Years ago as the commercial world encroached on Christmas and the world of gimmies beckoned to my children I made a change in how we celebrate Christmas.
Children love getting presents as we all do and how could I not give presents when the greatest gift ever given was God's Son who came to earth to guide us and to be a sacrifice for us so we might live eternally with Him in heaven? So.....to settle the conflict in my head and heart I decided we would separate St. Nick from Christmas. We would also read and learn about the real St. Nick and how he is celebrated in other countries.
We celebrate St. Nick's Day on December 6th each year and the children receive their red felt stocking that was lovingly made by their grandmother with their names spelled out in sequins no longer available...sleighs, trees, stars, candy canes all embellished their stockings.
In the morning they find their stocking at the table and a special breakfast complete with hot chocolate and candy cane stirrers.A fancy pair of holiday socks, a fancy pencil and a small special gift plus their ornament for the current Christmas is with their stocking. As the children grew, married and moved away they took their special box of ornaments that had been kept for them from their first Christmas.
Now St Nick items and wrappings are about for this day but then put away after the 6th of December. From then on the celebration of Advent and Christmas are focused on. Gifts are still given for Christmas Day but they are not wrapped in paper showing that jolly ole elf neither do they come from him.
My darling daughters are now all grown with homes and children of their own but the celebrations in December each year continue as they began when they were young themselves.
Sherri Lewis shared this song one year on television with Lamb Chop her puppet for a Christmas Special...I think for Ed Sullivan... that has always struck a chord with me... I remember it as Poor Shepherd Boy.
CHRISTMAS SONG - EARLY ONE CHRISTMAS MORNING
Early one Christmas morning ages & ages ago... (brightness of stars are falling down on the earth below...) I remember it as...the brightest star
in Heaven shown down on the earth below.
Shepherd's and wise men together offered their treasures itís told
but yet there was one so humble who gave neither silver nor gold...
I'm just a poor shepherd boy no earthly riches have I
but the love and devotion I give Thee will last till the waters run dry...
The gifts of the shepherd's and wise men all to the ashes have gone
But the love of the humble shepherd boy still on this Christmas lives on.
I'm just a poor shepherd boy no earthly riches have I but the love and devotion I give thee will last till the waters run dry.
The love and devotion of a poor shepherd boy...in the Spirit of Christmas Lives ON!