After researching my last post I found out a whole heap of stuff about the Christmas story that I knew nothing about.
Now I have to try and boil it all down into something that I can tell a three year old and something that I can believe myself.
I have also found it quite confronting to examine my own thoughts on the subject. The problem is that whether you believe in it or not Jesus is the reason for the season.
There is also no point trying to ignore Santa as he is everywhere and so one has to find a way to meld them together coherently into some sort of Christmas story.
Growing up as I did in a western developed Christian country makes it extremely difficult not to believe in God and Jesus. I wonder how I would feel about it if I grew up in a Buddhist or Muslim country. I guess we will never know.
Maybe all the different organized religions are essentially just cultural interpretations of the same living energy that we call God?
Anyway…in our family, Christmas is Jesus’ birthday with Santa fitting in neatly as a follower of Jesus’ teachings.
Here is the Christmas story we have been telling our toddler.
God made the world. One day God decided that he would send his Son into the world to teach us how to be more like God.
God sent an angel to tell Mary and Joseph that they would be having a baby. Christmas day is the day we celebrate the birth of that little baby who was to be named Jesus.
Happy Birthday Jesus!
Jesus was born in a town called Bethlehem and he would grow up to bring much love and goodness into the world. This is why a lot of people celebrate his Birthday.
He was a good and kind man who helped the poor and the sick and taught people how to be more like God by loving.
On Christmas day the story of Jesus is celebrated by many people who give gifts to one another. One such man whose name was Santa Claus wanted to be like Jesus so much that on Christmas day he would give as many gifts as he could to people in need.
Santa would place the gifts in people’s houses while they were asleep and in the morning they would find the gifts but not know who they were from.
Every year on Christmas Eve Santa Claus travels far and wide to deliver gifts to all the children who are good and kind to each other just like Jesus. In the morning the children open their gifts and everyone celebrates with food and drink and thanks.
Happy Birthday Jesus…