Now that my oldest child is four years old, I’ve realized how Christmas can be such a magical time for children. A few days ago, I put up our Christmas decorations and right when I pulled out our snow globe the girls immediately became obsessed. The looks on their faces were priceless. Christmas is fun and I want my girls to have these magical moments, but I also want to focus on teaching my children why we celebrate Christmas. Here are five ways that we help remind our small children the real reason for the season:
-Talk about it: The biggest way that we feel will impact our children’s views on Christmas is by making the holiday centered around Jesus. We encourage our children to not become selfish or greedy during the holiday season but to focus on why we celebrate. We read books and talk about Jesus’ birth which really helps our kids understand.
-Use toys: A few years ago, we purchased Fisher-Price Little People A Christmas Story and I’m so glad that we did. It has been such a helpful tool to teach my little ones about the birth of Jesus. They love to pretend with the figurines and act out the nativity story. As parents, we can see what they have really learned about Jesus’ birth by watching them play.
-Give: I feel that it is extremely important to teach my kids to think about ways to bless others. Not just on Christmas, but every day of the year. Although, Christmas time does give us great opportunities to shine the light of Christ into the lives of others. This year we plan to use our kindness elves, to help teach our children about being the light in this world. Whether it’s giving out small gifts at church or buying clothing for a family in need, I pray that my children would have a heart for others and be willing to sacrifice for someone else.
-Go to church: The holidays shouldn’t be an excuse to skip church, because if I really want to teach my children what Christmas is all about then going to church is one of the most important things that I can do. What message does it send to my child if we skip church because of a special Christmas gathering where food and presents are involved? When scheduling Christmas get togethers, I feel like we should always schedule them around church.
-Christmas music: We try to take the time to talk about each song and teach the lyrics to our kids. It’s one thing to know a song, but when you dig deeper into the words that are being sung, then you can truly focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Pandora plays from sun up to sun down in our house during the holidays.
What does your family do to keep Christ in Christmas?
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