Be imitators of me, as l am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as delivered them to you. 1 CORINTHIANS 11:1, 2, ESV
When I was about ten, I found a small piece of leftover red fabric in my mom’s sewing kit. Having watched my mom sew, I secretly took some thread and a needle and somehow managed to hand-sew a very simple Santa hat. In my closet I found red pants and a burgundy coat, and I attempted to assemble a Santa outfit. On Christmas morning I snuck down to the living room before anyone else and put all the gifts we had under the tree in my pillowcase. After breakfast, I snuck off to my room and dressed up as Santa, stuffing my pillow under my shirt to look chubby, and I came out with gifts over my shoulder, saying, «Ho, ho, ho» to my family. They were quite surprised! We all moved to the living room, where I proceeded to give each one of them their gifts. They loved this new tradition, and for several years I did the same thing.
Many years later, when I and my siblings were grown up, with families of our own, we did something very different for Christmas. We decided to rent a cabin in the mountains near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. During our gift exchange, I surprised everyone by sneaking off and imitating Santa to give all the young nieces and nephews their gifts.
Every family celebrates Christmas differently, with their own traditions, and there’s nothing wrong with having fun as long as we don’t forget the real reason for the season. Remember, Satan is working hard to remove JESUS from Christmas by substituting HIM with many other distractions, but we must make sure JESUS is at the center of everything we do. After exchanging gifts, we always finish with a worship that celebrates the birth of Christ and remind us of the real reason we celebrate Christmas and how we are to spend our Life imitating JESUS.