Leaving a Real Lasting Impression on a True Christmas Tradition
I asked my husband, “Why do we celebrate St. Nick’s Day?”
He replied lying next to me in bed, “I’m not sure-Google it.”
To which I turned my head and asked again, “No...Why do we celebrate St. Nick’s day? Not why is it celebrated”
He continued with regret, “I don’t know. I should know, but I don’t.”
When St. Nicholas visited our house my son, who has an amazing and dangerous ability to remember everything, asked, “Mom, Does St. Nicholas think we are poor?”
Following along with the story, he would be correct. St. Nicholas used his inheritance to assist the needy, the sick and the suffering.Thinking that is was right, in theory he should not visit us & the fact that we left out boots is…well…kinda greedy. And if the idea of Santa Claus came from St. Nicholas – why are we doing both?
Searching for something, I replied
“Because you do so many nice things for others all year round he wanted to include you.”
Then there is our Elf on the Shelf named Jingle. This is an amazingly creative idea.
Maybe the Elves are trying to show how frustrating this behavior can be.
But I thought they were sent to watch out for bad behavior.
Don’t forget to get your picture with Santa!
Once it was our turn, our parents could use their own cameras and we could take our time.
Now it is like a scene from Santa Clause 3 where Jack Frost takes over the North Pole after playing a trick on Santa Claus. He transforms the secretive shop and all its magic into an attraction available to anyone willing to pay.
Now at our malls, you can even preorder your visit and picture with Santa and skip the line.
That’s doesn't scream holiday spirit to me.
Don’t’ forget about the Pickle! First one to find the pickle…does something. A dance? Cleans up breakfast? Open a gift?
And make your Reindeer Food because depending on how it is celebrated in your house you are either being nice to the reindeer who do not get to join in on the cookies and milk Or hoping they will see the food glistening on the ground and remember to visit your house.
We have fun doing all of them.
But every year there is one very important tradition that –Even if any of the others slide away -will always remain and I believe is leaving a lasting impression.My seven year even chose it when working on a class project for his class titled Family Traditions.
When brainstorming what to do, he said his list out loud as I wrote them down:
Our Annual Fourth of July Trip, Leaf Party, Rose and Thorn (when we discuss something happy and sad that happened during the week), Cat in the Hat’s birthday, Thankful Turkeys…then he said
The First Gift of Christmas!
And is PowerPoint presentation reads like this each including his own graphics, sounds and animation.
Our tradition is opening the same first gift of Christmas every year.
The first gift of baby Jesus wrapped inside a gift.
Who Celebrates? My whole family celebrates
Where is the first gift of Christmas? The first gift of Christmas is under the Christmas tree every year.
When do we open it? We open this present first, before opening any other presents.
Why is this tradition special to me? This is special because Jesus is the best gift of all.
When helping him with the slides and asking important who, what, why questions: I did not prompt him through any of it, just eagerly listened, interested in his genuine response.
Just like that an unprompted innocent faith about the true meaning of Christmas and how we created a tradition to keep the real focus of Christmas on Jesus in the midst of all the others.Please share this First Gift of Christmas with your family
and create a new tradition that will leave a lasting impression.