Have You Been Naughty Or Nice This Year?

At this time of the year children all around the world unite and traditionally engage in the damage limitation exercise known as ‘The Naughty Or Nice List’. Wherein they attempt to rectify eleven months of misbehaviour and disobedience by falling over themselves to perform household chores, which they had blissfully ignored for the rest of the year, and suck up to their parents in any way possible in the hope that, come Christmas morning, they won’t be waking up to a whole lot of nothing.

‘Santa has been watching and knows if you have been naughty or nice’ we proclaim sternly in the vain hope that it will spur them on to tidy their pits (I mean bedrooms), bring down their dirty washing (before it walks down the stairs itself) and solve the age old conundrum of where have all the cups gone (I believe Rebecca hold the current record of having five on her bedside table at the same time).

All I can say is that Father Christmas must be the most naive magical being alive as he falls for it every year. 360 days of utter chaos in the Black household are wiped off the slate by a few half hearted attempts to wash the dishes and put the bins out. Getting them to dry and put away the dishes or bring said bins back into the yard is a whole different blog. Despite all this gullible old Santa falls hook, line and sinker for this pre-pubescent ‘hearts and minds’ offensive every year and duly delivers the goods on Christmas Eve.

If only real life was like that. If only we could wave a magic wand and undo all the mistakes and bad choices we have made this year. If only we could turn back the clock and undo those harsh words we spoke, erase those impure thoughts we had or reverse the many selfish actions we undertook . If only we could be ‘nice’ for the next few days and forget about the many other ‘naughty’ days we have clocked up throughout our lives.

I intensely dislike the word nice. It’s a nothing word. My old English teacher said it was the laziest word in the English language. Naughty isn’t much better. But I suppose it’s only kids after all so doesn’t really apply to us larger humans who supposedly do the ‘adulting’ stuff. Why be naughty when you can be nasty, cruel, spiteful or just plain old mean. That’s more up our street isn’t it. And when you develop a mindset which regards these as second nature then it’s a long road back.

Unfortunately we don’t have Santa Claus to turn a blind eye to our faults and failings. Which placed me on a sticky wicket when I hit rock bottom a few years ago. He was nowhere to be seen. Not a reindeer or an elf in sight. I had no other option but to rely on my fractured faith which I had neglected for many years. I started reading my Bible and trying to practically follow the teachings of Jesus on a daily basis. I know not everyone who reads this blog believes in Jesus any more that they believe in Santa Claus; all I can say is that it worked for me.

I’m far from perfect. There have been many hiccups along the way. I screw up on a regular basis. I can do SO much better. But I hope that I’m getting there a step at a time. No disrespect to the Big Man with the red suit and beard but Jesus is the main event at Christmas for me this year. And no matter how ‘naughty’ you have been he can wipe the slate clean and offers you the same opportunity to start again on the ‘nice’ list. All you have to do in return?

Believe. Trust. Follow. The choice is yours.

Isaiah 9:6 – ‘For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’

Have you been naughty or nice this year?

Do you follow Jesus? Are you curious? Or do you think it’s just a festive myth? I’d be keen to hear your views. Comment below.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

23 thoughts on “Have You Been Naughty Or Nice This Year?

  1. I am plain boring nice with some outbursts of impatience when I am upset…. and I’d rather no “wish list”… just taking what is given… and it’s generally a much better and more rewarding surprise… 🤗🤗🤗

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  2. I have been listening to a devotional about Christmas recently and I learnt that Christmas wasn’t really the time that Jesus was born but it’s actually a time in the world when the whole world stops to appreciate His birth even though some never want to admit. As Christians we are obligated to appreciate that fact Jesus came for us.

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  3. Amen. Jesus is the truth and must be told. Specially this time of year when the culture realies on myth for joy, peace and hope aka Santa Claus, which ends up becoming a lie in all of our lives and creates a lack of faith when this belief conditions itself into our life. Never give up on God. He never gives up on you.

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  4. What a beautiful message behind this post.
    I have not been really naughty or really nice, either. Kind of balancing in the middle. I might have done better if Santa was still someone in the back of my head. It looks like I need to work on my reward system, because material things lure me easier than intangible ones…

    Also, what is up with the cups/ mugs? It’s just so easy to collect them in our bedrooms.

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  5. Amen! Great blog. Sadly, our grandsons are not being raised in the Church. But their parents are sure trying the Santa angle to get them to behave. One is 2 and the other is 4 – and sibling rivalry is running rampant in their household. So I am teaching them Santa gives toys to children in honor of the birth of Jesus. Because when He was born, He was given gifts. And Santa doesn’t want His birth to be forgotten….well, this is about all I can get the 4 year old to listen to. But he does attend church periodically with us and we talk about Jesus as much as possible.


  6. As I think I’ve told you before I’m a lapsed Catholic. I believe in and pray to various saints, and believe that Jesus existed as a historical figure. Whether or not any of them performed miracles, I’m not so sure. I’m not even sure about the circumstances surrounding Jesus’s birth.

    What I do know is that one of the guided meditations I do advises us to look at every thing and every day as a miracle, something I’m trying to do but struggling. I think it’ll just take me some time. So, I suppose miracles do exist.

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