Matt and I are not big gift-givers. I can count on one hand the number of gifts we’ve given each other in the last several years. We’re not against them, we definitely love receiving them, it’s just not our primary love language.
Once we had Micah we began to think about Christmas and what our traditions were going to be as a family. I didn’t grow up believing in Santa but I did grow up with trees and presents, while Matt did grow up believing in Santa. But we were both in agreement from the beginning that we did not have the mental energy to keep up a Santa charade for years to come.
Since we aren’t big gift people and we also try to keep a lid on our natural tendency towards materialism we didn’t want every Christmas to be about how many presents our kids were getting, and that becoming what Christmas was about for them.
We wanted to establish our own Christmas traditions founded on the true meaning of Christmas. Which obviously has nothing to do with Santa Claus and Christmas trees and presents. Right?
Actually, maybe not.
Today I am so excited to have my first guest writer on my blog. My very own husband, Mateo! Or as the laypeople call him, Matt!
He did some researching of his own and is here to share with us the history behind a few of our modern-day traditions and their basis in Christian history. Without further ado, Mateo!