This year it was especially important to Travis and I that Mia begin to understand the real reason for Christmas. Right after Thanksgiving was over, I went to our local Christian bookstore to find a good book about the Christmas story. The one we found tells the story of Christ's birth, but also emphasizes that we give presents at Christmas because we want to share Christ's love and say Happy Birthday to Jesus. Yes we did talk about Santa too, but we wanted to focus on the fact that Santa doesn't bring us presents because we're good. God didn't wait for us to be "good" before He sent His Son to be born. He sent Jesus to us because no matter how hard we tried, we couldn't be good enough. We needed a Savior, so He sent Jesus because He loved us.
As you can see in the video below, Mia became very aware of who's birthday we were celebrating.