I am struggling with keeping the true meaning of Christmas in the minds of my children this year. I know. Kids are young, and kids are selfish, but I’ve been blessed with some really great kids that will put the needs of others before themselves… especially my daughter, Ashley.
Yet every time I turn on the TV now, I’m bombarded with “I want that!” “Mom, think Santa will bring that for me?” Even Parker, my littlest one, can’t walk through a store without wanting everything in sight.
As a mom of 5 – soon to be 6 – and only one household income, we can’t afford to splurge on our kids at Christmas. Nor would I want to if we could afford it, because that’s not what Christmas is about to me. It’s about giving, not receiving, and about being with family, friends, and those you love. And it’s about Jesus. God gave us the greatest gift in His Son, and it’s a free gift. We couldn’t buy it for any amount of money.
Now, don’t get me wrong. My kids will get presents for Christmas, and I’m sure they’ll get several things from their list… probably more than they need. But, we won’t be going overboard with present after present – whether they like it or not. I’m just not ready to hear the complaints if they don’t get exactly what they asked for this year.
So, I come to my readers with this question: How do you keep the Spirit of Christmas alive in your house? How do you show your children that Christmas is about more than just presents under the tree and how much “stuff” you’ve got?
I need some real, genuine ideas for this. I want this to be a Christmas my kids will remember. Not because of the toys they find under the tree, but because of what they’ve done for someone else this year.