Christmas has become many things. Christmas is commercial, Christmas is religious, Christmas is contradiction after contradiction and often Christmas is hypocritical. I am a Christian and I cannot deny these things. So how do I teach my children about something that is all these things? How do I teach my children the good and the bad? Or do I? Do I sugar coat the holiday? Do I just give them the Bible? Do I just repeat what preacher after preacher might tell us?

No. I believe in my children being well rounded. I believe in them choosing for themselves and being educated in that decision and I believe that when I say educated in that decision it does not mean just educated in Christianity. It means a well-rounded education, other religions, other world views, other politics, other.

So what will I teach my children?
1. I will teach my children that I have faith that Christ died for my sins
2. I will teach my children that I believe there is a God and he loves us
3. I will teach my children that Christ’s birth is to be celebrated
4. I will teach my children that Christianity is flawed
5. I will teach my children that the Bible should be read and studied
6. I will teach my children that the Bible is written by man and by extension is flawed
7. I will teach my children that Christmas is about giving, not just receiving
8. I will teach my children that it is important to count your blessings
9. I will teach my children that we are blessed
10. I will teach my children that we are privileged
11. I will teach my children that it is important to help others
12. I will teach my children that not everyone is Christian and that is okay
13. I will teach my children that other people believe in other religions
14. I will teach my children to always be respectful of other’s beliefs
15. I will teach my children what I can about those other religions and encourage them to learn more about them
16. I will teach my children about paganism and how Christmas has many traditions that originate from it
17. I will teach my children they are loved
18. I will teach my children they were fearfully and wonderfully made
19. I will teach my children they are strong and important
20. I will teach my children that Santa is historically important
21. I will teach my children origins of Santa
22. I will teach my children that Santa is not significant to the true point of Christmas

I will teach my children that they have a choice in what they think and believe and I will hope they make an educated decision. I will teach them to be loving and compassionate people no matter differences, and I will teach them to be themselves, genuine and unique through and through.

Merry Christmas!!

Sarah



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