Friday Introduction: To Elf or Not to Elf?

Tomorrow we turn the calendar page to December and the focus turns to Christmas. We put up our tree last night. We'll go see a live nativity next week. There are band concerts and parties to attend. And there are the inevitable questions about Santa Claus.

We don't have any little girls who believe Santa is real in our house anymore, but every year, I get questions from other people about what to do about Santa. It's a tricky question. Many of us grew up with the beloved tradition of Santa bringing gifts for under the tree. But does that confuse our kids and take the focus off of Jesus?

If your struggling with that question, you need to read To Elf or Not to Elf by Shanna Goodman. This 26-page ebook lays out the truth behind many of our favored Christmas traditions and gives you some practical advice about choosing to include secular traditions in your Christmas celebrations.

I love her practical approach to the topic. She's not preachy, and she reaches much the same conclusion that we have reached in our house: a little bit of Santa and Elf on the Shelf is OK as long as the main focus is on Jesus. She offers up some really practical tips for keeping the Santa tradition without lying to your kids or having them confuse Santa with God.

The ebook is short and easy to read. I guarantee you'll learn something about some long-held Christmas traditions that you didn't know before, and you'll love the last section of the book that offers practical, hands-on ways to get your kids focused on Jesus during the Christmas season.

Knowing what to do with Santa, the Elf on the Shelf, mistletoe and holly is tough for a parent who wants to keep the focus on Jesus during the season. Check out To Elf or Not to Elf for some help with that issue today.

In the interests of full disclosure, Shanna gave me a free copy for this review.

Don't miss our new series: 25 Days of Giving starting on Monday. I can't wait to share with you fun, practical ways that you can get your family focused on giving during this Christmas season.