Today we are getting ready for breakfast with Santa. We enjoy breakfast and fellowship with other families eager to bring happy smiles and laughter from their children. Some people think bringing Santa into the church is a bad idea–not quite inviting evil, but close because it takes away from the real meaning of the season.
I, personally, believe it invites people who wouldn’t normally come to church. It also is an alternative to standing in line in the mall because people are more patient and friendly. One church we have attended for Breakfast with Santa donates the proceeds to a children’s home, so it becomes a way to help others less fortunate. Who doesn’t want to do that?
I once suggested to someone that our church should do something similar, and they felt it was wrong to invite a secular icon into the church, so they do an alternative event. That’s okay, too, even though I think that if you invite it into your home–isn’t that the same thing?
Yesterday, I went shopping with my mother-in-law so we could finish up our Christmas shopping (at least that was the intention). We talked about the foolishness of exchanging gifts with adult family members when the money could be better spent on people who couldn’t give anything in return because isn’t that what Jesus did for us? He came to Earth to give His life to save us from our sins–something we can’t do for ourselves. The Wise Men brought Him presents because they knew He was special. We give gifts to our children because they are special to us. Their precious lives are already bought and paid for. The smiles and joy they bring into our lives is worth every penny we spend. After all why do we search the stores and the internet for that one special toy they just can’t live without?
Take time out this month to enjoy the season and remember the Reason. Don’t get so wrapped up in the busyness that you forget why you are doing it all in the first place.