From the Mouth of Babes

Madison is seven years old and there are times when I am so proud of her that I want to fall apart and let the tears rain.  Last night was one of those times.  She told me that one of her friends…stop there, I LOVE it that Madison considers everyone her friend!….she told me that one of her friends told her, “Santa is not real.  So Christmas is not real.”

You need to know that Madison still believes in Santa.  BUT she knows that some people do not.  I am so proud of her that at this point, she did not try to argue that Santa is real, based on her beliefs.  She saw past that.  She said, “Momma, I told her that Christmas is not about Santa.  It is about Jesus.”

Thank you Jesus!!!!  Thank you that my girl sees past all the decorations filling our house, the many presents with her name under the tree, and the excitement and magic of Santa.  She KNOWS!!!  Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

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42 thoughts on “From the Mouth of Babes

  1. I would like to say Congratulations to you! After all that’s the whole essence of all our parenting efforts, that we are able to model Jesus to our kids in a way that they will understand and ‘catch’ our faith.
    Well done dear Sis. JESUS is the Reason for the Season.

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  2. You’ve got one smart little girl, there. I’m sorry she had to go through the “Santa isn’t real” phase so early, though. Cynicism in young children is one of the most poisonous aspects of our society. It sounds like with a healthy faith in Jesus, she’ll be able to avoid it, however, which is good.

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    • You are so right! I read an article that i believed in whole heartedly from a children’s author. She talked about the beauty of a child’s imagination. That can pretend there are purple hippos living in their backyard and she siad to join them in their fun. And she put santa in that category. And then she explained how they knew the difference between the imagination of santa and play and the truth of reality and Jesus. That was long to say, i agree with you! Merry CHRISTmas!

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        • I remembered it came from a book, not an article, sorry. The book is “books children love” by elizabeth wilson. I will write out that portion tomorrow. Its a great one for this time of year

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            • the problem with my mind is that i remember the emotion with forgetting some of the details. i love to read and sometimes i misplace the book that i read it from. so, upon research, i am correcting myself AGAIN. I found the story in “Honey for a Child’s Heart” and I just posted the selection about Santa. hope you are enjoying your sunday!

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              • I completely understand and indeed the same way! It has been a wonderful Sunday. Only a few days left of finals! I hope your Sunday was wonderful and your sweet girl is getting excited about Santa visiting!
                What sort of things is she asking for?

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                • finals! i love school but that word brings me stress for you! funny you ask, because madison has never been an “asker.” she is seven and all the past christmases, every single one in the past, when asked what she wanted for christmas, she would say, “a lollipop.” of course she would get more, but that was all she was hoping for. Well…she got the asking thing figured out! she has asked for anything and everything! seriously, she wrote out a list of about 100 things! well…she is getting a lot but it is not possible to get everything she asked for!

                  i love love love christmas time! i hope it is the best christmas ever for you! hugs!

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                  • I am adding items for children to my Christmas post. I think you should take a look. Madison might enjoy some of the goofy kid stocking stuffers I have listed or the toys for kids. I personally love giving gifts that are fun yet educational and I think you will find the magic school bus gift I listed as a possible good idea for her. I am not sure what she is into, but just a thought!!

                    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Hugs to you and Madison!

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  3. That is wonderful! You have done a great job raising her as a child of faith. You must be one proud Mama! God Bless and Merry Christmas to you and your family! (P.S. My mama still says “if you don’t believe, you dont receive” so I still in a way believe in Santa- I just now know santa is something bigger than the man with a big round belly, elves, and presents)

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  4. my son told classmates in government preschool class “don’t believe in Santa, believe in Jesus, because He’s real.” The teachers shushed him and told him to keep that to himself – this 5 year old came home in tears. With that and other issues, we made the decision to home educate our three children. Now 13 years later, he will graduate from high school in May. He’s my baby. Where did the years go? We no longer recognise christmas as a time to honour the Messiah, but that is another issue.

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  5. I love and cherish the thoughts of my children when they were young! They too enjoyed Santa, but knew Jesus was the real reason for our Christmas celebration and still is! Enjoy these years, my kids are almost 21 and 24!

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