As a little girl, I knew Christmas as a time to get gifts from tons of family members…and Santa of course. It was a time to be super greedy and spit off my mile long wishlist. I must say that my parents were great at making Christmas a hit. I can’t remember a single Christmas that I was disappointed.
Now that I am a mom of three little girls, I think about what I want Christmas to be for them. Do I want it to be a time for them to wake up to their wish lists wrapped up under the tree or do I want it to be more? I want it to be so much more! I want to spoil them, believe me! We took them to Disney World this year and told them that was their Christmas gift from us. (I’ll be doing a Disney World post soon, talking about the events!) But they know that Santa is coming on Christmas Eve and have made him a list.
I want Christmas to be about giving and sharing. Giving of our time to each other and our friends and family. Sharing what we have with others. To kick off the Christmas season, we are making lists of how we can put the gift of time and love into our gifts this year. Gifts bought with money do not always take alot of time or thought and since my kids do not have money to buy them, we will be making our gifts this year!
We will be making Christmas treats and sharing them with our neighbors, sending cards with notes of encouragement to friends, and volunteering at church during this holiday season. We will be driving around looking at Christmas lights each Saturday night in our PJ’s, we will have Christmas music blaring daily via 94.1 KLTY, and I will be doing a 25 Days of Christmas Cookies series!
We are believers in Christ and will be celebrating HIS birthday and talking about why we celebrate Christmas each year.
I would love to hear how you are celebrating this year! What traditions do you have?