Friday, December 5, 2008

Our Christmas traditions!

I am so excited to talk about the blessings that are there for us to experience this Christmas season. By 'us' I am not only refering to my family of four, but all of you as well. We are so blessed to have the privelage to worship and celebrate the Birth of Jesus.

This feeling of privelage is what had me on a quest to find a way to tell the True Christmas story to my little darlings in a way that they would understand that christmas is to celebrate Jesus, and not Santa.

I am not against Santa, however we do not give gifts in the name of santa, nor do we take pictures with santa. I believe Santa was a real man and he was a very generous person and blessed people with his generosity. However we have many "Santa's" then because there are many who give unselfishly to bless others. Does this then mean we celebrate Christmas in honor of all the santa's? Or do we celebrate Christmas in worship because our savior Jesus was born a miraculous birth, and because of the love the Lord has shown us we give our hearts unselfishly to bless others around us that may not know this miraculous story?

Now, back to my quest. I have explained the reason for my quest, now I want to share with you how this story will be told to my young darlings that will be simple but very exciting.

I love the countdown to christmas, however 25 days is to long for the short attention spans of my little ones. So why not go with the 12 days before christmas? At first I thought I could do the actual song, but that doesn't tell the birth story. So I thought, 'why not use my own 12 days before christmas'? I purchased a Nativity set and I will split it up into 12 parts and wrap each part and label them with a number. Each morning I will place a present under the childrens tree and at night before bed we will let the boys unwrap the gift of the day and tell them what that part of the nativity means in the amazing story of the birth of Jesus.

I chose to buy a nativity thatwas very real looking and could be used each year as the boys get older. I also looked for a set that the baby was a seperate piece from the manger. I felt I wanted to wrap them seperate to really make a statement on cchristmas day that the day of Jesus birth is why we celebrate.

In preparation for this we also purchased a 2 foot christmas tree for the children to decorate with ornaments that they make. We will place it on the dresser in they're room, then that is the tree we will place the 12 days of christmas presents. The nativity will then be place on they're dresser as each day unfolds.

I love traditions and I wanted traditions for the whole month of December to make a season of christmas not just a day where we get presents.

We get together with a few great friends with little children and we make christmas cookies. On christmas eve we open one present , and it is always a pair of pj's.

This concludes our family traditions, I hope you make the most of this Christmas season and celebrate in the birth story.

God Bless, Christina


Elizabeth said...

hey c, love the nativity tradition. i have mine under my christmas tree and tulip "plays" with it. it's a hand-me-down from davis's greandparents...the real holy land wood carved set...we could never have afforded it on our own. but it's so sturdy tulip cannot hurt it. :-) yay!

we don't celebrate "santa" but we do take photos and i have 1 santa in our house b/c tulip is frightened of him and i don't want her to be afraid of him when we got to a store or something (picture to cmoe on that one!). we are teaching her the story of Chris Cringle though...the "real" santa and how he shared the spirit of Jesus in his giving. I do not want to tell her that he's the santa that comes down the just doesn't suit me either. :-)

thanks for sharing!

take photos of the tree after the boys decorate it! and i want to see your tree too!

Elena said...

That is a wonderful idea and tradition, Christina!

Mari said...

I like your nativity set and your traditions. I'm doing a post on our traditions but plan to post it next week. Thanks for shairng yours!

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

Thanks for sharing--sounds like a fun Christmas at your house!

Anonymous said...


you're definitely doing it right.

((unlike me))