Has it ever occurred to you that maybe Santa Claus gets more notice and prominence than Jesus at Christmas time? That the gifts under the Christmas tree get more attention than God’s gift of His Son, which is what the holiday is supposed to be about? Do you think I’m exaggerating? Ask any kid under the age of 8; they will almost all tell you that Christmas is about Santa, gifts, family, and pretty lights. Those things are great, of course (I love them myself), but how did the greatest news the world has ever heard get bumped from the “lead story of all time” to a mere footnote? How did our values get so upside down?
My hunch about “how?” is that parents themselves have gotten so entangled in the hustle and bustle of gift giving, holiday parties, tree trimming, house decorating, and family gathering that the “reason for the season” just drops off their radar. And when it drops off mom’s and dad’s radar, it doesn’t get passed on to the kids—and it becomes all about Santa etc.
Now, of course, celebrating Christmas is not a Biblical command; it’s a tradition that is optional (see Romans 14:5) depending on each man’s conscience. But if you are going to celebrate, let me encourage you to not forget to tell the kids (and remind yourself, too) of the priceless gift of a “Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (see Matthew 2:11), and why He is so very important to us all.
So enjoy the tree, the gifts, Santa, the parties, the family feasts, and all the rest—I will. But don’t forget the “reason for the season”, Jesus the Christ, God’s Son, Savior, the Lamb, and our Hope of eternal life. It’s really the best part—and don’t forget to tell the kids.