I'm REALLY learning and trying as I get older to make Christmas more about Christs birth, spending time with our family and the spirit of giving more than about the gifts. It's difficult, but we are trying.
Our traditions though we remember year to year. Our traditions keep us more focused on spending time as a family and the fun of Christmas rather than the gifts, our traditions are important.
One of my favorite traditions/useful Holiday tips that I thought I'd pass along is an idea my husband gave me that his Aunt Kathryn used to do with her kids and I thought it was just such a brilliant idea.
She would get each of her kids a different wrapping paper and wrap all the gifts in them, and wouldn't tell her girls who's was who's until Christmas morning.
|Can you guess who's is who's?|
|No peeking until Christmas!|
|Kids hanging the lights|
|the little ones with grandma|
|My kiddos in the kitchen making sugar cookies|
|The best part (other than eating them) is decorating them!|
|My gingerbread men|
|My husband, nephew, and brother in law's going to get pizza in the blizzard of 2009|
After pizza we settle down and get the kids and read about Christ's birth out of Luke. While we are reading we let the kids take the nativity pieces and move them around to the story.
|Each Christmas the kids look forward to this|
|My MIL makes a cake each year|
|Waiting to open his one present|
|It's ALWAYS been PJ's|
After the kiddos go to bed my husband and I bring down all the "Santa" gifts. The Santa paper I try and find always has an image of Santa on it and is the traditional red color. I love waking up Christmas morning and seeing the kids faces. Every year my husband and I are so excited we usually have to wake the kids up!
We take our time opening presents, mixed in with Christmas music, and have pigs in a blanket for breakfast. For lunch I usually make a ham and we spend the rest of the day enjoying our time together as a family.
This year we have added Advent to our list of traditions we will be doing. I look forward each Sunday night to our family bible study together when we do Advent. (Advent is not biblical, it's just tradition to help remember and anticipate the coming of Christmas and to help us keep focused on Christ during this season).
|Our first Advent wreath|
What are your favorite Christmas traditions? I'd LOVE to hear about them in my comments! No matter how your celebrate Christmas this year, I hope you and your family have a wonderful, awesome VERY Merry Christmas. God Bless.