While there are many reasons that people celebrate Christmas, we choose to be very intentional and thoughtful about what we teach our daughters at Christmas. During the holiday season, it is incredibly facile to get completely stressed out, overwhelmed, frustrated, irritated. I could go on and go.
Many are easily swept away by the holiday commercialization. Then, people miss out on the ultimate sacrifice, sweet memories, laughable moments, family fellowship, beautiful decorations and classic traditions that make the season bright.
Disclaimer: This post is only intended to share with you what we teach our children and in no way intended to offend. All families opt to celebrate Christmas differently and that is respected.
When Khris and I first got married, we made collective decisions about how to celebrate Christmas. Wearing white the morning of, decorating our home with an increasing number of trees (I adore decorations), spending time with family, and giving of our gifts and talents are mainstays.
Also, taking lots of photos, making time to actually embrace the season, helping make someone else’s day better, and worshipping our Savior are additional cornerstones that we etch into the intricate fabric of what we teach our daughters at Christmas.
Our 4 7/8 year old (yes, that’s the fraction four and seven-eighths as she will tell you) daughter, Raegan, has NEVER made big deal out of getting gifts. She’s overjoyed by pretty much whatever gift received. Sometimes, she’s even more ecstatic with an inexpensive toy purchased from the Dollar Tree. At this age, she has no affinity to whether a gift is $100 or $1. I love that about her! This Christmas, she never ever questioned what she was getting.
We spent most of December decorating, making ornaments, enjoying holiday festivities, visiting the sick, touring lights, listening to tons of Christmas music, and eating too many sweets. When Christmas morning arrived, Raegan was surprised by two trees full of gifts. Audrey was satisfied by the simple sounds of crunching paper and pretty shiny bags the gifts were wrapped in.
As of now, here are our cornerstones. I’m sure each year will bring it’s own idiosyncrasies, but below is what we teach our daughters about Christmas.
Jesus is the reason to celebrate. He gave the ultimate gift of His life for us. (And Audrey shares her birthday with Jesus).
It’s better to give. When you give, your heart is full.
Tis’ the season to make timeless memories. Memories last forever, toys don’t.
Mom and Dad (and other family members and friends) bless them and others with gifts.
Viewing Christmas lights at night reminds us to always let our lights shine.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday and looking forward to a remarkable 2018. Hopefully, you can use a nugget or two from what we teach our daughters at Christmas to help make holidays, birthdays, and other celebrations more joyous.
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