Last year, my daughter had really no idea what Christmas was and in some ways, that was kind of nice. But this year, she is definitely more clued in. Unfortunately, it feels like all of the attention during the Christmas season goes to Santa and asking for presents. The other day in the car, my daughter was practicing asking Santa for a bike, over and over. Sometimes she even included a "peeze Santa" (please) and several times she added "and candy" to her short list of requests. I love that she's getting the whole Santa idea straight in her head before we make the trip to Santa's lap, but as a Christian, I realize that it's my job to be purposeful about how we begin to explain Christmas to our young daughter.
She is not even 2 yet, so we definitely keep it simple, but we try to instill that Christmas is Jesus' birthday and that we believe that Jesus was the son of God. We try to explain that Jesus' birth was a miracle. We also want to remind her what it means to be Christ-like, and that the season is not all about getting presents. Unfortunately, even as adults it can be super hard not to get caught up in the "buying holiday spirit" and catch a case of the "I wants."
These are a few things that we have started in an attempt to remind our daughter about the true meaning of the season.
So, I guess the bottom line is that while we're busy getting the perfect family photo for that perfect family holiday card, decorating the perfect Christmas tree (or in some cases, trees), covering the house in lights, having a little too much fun at a Christmas party, or standing in those crazy long lines to see Santa or just to check out at Target... Remember the reason for the season and try to be purposeful with what you say and do because after all, it's not just Santa that's watching.