I'm joining in for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!
And being this week is Christmas I'm guessing the majority of those doing gratitude posts are going to be focusing on Jesus and His birth.
And that's how it should be. Although this post has two different but related topics in it.
My husband and I are starting a tradition of viewing The Nativity Story every Christmas. We watched it last year and it was amazing. Very eye opening, as a new mom at the time the scene of Mary giving birth in a barn was just heart breaking. I can not even fathom what that young girl went through.
Bless her heart.... I can not wait to see her above and give her a big hug and thank you for what she sacrificed for us.
A friend of mine and fellow blogger wrote this post on not doing the 'Santa' thing. I know exactly what she's talking about. We receive the strangest looks when we announce that we are not doing the 'Santa' thing. It's like we are depriving our children of the most basic foundations of their youth.
We just want the focus of Christmas to be on Christ. And you know what's sad - the public feel it's ok to push Santa on us but heaven forbid we even think about sharing Jesus with them. Why we would be pushing religion on them!
I know this is not an easy topic and in no way am I judging those who do celebrate Santa (some of my best friends do this) but... if our decision is not to celebrate Santa then we should also not be looked down upon. This is more about the double standard that is out there in the public. We are destroying the very foundation of our kids by not having Santa come to visit us.... because we are celebrating what we believe in.
If anyone wants the exact reasons why we don't celebrate Santa please contact me here.
So today I am thankful for Jesus and what he did for us. I am thankful for Mary and all that she went through, I am also thankful for Joseph and what he had to suffer as well. (Imagine being the dad of Jesus!). I am also thankful for my husband and his decisions to protect our family.
Every have a blessed and Merry Christmas!