What I Hope to Teach My Children About Christmas!

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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6 thoughts on “What I Hope to Teach My Children About Christmas!

  1. GREAt! I believe it is important to teach them many things and give them a choice. Brainwashing never helped anyone. God created us to be unique ans individuals, not robots, right? Good job mamma

  2. Good for you for wanting them to understand multiple perspectives and to choose what they believe rather than forcing one point of view or another. I agree wholeheartedly with your approach! I agree there are so many contradictions with Christmas. I just tried to emphasize giving/kindness this Christmas instead of the gifts. That was more important this year, and it made the season so much fun! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    -Ashley, lookforlittlehelpers.com

  3. I admire and love that you want to teach your kids that theres many aspects to Christmas and everyone celebrates in different ways. some religious, some not. some merely commerical, and some not.

  4. It’s so great that you are teaching your kids how Christmas can have many different aspects to it. It everyone celebrates it the same way but that’s ok. I want my daughter to have the same understanding.

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