So you’re kids are getting excited about Christmas, but they tend to be a bit unruly (I have boys so I’m with you there) . . .
. . . or maybe they are always wonderfully behaved and just love counting down to Christmas. . .
. . . whatever it is, its kinda traditional to want to keep off the naughty list . . . and be good for Santa . . .
. . . or is it?
Santa Clause . . . once the friendly bearded old man in the red suit that would always bring us presents as long a we behaved . . .
. . . is more and more becoming a taboo subject, when as 21st century parents we try to be more open and honest with our kids . . .
not necessarily wanting to confuse them about Santa, . . . and the crossover with Jesus’s birthday . . .
. . or we might feel guilty about lying to them . . . setting them up for a fall?
This article explains some of the controversial opinions.
Whatever your views on the need to be, or not to be good for Santa, the countdown to Christmas. . . and the period of Advent is actually a proper Christian festival.
So whether you want to countdown to Jesus birthday . . . or just have a cheeky chocolate every morning for 4 weeks . . .
. . . you can still join join with Advent. . .
Here’s a thought – Maybe Jesus is your Santa? . . . as a Christian you should be good for Jesus all year, but hey make your extra good behaviour a present for His birthday?
. . . December is exactly 3 days away . . . are you ready?
. . .I’ve already bought the chocolates to fill our wooden advent calendar up . . .
and my kids have already told me what they want for Christmas so they’re on their best behaviour . . .
. . . oh we’re back to the being good for Santa list again . . .
But as a parent we are all keen to find ways that might just encourage our kids to be a bit better behaved?
So alongside the chocolate filled Advent calendar, one way to keep a record of our good behaviour is with a Being good for Santa Advent chart . . .
For those of you who have an issue with the traditional Santa . .
. . or those older kids who just don’t believe in the face value image of a man flying around the night sky delivering presents in a sleigh . . .
. . . then consider thinking outside the box and with another version of Santa that is less of a who and more of a what . . .
What is my Santa?
I once saw a really excellent poem online somewhere about at alternative explanation of what Santa is . . .
(typically I can’t find it now), but it really encompassed much more than just the man in the suit.
Santa is the magic and the whole spirit of Christmas rather than an actual physical person . . .
Santa is a warm wind that blows in and brings a happy generous mood with it . . .
wafting across all of us . . . filling out hearts with Love, Joy, empathy and a will and a wish to just want to be nice to everybody . . .
. . . and put our arms around the world and give it a big hug.
That positive feeling that Christmas gives us. . . the reason why we all get excited / chilled when we start looking forward to Christmas . . .
. . . hang onto that feeling . . . that’s your Santa. . . and I guess it could be a bit different for eash one of us.
Santa’s the happiness that fills our hearts when we think about Christmas . . . the warm glow when we walk down the street decorated with Christmas lights . . .
Santa’s the joy we feel when we watch our children laughing and playing as they decorate the Christmas tree . . .
Santa is the mood that compells us to wear a silly christmas jumper to work. . .
Santa is the motivation that makes us fight through the crowds in a busy shop . . .
. . . Santa is the spirit that makes us sit back and reflect, and take stock of our lives, and be a bit less cynical than we might be the rest of the year . . .
Santa is the reason why Scrooge became much less Scroogey (yeah I know that won’t be a real word)
Being good for Santa
The man with a white beard and the red suit is just the personification of Santa . . . the happiness, the love, the empathy, the good will all wrapped up in a package of a smiling jolly man who loves and shares with everybody.
You can be Santa (and when you shop, wrap, hide, deliver – then you are!). . .
I can be Santa (and I am ) and what if you take part in that gift giving tradition at work – the secret Santa .
A really good and happy Christmas is the reward we get for being good for / as / with Santa.
Whatever age you are then keeping a check on your Scroogisity (another great made up word) might not be a bad idea . . .
. . . you should have your own being good for Santa advent chart . . .
. . . to see if you’re behaving yourself.
are you being kind and generous? . . . are you appreciating what you have and not moaning about what you don’t have?
. . . are you being loving and giving and generous are you behaving in the spirit of the Christmas season. . .
. . . . are you being good for Santa?
Why you should be good for Santa
After reading everything about the spirit and happiness and the warm glows and hugging the world, then I hope this is pretty obvious . . .
. . . The reason we all love Christmas so much because “Santa” is all around us and in our hearts at this time of year . . .
. . . and we all want it to be a special time with happy memories, family bonding, human reflection and love and compassion for all . . .
. . . So of course to make that happen you should embrace that warm wind and wrap it around you and be good for your Santa . . .
Heres another thought – think of Santa as your Christmas karma (what goes around comes around)
. . set an example to the children . . .
. . . If you have a child who might get a little bit unruly and could benefit from a little bit of advent motivation . . .
. . . and the fact that Santa (in any form that fits into your beliefs) might be watching them to make sure that they’re behaving properly. . .
. . . then you might be interested in the last chance to grab a Santa advent chart before Friday. .
Order quick and I’ll have it to you within a few hours. Share with others if you think it will help them. . .
3 days clocks ticking . . . .
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