Originally Posted by Jeanie
I also believe in Santa Claus. Santa is the spirit of love and giving at Christmas. When my children asked "the question" because they heard things at school, I told them the truth, that Santa is that wonderful spirit. Noone ever asked me to clarify that.
That's how it is in my family, too; but my father always talked about the "spirit" of Santa, and he always talked about believing in Santa, so I never asked the question. In my family all the adults believe in Santa, as part of the spirit of Christmas.
I am also religious so Christmas has many special qualities to me. It is a time to be thankful for the ultimate gift our Lord sent us.
But religious or not, for me, the spirit of Christmas is in the love and kindness we can express to everyone, and in giving to others. I love to give gifts. I still use pretty and unique wrapping paper, and pass up gift bags. I like a more "traditional" Christmas feel. The ornaments on our tree have passed down since my father's childhood or even before; our tree always looks like something out of the 40's; it's different and I love it.
I do agree the "commercialization" of Christmas is sometimes too much; it makes us forget the true meaning of the season - love and kindness for all. But I enjoy all the Christmas decorations in the stores, at the same time. Maybe because I live in Southern California, it never feels like Christmas outside, but I can step into a store, and really get wrapped up in the feeling of the spirit of Christmas. So basically, I kind of like it. My dad grew up in a small midwest town, and one of the joys of Christmas for them was going downtown to see all the beautiful window displays - I think this is sort of the way it all started.
I do often think, though, that the widespread Christmas decorations must be overwhlming to those who don't celebrate, and I always wonder if they find it offensive that they can't walk into many stores without having the holiday crammed down their throat. I don't know, how do you balance it?