What do you want to teach your children about Christmas? Do you want the Christ child to take center place? Do you want to teach your children that it is more blessed to give than to receive? Do you want to teach them to be kind and to reflect the spirit of giving in their everyday life?
Do you want to teach them the joy of family? Do you want to teach them to be gracious and thankful even for gifts received that they do not like or want?
Do you want to teach them to entertain strangers and to extend their festivities to those who are less fortunate? Do you want to teach them respect for the man with the cardboard sign at the stop light, reading “Have family. Have no money. Please give this Christmas”? Do you want them never to pass the bell ringer without donating?
Do you want to teach them that worship is one of the expected activities and church attendance is not optional, not a chore but a joy all year and especially at this Holy season?
Do you want to teach them the joy of preparing special food for others, to show them that making a meal of delicacies and favorite foods is a way to express love? Do you want to show them that a Christmas table adorned with candles and other decorations is an expression of caring for those dining?
Do you want to teach them that it is a busy season, the gifts have all year and to be bought, that as frustrated as you are you still have to buy for Uncle Andrew and he is never happy with anything he receives. Do you want to teach them that it is acceptable for them to sulk or pitch a fit when they do not receive something they want, for that is what you did. Do you want to teach them that when you are tired and your time is limited it is fine to be cranky and sharp? Do you want to demonstrate the Christmas means doing more than you possibly can or should expect from yourself? Do you want to show them that the mother with the crying child at the mall, the grandfather dragging the 6 year old boy by the arm, those pushing and prodding exhausted youngsters to keep to an adult agenda are okay?
Do you want to show them that the Christmas lights in the yard is all about competition, and that dad HAS to beat neighbor Joe this year. Do you want to teach them to bow to the pressures of political correctness and rename this season a Winter Holiday?
Whatever it is you wish to teach your child about Christmas telling them will not work. What you model for them is what they will learn. The Lord God showed us His love by sending His Son, wrapped in flesh to save all men as the greatest example of all. Truly he is Emanuel, God with us.