Making Christmas Meaningful for My Kids

My kids started talking about Santa Claus months ago.  We’ve been fielding questions about how many days are left until Christmas and dodging toy magazines being shoved in our faces, along with VERY lengthy Christmas lists.  If you ask them what Christmas is about, they say, “Jesus!”  But Jesus is not the topic of conversation with them.

So, I did some research about Santa Claus & Christmas and came up with some ideas for making Christmas a lot more meaningful.

First, we’re going to observe Advent this year–in our own way.  I found a list of Bible readings for each day on Focus on the Family and bought an inexpensive advent candle holder at Hobby Lobby (50% off!).  Each morning, during our Bible time, the kids and I will light our candle(s) and talk about the Scripture for the day.

Second, we’re going to do a count-down to Christmas with a twist.  We’re going to make a paper chain, but on each link will be a fun activity for us to do as a family.  They will be simple things–like reading a story, watching a movie together, baking cookies, delivering cookies to neighbors, doing a craft, etc.  That will encourage us to spend time together and really enjoy each day.

Third, I’m excited to do the 12 days of Christmas, which actually start AFTER Christmas!  That way, everything isn’t all about that ONE DAY!  And I’m thinking that a big party on the 12th day would be awfully fun!

Growing up in a Baptist church, we didn’t celebrate Advent, and I thought the 12 days of Christmas was just a fun song…and while that is OK, I think that I missed out on some of the meaning that is derived from taking so much time to reflect on what we are really celebrating.

And, to tell you the truth, I’m really happy to avoid the letdown after Christmas, when you know that everything is done and over with.  I’ll keep you posted on what we’re doing!  🙂

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