Stacy Reaoch | Category: Christmas
This year our family is celebrating Christmas more simply. We are eagerly anticipating flying to Texas to be with my husband’s parents and siblings, leaving the week before Christmas.
Because of these major travel plans for our rowdy group of six, many things in the month of December have been simplified. And I’m finding it very freeing. Although I normally love the tradition of cutting down our tree and decorating it, this year we just have lighted greenery on our piano and a few Christmas decorations scattered around the house. Decorating took half the time and half the expense! Smaller and simpler gifts are being bought that can easily be packed in our suitcases. In fact, I was nearly done shopping by the start of December!
Enjoying a lower key Christmas has made me reflect on why I often feel so stressed in the month of December . . . trying to make all the right cookies, be involved in ten different Christmas events, and find the perfect gift for everyone involved in our family’s life. In all the Christmas chaos the true meaning of Christmas is often lost. Jesus is our greatest gift, and it is his life we are celebrating.
The other night at dinner we talked with our kids about how to keep Jesus the focus of Christmas. With concerned eyes my six-year-old asked me, “Mommy, is it wrong to give presents?” Of course, I don’t want to imply giving gifts is wrong. But we do want our children to understand that gifts are not the main point of Christmas. As we talked about other ways to share Jesus’s love at Christmas, from playing the piano and singing at nursing homes to buying gifts for someone in need, my six-year-old piped up that she is glad we can do those things and still give presents to each other (hint to Mom and Dad).
Teaching Our Kids About the Greatest Gift
So this year I’m on a quest to simplify and infuse new ways of teaching our kids about Christmas’s greatest gift. Here are a few things we’re doing.
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