Monthly Archives: November 2012

Ever Think Santa Could Reveal Our Thoughts on God?

Check out this great video called Anti-Santy Ranty.  It’s pretty eye opening, but not in the way you expect it.

 

Discovered the video via Sunshine Lenses

Please Don’t Teach Your Kids About Santa

St. Nicholas from an ancient mosaic in Turkey

With Thanksgiving out of the way we threw out the goards and pumpkins, packed up the fall decorations, cut down a tree, and started decorating the house in green, red, and gold.  The reason is obvious, Christmas is coming.  I was at walmart the other day and saw an 8-10 foot blow up raindeer, which I actually kinda like.  Yet most of what I saw was Santa Claus themed.  More and more we see an addition to the Santa Myth with the Elf on the Shelf stuff as well.

Last year I shared, Why I Won’t Be Teaching My Children About Santa Claus.  I see way to many Christian kids more focused on Santa and “his” gifts than on Jesus and His Gift.  I’ve got nothing against watching Christmas movies that involve Santa.  I liked, Tim Allen’s, The Santa Clause movies.  I loved, Will Ferrell’s Elf.  I enjoy the Grinch and Frosty Movies.  Yet as I watch some of these with my Daughter, Areli, I’ll let her know that they’re pretend.  Even now, at a year and a half, I’m teaching her that we’re decorating everything because we’re celebrating Jesus’ Birthday.  You won’t find a Santa in our house, because we’re celebrating Jesus and no other.

I will be teaching my daughter, however, about the real St. Nicholas.  We’ll be reading to her, Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend, and as she get’s older we’ll watch St. Nichola of Myra as well, so my daughter will know who the real Santa Claus really is.  I want her to know that St. Nick  was really a great defender of the Christian Faith and showed love to children because of the love he had seen in Jesus.

Parent’s if you share Santa with you kids, which is hard to avoid, make sure you don’t describe him as a God like person who is all-powerful and all-knowing.  Don’t credit him with the gifts you worked hard to provide.  Don’t decorate you houses in Santa’s image.  Rather, share with you children how Christmas is all about Jesus.  Put a nativity as the focal point to your Christmas decoration.  Teach your children who St. Nicholas really was, so that there is no confusion.  And then enjoy all the fun holiday stuff with you kids knowing what is true and what is make-beleive.

Resources

Information on the real Saint Nicholas.

Video The Real St. Nick from Lutheran Hour Ministries

St. Nicholas Films

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See also: Why I Won’t Be Teaching My Children About Santa Claus

9 Ways To Be Missional This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is two days away.  How are you going to use this day to show the love of God.  Below are 9 ways to be missional this Thanksgiving:

  1. Thanksgiving is a day of abundance.  We celebrate God’s provision for all we need for our body and life.  We celebrate this with the greatest amount of food and we celebrate with family.  Yet not everyone has family they can celebrate with.  Is there a neighbor or coworker that doesn’t have anywhere to go this year?  Jesus loved the unloved and the unlovable.  Practice Christian hospitality and invite them over.
  2. Make Thanksgiving a time of remembering the love of God.  Tell each person at the Table why you thank God that He has placed them in your life.
  3. Rather than give a quick prayer before the meal, ask people what they are thankful for this year and encorporate what they say into your prayer.
  4. Focus on the things that matter.  Thanksgiving can sometime become a time when you have to sit and talk to that relative with allegiances to different political parties or a different football team.  Don’t use this as an opportunity to start a fight.  Rather, make every conversation an opportunity to show God’s love.
  5. Don’t try to be a perfect host.  Remember, God is Gracious so you don’t have to prove yourself and God is Glorious so you don’t have to fear what others think.  Be yourself, love others, and let God control the way other’s look at you.
  6. One of the best times to grow relationships is around a dinner table, and we spend a long time around the table on Thanksgiving.  Make the most of your time with others.  Get to know them better.  Ask them about their jobs, their past, their kids, their hopes so you’ll get to know where the Gospel can speak into their lives.
  7. Get to know the Kids around the table as well.  They can often be overlooked or excluded in conversation.  Love on them and let them know your house is good place to be at.
  8. Not everyone likes sports, but if you have some people who want to watch the football game, turn it on.  Sit down and enjoy their company and get to know them better.
  9. In my house, we end up always cooking way too much and have more leftovers than what we’ll want to eat for the rest of the week.  Make sure you send some food home with your guests.  Do you have any neighbors who don’t cook?  Send them over a plate if they didn’t join you for thanksgiving.

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