First of all, a follow up is necessary I believe to my post from Tuesday. When I blog, it's straight from the hip, just like the expression shooting from the hip, as in I do not take days to develop posts or even to edit them. I merely decide on a subject worthwhile to me that I would like to post and then I write, publish and then go back to edit it for grammatical errors. I get in and get out so to speak.
Clearly I knew that by posting a unique opinion in the midst of the holiday in question, that is deeply rooted in nostalgia, that I may strike out. I honestly don't believe that I did, but I apologize if anyone felt that my opinion was attacking or somewhere read in my post that I wrote "You are not a Christian if you don't do the same exact thing as we chose for our family." I do not apologize for our choice or my opinion, simply the delivery.
The thing is, I merely want to encourage others to dwell on their decisions and truly think through the weight of their words and actions. The choice to go Santa free was virtually painless for Tony and me, as we know no other way. There are plenty of Christians who have the same nondecision due to growing up with a strong faith, knowledge of the true meaning of Christmas and believed in Santa. I do not begrude anyone that fact.
I feel as though even though the vast majority of comments were encouraging of the debate, even if choosing differently for their family, that I owe you all the apology for not taking the time to craft my post more delicately.
I am not drawing a line in the sand between those who celebrate Christmas correctly and those who do not. I was expressing our decision, one that I had only heard voiced by one in my corner of the blog world. And I'm glad I did, if for no other reason than I strengthened some reader's opinions on how they will present Christmas to their family, by forcing them to think why.
The fact of the matter is there is no referrence of Christmas in the Bible. I do not have a Biblical blueprint on how to best honor God through celebrating the birth of His son. What I do have is how He has commanded me to live otherwise in the Bible and I'm doing my best to follow.