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In this article, Lorena Abano gives some tips on Christmas practices that can be passed on to young children to infuse the holiday spirit in them at an early age.
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Don’t you just miss being a kid? When Christmas was the most
exciting time of the year? It was all about Santa and his reindeer, receiving
big gifts and an endless array of sweets, and best of all, being away from
school for the holiday break! But as adults, we get so caught up in our
responsibilities and obligations that we forget how amazing Christmas can be. We
stop seeing Christmas through a child’s eyes, exhausted and harassed, rather
than brimming with joy and excitement.
Luckily, when we become parents, we get the opportunity to
relive the innocent happiness that the holiday season brings. And there’s no
better time to pass on to our children those memorable traditions—and make new
ones too—than during the holidays. Here are some Christmas activities and
practices that we can teach our children without having to shell out tons of
Read Christmas stories.
When December comes ‘round, it’s time to whip out
the Christmas bedtime stories and share them with the little ones. Classics
like “The Night Before Christmas” and “A Christmas Carol” are great to read
together as a family. But let’s not forget to also share with the kids the
whole reason for Christmas in the first place: the birth of Jesus Christ. “The
Nativity Story” is a beautiful one and will let the children know the roots of
the Christmas season.
Bring them to a local Christmas production. Most cities have plays
and productions with a Christmas theme, so it’s a great opportunity to enjoy these
shows with the kids. Whether it’s a musical production of “A Christmas Carol”
or seats to “Disney on Ice,” the kids will surely get into the spirit of things
when they get caught up in the music and characters of these shows.
Make DIY Christmas
Decorations. What better way to save a fortune and bring out
your kids’ creative juices than by having them make the Christmas decors that
will adorn your home? From snowflake cut-outs to angels made out of colorfully painted
cardboard to a papier-mache nativity set, the possibilities of holiday
decorations are endless!
Help in putting up the ornaments. It can be a challenge
to get kids to help around the house. But when it comes to stuff they made
themselves, you’d be surprised about how they’d jump at the chance to do their
part so that they can proudly display their creations. So on that note, let
your kids help you decorate the house by hanging the ornaments they made on the
Christmas tree or putting the stockings up on the wall.
instead of buying them. There’s no better heartfelt
gift than one that’s a labor of a little one’s love. Aside from bringing out their
creativity, it helps in keeping down the Christmas gift budget. You can let
your kids help you bake brownies or cookies and wrap the goodies in festive
packages and ribbons. Or you can buy them art materials that they can use to
make Christmas cards or little hand-made tokens. Though inexpensive,
personally-made gifts are much more significant than those randomly picked out
at the stores.
Let them write their own letter to Santa. We all know that the
concept of Santa is an incentive for the kids to be good so that they get a
gift from him on Christmas morning. You can have them write their own letter to
Santa to tell him what they want for Christmas. Make sure they also include
wishes for other people and not just for themselves, like “a bike for my little
brother” or “new shoes for mommy.” That way, they’re thinking of others’ needs
and not just their own.
Bring them to church for Midnight Mass. Christians like to
culminate Christmas Eve by attending a church service and truly, the services
are more beautiful and meaningful during Christmas. There’s a choir singing
Christmas songs in angelic voices, a beautiful message from the priest or
pastor, and best of all, it’s a great time to teach your kids the value of prayer
Let them know it’s all about spending time with
loved ones. Many
celebrate with extended family on Christmas Eve, usually in a loved one’s home,
where there’s an endless array of food, loads of entertainment, and then
finally, exchange of gifts. There’s no better time to instill the value of
family to the children than during Christmas get-togethers.
Instill the concept of giving. Since Christmas is all
about the spirit of sharing, you can teach your kids to give of their time and
treasures during the holidays. You can have them go through their closets and
toy chests to choose the stuff they’d like to give to the “children who have
much less than they do.” Or maybe bring the family to a soup kitchen and let
them help at the assembly line.
Teach them about gratitude. Oftentimes, it’s a
struggle to teach our kids how to say the two simple words of gratitude: “thank
you.” The Christmas season is the perfect time to remind them to be grateful.
You can have them draw up a thank you list, where every day, they write down
the thing that they are most thankful for that day. Put it in colorful paper
and decorate it, then tack it to the refrigerator so that’s easily seen by all
and easy to update on a daily basis.
Lorena Abano is a former marketing professional in the banking industry and is currently a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom. She is married with 2 sometimes naughty, but most of the time sweet little ones. Writing has been a passion of hers ever since she was 10 years old. She also loves reading, traveling, singing, and dancing.
Christmas is my ultimate favorite holiday, and these are all fabulous ways to celebrate it. One of favorite traditions is to make make cookies with my kids around the holidays. Then. we send the cookies to those who mean the most to us like close family and friends. Our church also volunteers around the holidays, so we encourage the kids to go with us. We want them to grow up learning gratitude for others.
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