COUNTRY RAMBLIN'S At Christmas Time
Christmas Traditions and Stories
Merry Christmas to all! And I say that most sincerely…
I don’t know why—I can’t explain it, but this year I have the most Peaceful feeling I’ve ever had at Christmastime. My life, like yours, is not without stress and the usual worries, (all we have to do is take a quick glance at Washington DC, and what’s happening to our country, and we can conjure up plenty of stress and worry to go around), but for some reason, I will not allow myself to be upset, nor let anything affect the true meaning of CHRISTMAS this year!
ON TO SOME GOOD OL’ HOLIDAY MEMORIES!
I think the best part of aging is all the wonderful memories we have stored from our childhood, young adult years, (when we made all our mistakes) and the years my children are in now where they are going through the joys (tongue in cheek) of getting their own clan raised, and over the bumps of life without too many scars. Every time I am tempted to tell my kids what best to do, I have to stop and remember they are way beyond the age of needing my advice. (It’s hard to bite one’s tongue—mine is sore most of the time!)
There were church choir specials for us kids to practice and sing on Christmas Eve, and school plays to learn songs and recite a line or two in, the catalog order we waited excitedly everyday to see the notice come in our mail box telling Mom it had finally ARRIVED, the grandparents we’d see who lived far away, and the cousins we’d have altogether in one place to play with for hours out in the snow, or inside by the fire. (I don’t remember any arguing or fighting among us over the holidays—we were too happy to see each other, and show off our new Tonka toy, Roy Roger’s guns & holster, pretty dollies with golden curls, slippers, pajamas, or matching hat, mittens and scarf grandma knitted.)
Below are some pros & cons I wrote a few years back on the subject of parents telling their children there is, or is not a SANTA CLAUS!
Telling children there is a fat man in a red suit living at the North Pole with his wife and a bunch of elves in little green suits who work diligently all year long to prepare gifts to be delivered on Christmas Eve to well-behaved little boys and girls is not harmful to children because:
It is a lovely fantasy to the creative and suggestive minds of adolescent children.
It is as equal and wonderful in a child’s make-believe world as reading Hans Christian Anderson books to them.
Children need less reality TV, and more light-hearted fun and activity in their early lives.
Children are too young to comprehend the true meaning of why Christians celebrate Christmas.
However, some people believe it is harmful because:
It is a lie that teaches children it is okay to be dishonest for the sake of fun and frivolity.;
It makes children insecure when they realize their own parents deceived them with the story of Santa Claus.
Children need to be prepared early for the reality of what awaits them as adults coping in the world.
If children are taught make-believe about celebrating Christmas, some Christians believe they won’t realize it is foremost a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, or that He truly existed.
Children are bright, alert, flexible little creatures that can readily discern the joy of illusion from true reality when reaching a certain age of maturity without holding a grudge against parents for creating wonderful memories of Christmas as a child.
To view many Christmas poems I’ve written recently and thru’ the years, go to my MONTHLY SPECIAL and CHRISTMAS navigational bars on my website.
Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
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My vote is to have Christmas traditions all year round. You see at
Christmas time most people at least the ones I have met, always change just a
little for the better around Christmas. I do not know whether or not it is the
great yuletide Christmas carols, the festive atmosphere everywhere you go, or just some
hidden part in all of us that screams out,
The feeling of the Christmas holidays is truly all about family, friends and celebrating all things good.
The Lord's birthday is swiftly coming
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Christmas traditions are fast becoming a family way of life.