Traditions, gifts, family, cheer? What does Christmas really mean to you?
Every year I wonder this myself- what does Christmas mean to me? Coming from a divorced family it was always a tough time for me as we wouldn’t celebrate together as a family. Isn’t that what Christmas is about? Families getting together? Celebrating their love for each other?
Or maybe it’s about the gifts? The guy in the red suit. The millions of advertisements for the newest toys, clothing trends and technology. In fact the average Canadian spends $900 in the month of December on gifts- yes $900 and that seems low- if your counting kids, husband, dog, cat, family, friends, charities, it adds up. So is it about the gifts?
Do you celebrate for the religious aspect of Christmas. The religious Holiday celebrating the birth of Christ. It seems nowadays there are so many beliefs and celebrations around the Christmas season. Everyone has adapted their own traditions. Their own way of celebrating.
Christmas to me is;
Creating new traditions with my family- Decorating the tree as a family, visiting Santa at the mall, signing Christmas carols in the car, watching Christmas movies together, Baking with great grandma and grammy, and writing a letter with Dad to Santa.
Appreciating how fortunate we are- To appreciate the small things in life. The everyday miracles of small growing children. Watching my son flourish with therapy and try to defeat his Autism, listening to my daughter learning how to read and pronouncing all her phonetic sounds, having an amazing Dad who does it all; works, cleans, helps out with kids. Christmas reminds me to celebrate these wins.
The gift of giving- Reminding yourself and your family that not every family lives the life we live. Not everyone gets turkey dinner, or a present under the tree. Not every child gets to meet Santa at the mall. Not every child has a warm bed to sleep in at night. The best part of the Christmas season is creating opportunities for giving. It can be as simple as donating a toy at the local toy drive or going through your pantry and donate all food items your family won’t be needing to the local food bank. You could go to the grocery store and buy a turkey and donate to the local food bank. The Christmas Bureau is always looking for families, schools, etc. to sign up with your local Christmas Bureau and adopt a family for Christmas. local Starbucks drive thru, buy the persons drink in line behind you. You never know what kind of day that person is having. I know this will guarantee a smile on their face and hope that the pass on the good deed. The gestures we make to give during the holiday can be so small but so meaningful.
Don’t get caught up in wrapping gifts, decorating or the shopping madness. Stop and think how you can teach your children what Christmas means to you.
Every year since Taylor was born we have brought her to Toysrus to pick out the perfect toy to donate to someone in need. We talk about how some children don’t get to see Santa. Some children don’t have a tree or parents to help buy gifts at Christmas. We talk about how some kids cannot attend ballet classes or swimming. We talk about how hard mommy and daddy work hard to provide for our family and some children don’t have mommies and daddies who work. I believe it is never too early to educate our kids about the importance of giving.
This is what Christmas means to me.
So ask yourself, what does Christmas mean to you?