the Santa story stinks because one day it will come to an end.
Christ’s story only begins with Christmas and continues into eternity.
The Star Still Shines
Jesus is the real star of the Christmas story. He leads the wise to a glorious destination. We are each on a journey and wisemen still follow Him. Jesus is the real glory of it all. I’m ready to move on with the reality that He is willing to love, lead, shine, and do the miraculous in hearts and lives everyday of the year. The season of red packages and bows may be over, but the season of joy in Christ continues.
I’m not tossing Santa off the sleigh, but I’m saying that when Santa’s reign comes to cease for the year, and when Santa’s story stinks: Jesus still shines. When my kids retire Santa, Jesus will shine brighter. Santa, we love you but you do try to outshine during Christmas – of all times. So, I’m ready to send Santa off joyfully for another year.
I’m Over Christmas
Let’s keep it real. It’s hard to teach appreciation and lack of expectation to your children when presents keep popping up into their precious, sinless hands that impress gratitude upon their hearts. You know what I mean. Adults are sometimes the same as the kids. I’m over the tantrums, the explanations, the efforts to teach gratefulness in an over-indulged culture of consumption. It’s exhausting. AND – I’m guilty. I buy into the propaganda of promise. I want to see smiles on faces and great excitement. Guess what? Today, I’m over it. I cherish the smiles and memories; I’m enjoying the toys. BUT…
Give me discipline, duties, routines, and reality.
Let’s move on and send Santa off Joyfully. The approaching new year is exciting…
new journeys, new trials (sigh), and new joys.
Here’s to you and yours for a wondrous new year!
Share your Christmas stories … the joys, the toys, and the oh, you know… never knowing what you are going to get moments. Comment to share!
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*Brook Joy writes articles on Faith, Life, Culture, and her personal journey with Health (IBD). Brook is a chocolate-loving wife & homeschooling mama (and a Christian for 20+ years)… planting and growing God’s seeds of hope at missionzera.com