How does one not succumb to the Holiday frenzy when one has kids who anticipate Santa and gifts and so on and on. We've moved our gift giving to New Year's eve but even this does not feel quite right. Please comment if possible. (From student correspondence)
Children are children...and their joy with expectation and holiday gifts is a kind of frenzy that can't be avoided anymore than you can convince a bee not to "buzz" around a flower; the only way to "teach" youngsters the higher spiritual meaning of Christmas is through conscious example. If they see a frenzied adult, rushing, impatient, frustrated, etc, then the child thinks these negative states are a part of the process, and easily imitate the parent. When it comes to children...we must be and do as we wish them to be and do, otherwise they will enact our states and not understand why we tell them..."don't be that way!"