Saturday, December 17, 2011

Baby Jesus v. Santa

Some years, when December rolls around, I feel like I'm really celebrating 2 holidays. Just when I start feeling all happy and hopeful about little baby Jesus I think, "Sheesh! Why are there so dang many people to buy presents for?" (Insert the genius idea of gift rotations. Best idea ever.) 

After some sad experiences over the year, the Savior's message of hope and peace has found profound meaning for me this season. And yet, rather than revel in the comfort, I compulsively brainstorm gift ideas on scratch paper and mentally curse stores when I spy obviously inflated prices. And I reluctantly join the hordes of people at Wal Mart scowling at each other over the last box of Peppermint Oreos and precariously balancing awkward rolls of wrapping paper on the way to the car (because I am NOT making more than one trip in this weather, thank you very much). Christmas is a holiday at once spiritual and secular, hopeful and hectic, cheering and chaotic. And alliterative.

So who wins, baby Jesus or Santa? As a child, I liked baby Jesus and all but the magic happened Christmas morning when I woke up at 4 AM and peeked in my stocking. Presents are a little more immediate than, you know, salvation. 

In our house, Isaac, who counts down to Christmas starting in about June, has banned all Santa decorations, at least for now. Instead we have a nativity for almost every year of our marriage. 

If you look closely, you will notice there is no baby Jesus in the middle one.
It came that way.
Maybe he got to feeling self-conscious that day.

However, our household Santa ban did not prevent us from going to see the most decked-out Santa house I have ever beheld. 

And yet, next to the Santa display was this:

Maybe they can both win. 

On a somewhat unrelated note, we lost our original star and bought a new one online this year. Isaac made me wait until he got home to put it on the tree. Aaaaannnnd this:

Note to self: increase tree-topper budget for next year.

Merry Christmas all.


  1. My sister's nativity doesn't get a baby Jesus until Christmas Eve, since that's when he was born. :) Your tree topper is pretty funny!

  2. if I give you an amazing Santa decoration it will be banned from your house?? Waaaaaaaa!!!

    Guess I'm still a kid...I love ALL aspects of Christmas (well...except maybe not the shopping last minute at WalMart!!)...including all the goodies to eat!! Oh yeah!!:)

  3. In my defense, I'm not militantly "anti-Santa." We did Santa when I was growing up, and I totally intend to do Santa with our kids. I just don't like Santa decorations. They're cheesy, and detract I think from the religious observations of Christmas.

  4. I'm so glad you went and saw the Santa house. Wasn't that cool?

  5. Have I ever told you how funny you are and that you are a really good writer! I love reading your blog!

  6. I support no Santa! We are not doing Santa with our kids. I don't like the idea of some fictional overweight gnome getting the credit for my hard work and thoughtfulness. I like that we focus on the nativity scenes and the joy of being together. We've had to be extra-frugal this Christmas, and so maybe having no Santa also helps me feel better about the gifts I can provide - the homemade quilts and pajamas, the trinkets that are much more meaningful because they came from me.
    And my kids won't be so confused about what the holiday is about. I'm just saying.

  7. I love your tree topper. I couldn't stop laughing when I saw that picture and read what you wrote.