My husband calls me Scrooge at Christmastime. He loves Santa, stockings, candy, caroling, hot cocoa, etc. I love Christmas for Christ. The end. But the end isn’t really that final, is it? How can we find a happy balance between Christ and Santa in Christmas?? As a parent it’s so hard to help my kids understand both. Both are good. The spirit of Santa is real, even though the actual character is not. As my 10 year old started to figure out Santa wasn’t real a couple of years ago, I made it a positive experience and pointed out how real he CAN be. We talked about all the cute Christmas movies with happy endings, the acts of kindness, how much more giving people are during the holidays, the miracles that occur. And by the end of the conversation, she was the one who realized that Santa in in fact similar to Christ. Santa and Christmas are all about miracles, just like Christ is. HE is the real spirit of Christmas. As much fun as it is to decorate for Christmas, Christ is the reason for the season. So when owner of The 25 Days of Christ emailed us, I immediately jumped at the chance to help promote her company.
I’m so in love with her idea and kick myself for not knowing about it when my oldest was younger. Basically, The 25 Days of Christ is a kit + guide to start sharing Christ’s story on December 1st. Each day, there is an ornament to put on the tree along with a scripture passage to explain the ornament. How simple is that? It’s perfect for kids to understand the real meaning of Christmas, a visual for them. It will be so fun for my kids to help decorate each ornament as a family activity in November by painting and decorating them, then watch them in sequence fill our tree. I’m so excited!! I’ve been a Scrooge but other than reading from Luke, I probably haven’t done enough to balance out Santa. Although we do give extra service at Christmas, we also enjoy the fun details of Christmas parties, Secret Santas, neighbor gifts, leaving cookies & carrots for Santa & his reindeer, etc. I’m so thrilled this can be a happy balance between the jolly guy and our Savior.
You can start your own tradition by buying a kit. It comes with all the materials to assemble 25 ornaments that correspond with the daily readings (see below), instructions, a booklet for reference and even a gift bag for the family to open when presenting ornaments. Plus you can reuse the box to store it all for years to come. Genius. The owner’s goal is to start a tradition will draw families of all denominations closer to Jesus Christ. We couldn’t agree more. I’d be lost without my Savior as my guide. But I won’t get into that right now, read more of our beliefs here (:
Hurry hurry to buy your kit! We just heard back from the owner who said the limited number of kits are selling FAST!! The good news is that once they sell out, they’ll start a waiting list for next year. For anyone who emails them (email@example.com) and adds their email address to the waiting list, they’ll be entered in a giveaway for one of our very last kits to be drawn at the end of October. Everyone on the wait list gets first notification next fall plus a discounted price for patiently waiting.