Your Child and Santa – Christian Parenting
Parenting by the Book
by Sylvia Cochran
Book Review: Your Child and Santa
by Glenn Norfleet
There is no other holiday in existence that has spawned so many books, leaflets, stories, and billboards as Christmas. The motion picture industry has revisited the story of the traditional Christmas celebration and put its own spin on it. We have been regaled with a green Grinch, an unwilling Santa who must marry to fulfill the other Santa Clause, a Pumpkin King who would kidnap Santa, and a host of other characters, story lines, and ideas that are quite often brilliant, or at the very least entertaining. This has watered down the true meaning of Christmas in many Christian homes.
Fortunately, there is help. In an unassuming 100 pages, Glenn Norfleet succeeds in pointing out the simple truths behind the celebration and the ways in which beautiful traditions and spirituality can coexist without struggle. Yes, you can have your reindeer cookie and eat it, too!
As a matter of fact, the author encourages you to take a good look at the tradition of Santa Claus – not the big bellied man invented by an eager and ingenious commercial artist – as he has lived on for hundreds of years. Go back to the man who sparked the tradition and did so in the name of Jesus Christ.
Learn how you can incorporate Santa Claus on your terms while actually going back and resurrecting some long forgotten traditions that have been pushed by the wayside, such as the beautiful traditions surrounding the persona of Saint Nicholas and the nuns who used to adopt his customs.
Forget about silly anagrams that seek to equate “Satan” with “Santa” simply by the moving of a few letters; instead, deepen your spiritual convictions about the love and generosity that preceded the birth of the Christ, and then take into account His life and message. Fast forward to the acts of selfless and anonymous giving the Christ inspired in others, and use the lives lived by those who went before us to glorify the Messiah and celebrate that which He brought into the world.
Amazingly, Glenn Norfleet is able to package all this into just 100 pages!
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