Monday, November 28, 2011
TIS THE SEASON
This morning - cyber Monday - on the way to preschool we passed this. A house littered with Santa Clauses. It was/is obnoxious.
The scene brought a smile to K's face.
The whole situation - the obnoxious number of Santas and K's amusement - really got me thinking. With the craziness of Christmastime - Black Friday, Cyber Monday, sales, shopping, gifts, and the constant questioning "what do you want Santa to bring you?" - how do I keep the true spirit of the season? And more importantly how do I teach my three year old to embrace the true spirit of the season? Especially with scenes like this along our daily drive to school?
I don't know that I have the answer to this question, but I do have some ideas...
First, I am spending some time studying the true meaning of Christmas. I've signed up to do a 25 day Advent devotional. I figure keeping my focus on the true meaning of the season is a good place to start. Hopefully I can impart some of my learning on K - sharing stories and insights with her.
We also plan to act out the Christmas story with our Little People Nativity Set over and over and over again!
Second, I am trying to take the focus off of getting gifts by giving them... K and I made a list of people we'd like to get gifts for and people we'd like to take Christmas cookies to. We are going to spend our time during the coming weeks thinking about others, making cookies for them, and making homemade gifts.
We are also going to have a cookie decorating party at our house. This will be a time celebrate the gift of friendship.
Finally, we plan to stay as far away from Target and other department stores - avoiding temptation.
Any other suggestions to help keep Christ the focus of Christmas?