Christmas begins on December 25th, and continues until January 6th. Christmastide is a beautiful season with simple pleasures.
I think we have to be so careful to not raise our children with a sense of entitlement, but with a sense of gratitude. Gratitude begins with us, and with how we are gracious and grateful with less material things and more with the connections the seKason provides. Kim John Payne talks more about this important topic here: http://www.themotherco.com/2013/12/a-simple-holiday-less-toys-and-more-time/
I have my own suggestions for slowing down and enjoying Christmastide.
- Go media free if you are not media free already.
- Get outside. Hike, ski, skate, and enjoy the season and the great outdoors in your area.
- Have a Christmastide party with your close friends and family members.
- Have a board game night or a night of playing cards together.
- Have a crafting night. You can make rose windows, straw stars, window stars, paper lanterns, dip candles, or roll candles.
- Visit something seasonal in your area – a winter wonderland, ice skating, a cultural celebration.
- If you are religious, attend your place of worship for the wonderful feast days that happen during Christmastide.
- Take a night to make popcorn and tell tales.
- Do sweet and kind things for each other throughout the twelve days of Christmas
- Say thank you often for the small things in life, and model this for your children.
Please leave a comment in the comment box regarding your favorite traditions for Christmas.