I was reading to Micah last night prior to our bedtime routine, in an attempt to settle his wild soul down. So, of course we were reading, “Where the Wild Things Are.” It was adorable to hear him repeat Max’s phrases, “Be Still!” and “Let the wild rumpus start.”
And as I sat tonight trying to settle my soul into this special season that is upon us, it instead felt like the world declaring, “Let the wild rumpus start!”
For many, the rumpus of the Christmas season began the very night we give thanks for all we have. What better way to reflect on our abundance of blessings than to rush out and get more, right? I don’t have a problem with those wanting to get a jump on giving and save while doing it, but the retailers pushing it earlier and earlier is just ridiculous. I just avoid it all together! Was the Dollar Tree even running a Black Friday special? That’s where my DIY gifts will hail from!
We are in a consumer society that teaches us to want more, need more, and be satisfied with none. Trying to teach little ones what Christmas really means is tough.
I am all for passing on Christmas traditions from childhood, Santa, gift giving, and The Grinch.
But I am all about the greatest and first Christmas gift, Christ.
To be cliche, He is the reason for the season, in this heart and hearth, and I hope in yours. There is nothing better to give or to get than the FREE gift of God’s grace, wrapped beautifully in swaddling clothes, and delivered in the humble form of His son, Jesus Christ.
But I’ve been struggling on how best to deliver this message to my children’s hearts (and ours) without robbing them of simple, fun Christmas magic and joy that comes in many commercial forms ….