We haven’t always celebrated Christmas. In fact, it has only been in recent years that we even got a small tree. A local shop owner saw our daughter admiring the little artificial tree. She and I talked about how pretty it was, not knowing that the owner overheard us. As we left, he came out carrying a box. He said that we had forgotten something. To our delight, he placed the tree in our trunk.
The main reason for not celebrating was due to the holiday being so commercial. It was all about the gifts, not the religious story. People routinely go into debt trying to buy the perfect gift. It just didn’t feel right.
After having the kids, we made the decision to celebrate. The compromise for us was that we limit the gifts. We also teach the kids to make their gifts. This one simple thing helps teach children to give of their time and talents to others.
The little ones are ages 9 and 7 years old this season. With a little guidance, Little Miss chose a project to make for Daddy. She wanted to make him something that he can take onto the truck with him. It was a simple project to complete but very useful. Little Man needed more help with his gift to Daddy. Mostly due to his lack of fine motor development. He had fun with it though.
Giving homemade gifts whenever possible has become a family tradition. We also limit the number of gifts. In doing this, the kids are much more appreciative of what they receive.
The Christmas tree has a few secondhand ornaments. Gradually, we are adding handmade ornaments to it each year. A new thing added to the tree this year also was battery powered little lights. We found those at Hobby Lobby.
Having a simple Christmas has been a blessing. We can focus on the meaning of the holiday without all the stress and hoopla that other families face. We can use it as a time to serve others and give of ourselves in remebrance of Christ giving of Himself for us. It is also an opportunity to teach the kids that it isn’t all about than, but learn to enjoy the giving to others.
I love how we celebrate Christmas. It is so much more peaceful and enjoyable for our family. I pray that others can enjoy the holiday as that celebrate with their families.