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Christmas is a time for family and a time for giving.
I love Christmas, I am one of those people that beg to put up the Christmas tree on December 1 if not before. My husband will be reluctant but he knows how much I love the Christmas season. I love the colours, the smells, the food, the gatherings, the family time, the snow (I so hope it snows this year), I love the Christmas story, I love the faith, I love the traditions.
Every year at Christmas as a kid we would visit extended relatives and we would have dinner and open gifts. To this day I remember the gatherings more than the gifts. I love the get togethers , the big family dinners with all the conversations, the kids playing, the adults talking and yummy Christmas foods. We have tried to instill in our child the value of family and the value of the Christmas spirit.
Giving To Others
In our small town around Christmas they put up what is called an angel tree. On this tree are names of those less fortunate, children who’s family aren’t doing to well during the holidays maybe Mom or Dad left or someone lost a job or they are just down on their luck. We talk to our child about this tree every year and we try to buy a gift for an angel tree child when we can afford to help.
We have also gotten into the habit of donating to the Food Bank or Christmas Bureau every year and we let our child deliver the box full of non perishable food donations. Helping others in need is part of the Christmas spirit.
We will buy our child four Christmas gifts this year.
This year we have decided to limit our Christmas gift options for more meaningful choices. We have also asked those buying our child gifts this year to either make the gifts, buy experience gifts such as a trip to the zoo or skating. We have chosen four gifts and handmade gifts and experience gifts for a reason. Our child has lots of toys just like most children and those toys get played with once of twice and they go on a shelf. Children are also influenced by the “want” of the shiny new toy on the commercials or in the paper or what their friends have. We are searching to give our child more value to the holiday season.
We Are Buying Our Child Four Gifts For Christmas This Year:
- A toy something we know will be enjoyed
- A book for him to read or for us to read with him
- An article of clothing, probably a t-shirt or sweater
- A board game, one the whole family will enjoy
Every year we hear about this toy being totally cool or so and so has this toy I would like it. But if you really listen and pay attention you will see what your child is truly interested in. We have opted to buy a toy based on our child’s interests not on a replication of a toy they already have.
Reading with your child is important and we find that our child loves story time. Developing a personal want for reading novels is also important. We will be purchasing a book to read with our child this year, something we can cuddle on the couch and read chapter by chapter. Literature helps develop the imagination and language skills, reading together will help develop and strengthen your bond.
An Article Of Clothing
Generally, when I say I am buying clothes at Christmas for someone people think pajamas or Christmas dinner clothes. Our child is lucky every year he gets three new pairs of homemade pajamas from his Grandmother. He actually prefers Grandma’s pajamas to store bought ones I think because he know’s Grandma made them with love. We live on the cold and wet West Coast so given that our child is an every growing boy warm clothing items at Christmas are a must.
A Board Game
Family time is important and what better way to spend time together than laughing and giggling over a board game. This year we are opting for a vintage board game something us adults played when we were kids. Classic board games challenged the brain, helped you learn skills and were not based on television shows and social media.
So this year our child will get four gifts; a toy, a book, a piece of clothing and a board game. We will also donate to those less fortunate than us. We will cherish the season as a family celebrating with tradition and togetherness.
Have an amazing day.