Making Christmas special without Christ
Christian families have their faith to focus on during the holidays instead of the presents (though in my experience, few do). If you celebrate Christmas, what do you do to make it about something a little more special than presents?
Growing up, Christmas was about nothing more than presents present presents. That only really changed when I hit about 25. Now Christmas is an excuse to see family and get nostalgic. I want my kids to enjoy the holidays as much as I did growing up but I also want it to be a time for them to feel grateful for all the things we are afforded that other families may not have. I certainly don't want my kids to feel "blessed". I feel like we are able to live the lifestyle we live because my DH and I have worked our rear ends off. How do I give my kids nice presents for Christmas while still letting them know that it was their parent's hard work that purchased them (eventually, Santa will be visiting until they figure that part out). I've thought about making the week before Christmas a time to focus on community service. I'll have the kids think of things to do and we'll do them together as a family. Then, presents will be a reward for the good work they've done. That'll have to wait a few years so in the meantime Christmas will be about Santa and delicious food. :)