5 Simple ways we’re putting Christ back in Christmas
I’m sure I’m not shocking you with this revelation, but we are not wealthy! Not by any stretch of the imagination (at least not monetarily). However, I’m proud to say that over the years we’ve become so much more responsible over the blessings that God has put in our lives. That being said, I think early on we may have over compensated when it came to Christmas gifts. Maybe it’s because we felt we didn’t have enough money to give the biggest and the best, so we aimed for quantity. We chose cheaper alternatives, but way too many of them!
Looking back I can see where we may have gone a bit overboard (mostly because my children were never “too good” for Dollar store gifts). However, what we overlooked is that they were still being spoiled. They still received so many gifts that they could hardly keep track of what they had. This also led to them not really cherishing or having too much care for what they received. They are so used to over receiving that it’s taken for granted that actual, hard earned money went into these toys. We don’t want Christmas to get lost in the presents, and we don’t want to set a standard that we may not always be able to keep up with.
- Slowly over the last few years, we’ve already been trying to cut back. During the months leading up to the big Christmas countdown, we mentioned a couple times to the kids that the presents would be a little lighter this year.
- Next, we’re making the weeks leading up to Christmas all about others! We put on some Christmas music, grabbed some snacks, and began going through all of their gently used toys we felt would be a blessing to other children.
- We’ve also taught the kids about organizations like Samaritan’s purse, who deliver shoeboxes full of Christmas presents to children in need. In fact, their school showed a video of children who receive these boxes and even let the kids help fill loads of them! This really bolstered the kids enthusiasm to do extra chores in an effort to raise money that we would be put toward filling our own shoe boxes. And good news-it’s not too late, you can fill a shoebox virtually!
- Of course since it’s a birthday celebration, we make a special birthday cake for Jesus every year. This is such a great opportunity to talk about what we can “give” Jesus for his birthday. Things like writing out christmas greetings to our neighbors, or baking cookies for friends.
- And lastly and most importantly we spend time reading, talking and asking questions about the life of Jesus. Our kids know that Christmas is the time of year that we celebrate the birth of Jesus, but we’re taking more time to really bring the main focus back to him.
I feel like we’ve worked ourselves into a corner with gift giving. Our kids have always known that Jesus is the reason for the season, but c’mon, who are we trying to fool!? To them, he’s secondary to presents. I want to shift that. I’m not looking to kill Christmas, just to prioritize according to importance. Jesus, then a few presents-and TONS of Christmas songs,and cookies!
You know I love the community chat! So tell me, what are some things you’re doing to make this a Merry Christmas in Jesus name?