we are a family of anclican christians and i want to teach my kids the true meaning of christmas and not that some pretend person breaks into the house on christmas eve to give them gifts ,in my opinion the true meaning of christmas has been belittled by non religious people making it to be something its not but non religious people dont celebrate hanukkah and turn it into something else , they dont celebrate eid and turn it into something else so why christmas, so how can i teach my kids the true meaning when the true meaning is near enough extinct and taken over by the santa clause
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14-12-2011 10:07 #1
anglican xmas dilemma
14-12-2011 10:16 #2
I'm not religious so forgive me for replying, but simply not introducing Santa into your Christmas is a good place to start. You are free to teach your children what you feel is relevant to your family.
Incidentally, we don't do the Santa thing at all
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14-12-2011 10:28 #3
I was brought up strict catholic so always knew the true meaning of Christmas, even from a very young age. We attended mass and my parents talked about jesus and the christmas story so we understood. However, we still had santa as the pure joy it gave us as kids that didnt have much (we only got 1 present each) was something my parents didnt want to deny us. To this day I love that they did that, I have such amazing memories of christmas but never, even as a kid, thought the meaning was about presents. We each opened our present one at a time and watched each others excitement. I think it is harder now as kids get so much 'stuff' and christmas is so commercial it is a tough balance. Good luck.
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14-12-2011 10:31 #4
I think that what anagram said is correct. You can control the dialogue in your home so you can teach your kids what christmas means to you and why you observe it in the way that you do.
14-12-2011 10:37 #5
I come from a Methodist Christian family and plan on teaching my children the true meaning of Christmas too. We were brought up knowing the true meaning (from being taught at church and by family) but also enjoying the Santa side of it too. My family embraced both and I think, because of that, Christmas has always been a very special and fun time of year that I have been able to enjoy no matter where I am or who I am with.
As a PP mentioned, the toughest thing i reckon is finding the balance especially with kids being given so much (useless) stuff these days.
14-12-2011 11:01 #6Senior Member
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I was brought up catholic and went to catholic schools. We always knew about the true meaning of Christmas. My parents did have Father Christmas in our house as well as they liked the joy it would bring us. My extended family (some of which are very strict Catholics) also embrace both the religious and "commercial" side of christmas. Do you know the story of St Nick? You can always go back to the roots of father christmas with your children if you want to give the modern Santa a miss.
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14-12-2011 11:06 #7Senior Member
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A nice way might be to incorporate traditions of faith into your Christmas celebrations - so light Advent candles at home each week etc. There are plenty of Christian bookshops with Christmas stories for kids.
You can't block out the rest of the world and their celebration of Santa, but you can control the way your family celebrates it.
Plenty of people celebrate Christmas without Santa.
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14-12-2011 11:09 #8
What others do at Christmas time should be irrelevant to you and your family. If I, an atheist, want to celebrate it as a day to give gifts, spend time with family, etc and not observe any religious aspect of it, it shouldn't have anything to do with how you celebrate it.
If you want to do away with the Santa/Christmas tree/"festive," stuff, then do it. Some people close to you might complain if they're used to having you involved in this area, but it's ultimately your right to refuse to participate, and your right to not involve your children as well.
14-12-2011 11:13 #9
I am offended that you think Santa breaks into people's homes . He is invited with cookies and milk and carrots for the reindeers
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14-12-2011 11:22 #10-
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OP, teach your children what you want them to get out of Xmas.
Personally, I don't agree with the religious aspect of Xmas, as my own beliefs are more in line with pagan beliefs. But I don't begrudge anyone to celebrate how they want.
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